Committee passes Deal’s budget amendments including removal of Mercer expansion

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ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Wednesday was day two of the emergency special session called by Governor Nathan Deal.

Members of the state’s appropriations committee got to hear Deal’s recommendations on funding increases.

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After going over the hundreds of millions in losses to agriculture industries and state agencies, Deal asked the committee for a $69.3 million increase to the governor’s emergency fund.

He told committee members debris removal alone in South Georgia will cost about $82 million. Deal also recommended that the body remove two items from the agenda.

One of those items was Mercer University’s expansion project in Columbus, Georgia.



“Both of these are worthwhile projects. They have local support that we of course hope you would look at in the next session of the general assembly,” Deal said.

Additionally, he asked for $55 million funds to be allocated specifically to farmers in South Georgia.

Deal’s budget amendment recommendations did pass during the hearing.