The Georgia House has approved a budget correction for the mid-years that increases funding for school safety and affected farmers by the devastation of Hurricane Michael in October.

Republican representative Terry England, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said the $ 192.5 million of additional expenses expired on Friday after better-than-expected continued sales growth.

However, England said it represented a conservative approach and planned for "small bumps" that the state might see in the coming year, as revenues fluctuate as a result of the lowering of state taxes in 2018.

The new budget puts $ 10 million more in public funding in the Georgia Development Authority to support a loan program created during a special legislative session in November. The program benefited farmers and people in the agricultural sector, hit by hurricane Michael, who caused major damage in Southwest Georgia and caused billions of dollars in crop damage.

England said the program had already distributed $ 55 million in loans and that the extra funding would help 30 to 35 farmers in the state.

The budget also includes funding for the safety of schools mentioned in the budget proposal of the Republican Government Brian Kemp. It allocates $ 30,000 for every public school in the state for increased security measures, such as additional school tools, decided at local level. The budget also includes more than $ 8 million for mental health care resources in high schools in Georgia.

The modified budget, which runs until 30 June, has received two-tier support. It has adopted the House with a voice of 166 to 8.

Bob Trammell, the leader of the house minority, said that while supporting the budget, he wanted the legislator to consider a plan that would fully expand Medicaid at a cost of about $ 150 million a year for the state.

The budget that was passed included $ 1 million of state money to finance a consultant to analyze options for a Medicaid preferred distance statement from the Republicans and the governor.

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