The goal is to do the best for the people of Georgia, “we have to give up pride of authorship,” said Hugley, House Minority Whip. “We can’t afford to stand on ‘it was my bill and it’s my name on it,’” she said. “Whenever you’re in the minority party when someone takes your idea you know it’s a good idea.”
Evans’ initial bill would have cost $30 million to implement. Deal’s recommended budget includes almost $7.3 million to cover full tuition for fewer students.
The average cost of tuition at Georgia’s technical colleges is about $900 per semester. Books account for another $300 and fees $130 in per semester costs, school officials said. About 85,000 technical college students earning at least a 2.0 GPA receive the HOPE grant, which pays about $730 of these expenses each semester.
The bill now goes to the full committee for consideration.