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Georgia House approves 2008 supplemental budget

The state House of Representatives voted 159-6 this morning to pass the mid-year adjustment to the fiscal 2008 state budget.

The supplemental budget included $332 million in additional funding to the $20.2 billion budget. The governor typically estimates revenues conservatively, resulting in additional tax money being available for the next legislative session.

Major new spending included $40 billion to help expand existing reservoirs and build new ones, some $53 million for the state's trauma care network, and a $30 million increase in equalization grants to school systems around the state.

The school funding was the major change from Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed supplemental budget.

The supplemental budget now goes to the Senate, and will require the governor's signature to become law.

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