Legislators approved new gas and hotel taxes during the 2015 session in hopes of raising $900 million or so for road and bridge projects.
Through the end of May, revenue collections were up about $1 billion, excluding the new gas and hotel taxes.
That should give Gov. Nathan Deal extra money to put into state reserves, one of his top priorities. During the Great Recession, state reserves were almost emptied, and Deal has set a goal of leaving office in 2019 with $2 billion in the state’s “rainy day” account.