It is also good news for Kemp, who is up for reelection this year and faces both Republican and Democratic opposition. The state’s fiscal economist, Jeffrey Dorfman, told lawmakers Tuesday that he expects a slowing of revenue growth in 2022.
The numbers have been boosted since mid-2020 by federal aid to Georgians that was approved after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. That aid for many Georgians continued through 2021.
Dorfman, a University of Georgia economist, told lawmakers that personal income is up 8% from before the COVID-19 pandemic. With massive federal spending, he said, Georgians have saved an extra $75 billion since the start of the pandemic.
Now that most Georgians are no longer receiving direct federal payments, the state will see less revenue because that extra money boosted sales tax collections. That could mean slower growth in the coming year, he said.