Governor to sign new budget in Albany

Governor to sign new budget in Albany
Governor Deal speaks to the media the day after his re-election

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal will hold bill signing ceremonies for House Bill 76, the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget, throughout the state on Monday May 11.

One of the stops on his barnstorming tour will be at Albany State, which is receiving a large financial allotment for a new fine arts complex.

Schedule of events-

8:45 a.m. Habersham County, Arrendale State Prison, Alto

11 a.m. Bulloch County, Georgia Southern University,Marvin Pittman Administration Building, Statesboro

2:15 p.m. Dougherty County, Albany State University, Billy C. Black Auditorium, Albany

4 p.m. Bibb County, Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Lowe Aviation lobby, Macon

5:30 p.m. Whitfield County, Dalton Municipal Airport conference room, Dalton

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute says the $21.8 billion budget proposed for Georgia's 2016 fiscal year projects revenue growth of about 4.2% in the state's main account for services such as education and public safety, the general fund. That's $834 million more than the recently revised 2015 revenue estimate.

State revenues are above pre-recession levels, but the proposed budget still incorporates in its base several billion dollars in cuts to state programs and services made since 2007.

The proposed 2016 state budget is still $3 billion below the 2007 fiscal year levels, on an inflation-adjusted per capita basis.

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