Georgia's Budget: The Big Picture

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Georgia’s fiscal year 2017 budget stands at $23.7 billion in state funds. How the state plans to spend – and raise – that money is perhaps one of the most important parts of the state legislative process.

The state has benefited from some above trend growth, as well as new transportation revenues, and it is expected to go into fiscal year 2018 with around $1.9 billion in reserves.

But, what does that really mean for the state government overall?

Now that state agency budget submissions are in for next year, it’s a great time to make sure you understand how larger funding trends may affect your agency or constituency in the coming fiscal year.

On Nov. 15, during a special presentation at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Dr. Carolyn Bourdeaux, former director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, will provide a high-level overview of Georgia’s budget.

She will address structural revenue dilemmas, current economic constraints, areas of concern in the state’s expenditures, and other forces affecting the state budget. In addition, Bourdeaux will dive into state revenue and expenditure trends, as well as highlight how Georgia stacks up against surrounding states.

She’ll also cover four of the state’s major spending areas: K-12 education, higher education, Medicaid and transportation.

Bourdeaux currently serves as director of the Center for State and Local Finance, assistant director of the Fiscal Research Center, and as an associate professor of public management and policy for the Andrew Young School. She is also the chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM).

This state budget presentation is being hosted by the Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University. Coffee and pastries will be provided. Please RSVP by Nov. 7.


  • What: Georgia’s Budget: The Big Picture
  • When: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Nov. 15, 2016
  • Where: Andrew Young School, 14 Marietta Street, Atlanta (Room 749)
  • RSVP by Nov. 7.
  • Questions: Email

This article written by:

Joy L. Woodson, Director, Marketing and Communications
Center for State and Local Finance, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies