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Update Posted February 18, 2014

House Approves FY15 Budget

The FY15 Budget continues to advance and the House has adopted its version of the FY15 budget, which now goes to the Senate.

Gov. Nathan Deal included very strong recommendations for the University System and Senior Vice Chancellor for External Affairs Tom Daniel said, “We are both thankful and grateful for the Governor’s excellent recommendations.”

Working from the Governor’s recommendations, the House budget includes an additional $1.2 million in state general funds (primarily for programs related to the Agricultural Experiment Station and small business development) and an additional $36.8 million for capital outlay projects. This brings the total House version of the budget for the USG to $57.3 million in state general funds and $183,785,000 in new capital outlay (including the Georgia Public Libraries).

Below are the key items in the budget related to the USG:

Item Board Request Governor’s
Recommendation
House Version
Formula
Enrollment changes ($20,152,068) 0 0
Maintenance and Operations 20,638,128 $9,019,889 $9,019,889
Health Insurance (normal increase) 8,549,265 8,549,265 8,549,265
Health Insurance (Affordable Care Act) 20,600,000 0 0
Retiree Health and Life (new retirees) 5,574,962 5,883,362 5,883,362
TRS & ERS Retirement Increase 691,784 12,909,388 12,909,388
ORP (rate increase) 10,000,000 0 0
Payback projects retired 1,014,809 1,014,809 1,014,809
Ga. Gwinnett - reduce funding (1,375,000) (1,375,000) (1,375,000)
Formula - merit-based pay, employee
recruitment and retention
11,368,766 11,368,766
Formula subtotal 45,541,880 47,370,479 47,370,479
Other Items 4,641,427 8,768,493 9,937,008
Total - requested increase State General Funds 50,183,307 56,138,972 57,307,487
Capital OutlayEquipment
Ga. State - Humanities/Law bldg. 7,000,000 7,000,000 7,000,000
Clayton State - science bldg. 2,900,000 2,900,000 2,900,000
GRU - cancer research bldg. 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
Equipment subtotal 14,900,000 14,900,000 14,900,000
New Construction
Albany State - fine arts center (design) 24,100,000 1,400,000 1,400,000
Georgia Southern - military science bldg. 550,000 9,500,000 9,500,000
UGA - science bldg. 44,700,000 44,700,000 44,700,000
New Construction subtotal 69,350,000 55,600,000 55,600,000
Small Capital Projects
Gordon - Hightower Library renov. 4,400,000 0 0
UGA - Baldwin Hall 4,900,000 0 3,875,000
Fort Valley - Bishop Hall 4,000,000 0 0
Columbus State - Arnold Hall renov. 4,950,000 0 4,950,000
Univ. North Ga. - Oconee Campus annex 2,500,000 0 0
Atlanta Metro - infrastructure renov./upgrades 2,500,000 0 2,500,000
ABAC - lab science bldg. phase II 2,700,000 0 2,700,000
Valdosta State - Univ. Center renov. 1,900,000 0 0
GRU - Reese Library, replace HVAC 4,600,000 0 0
Fort Valley - Kell building 0 0 750,000
Ga. Tech - hazardous material storage facility 4,500,000 0 4,500,000
Small Capital subtotal 36,950,000 0 19,275,000
Capital Outlay Planning
Georgia Gwinnett - academic bldg. 1,100,000 FY14Amended FY14Amended
Georgia College - Beeson Hall renov. 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Georgia Tech - Price Gilbert Memorial Library renov. 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000
Savannah State - science/technology facilities 2,500,000 0 2,500,000
UGA - Turfgrass bldg. 0 0 3,000,000
Capital Outlay planning subtotal 6,300,000 2,700,000 8,200,000
Capital Outlay - Other
Major Repair and Rehabilitation 80,000,000 60,000,000 60,000,000
Kennesaw State - purchase Brandsmart property 9,900,000 0 4,950,000
Middle Georgia - airplane replacement 2,000,000 0 0
Regents Office - digital broadband PeachNet access 0 2,500,000 2,500,000
Ga. Research Alliance - equipment 0 8,970,000 10,000,000
GPTC - WACG antenna replacement 0 290,000 290,000
Ag/Coop Extension - MRR 0 0 4,000,000
Ag. Experiment Station - equipment 0 0 1,000,000
GPTC - equipment/communications upgrades 0 0 1,070,000
Other Capital subtotal 91,900,000 71,760,000 83,810,000
Capital Outlay - Georgia Public Libraries 24,225,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Total FY14 USG Capital Request 243,625,000 146,960,000 183,785,000

Posted by John Millsaps
Published in: Legislation

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