Volume 2 | January 2020
The Capitol Express
Greetings from your Capitol!

We returned to the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, for the second week of the 2020 legislative session, which is commonly referred to as “budget week.” This week, we began the state budget process, which is one of the most important responsibilities we have during the legislative session as we are constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget each year.

Over the course of three days, the House and Senate Appropriations committees held a series of joint budget hearings, and Gov. Kemp presented his recommendations and priorities for the amended budget and upcoming 2021 fiscal year budget.

To view the entire budget document click, Full Budget Documen t .

Our second week under the Gold Dome was certainly busy as we worked to ensure that we efficiently allocate our state revenue to best serve the needs of all Georgians. 

In addition to attending the budget hearing, my week also included meeting with representatives from the University System of Georgia Chancellor's Office, Georgia Student Finance Commission and my fellow Georgians to discuss ways to enable our system of higher education to bring additional positive opportunities to you.

My colleagues and I will return to the Capitol on Monday, January 27 for day five of the legislative session. Please contact me with your input and thoughts on proposed legislation that may impact our community. When you visit your Capitol please consider stopping by our office at Capitol 417. You can also reach me by phone at my Capitol office at 404-656-5064 or by email at chuck.martin@house.ga.gov

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Yours in Service ,
Legislative Week Two - Budget Week
Georgia State Capitol
University System of Georgia Budget Priorities
Some of the University System of Georgia budget priorities:

  • Resources to provide a $1,000 salary enhancement to full-time, regular University System employees earning less than $40,000 per year
  • $78 million for resident instruction (reflects 1.18% increase in credit hour enrollment and graduate medical education and 0.50% percent square footage increase)
  • $50 million for major repairs and renovations system-wide 
  • $9.7 million for increases in health benefits costs for USG employees and retirees
  • $4.5 million for payments to TRS for employees who transferred to ORP
Committee Assignments
I remain honored to serve my neighbors in House District 49 and Georgians on the following committees:

  • The Rural Development Council
You can find the schedules of these committees and the online streaming links of each by clicking on the links above or by clicking here .
Team Higher Education
For the next few months during this Legislative Session, you'll most likely find me at the Capitol in my office. It is my absolute honor to serve you all and my hometown community; look forward to hearing from and seeing you.

417 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334 

Executive Assistant: Sarah Galyean Sarah.Galyean@house.ga.gov

Intern: Matthew Couper Matthew.Couper@house.ga.gov