Trump budget plan could mean big changes for state of Georgia programs

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Trump budget plan could mean big changes for state of Georgia programs

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President Donald Trump’s budget prroposal could have a big impact on state government (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

There are many taxpayer-supported programs that President Donald Trump’s spending plan would touch, and a lot of them are in the state budget that the Georgia General Assembly will finalize in the next few weeks.

The Georgia budget for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1, would spend about $49 billion. Around $13.9 billion of that comes from the federal government, and some of that is being targeted by Trump for cuts.

More than half of the total, $7.6 billion, goes for Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor and disabled and pays nursing homes to care for the elderly. The budget for that program will be effected by how the president and Congress re-write health care laws and programs, if they can come to an agreement.

Congress, of course, will step in. And even in times of united government, it often has its own set of priorities that differs from the White House’s.

For more on the potential impact on Georgia, check out our coverage on myajc.com

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