Politically Georgia: Inside Georgia’s record-smashing budget

Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) arrives at a press conference on preparations for an incoming winter storm on January 14th, 2022 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia. (Nathan Posner for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Nathan Posner for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) arrives at a press conference on preparations for an incoming winter storm on January 14th, 2022 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia. (Nathan Posner for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Nathan Posner for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How does Gov. Brian Kemp plan to spend $30.2 billion?

Kemp has proposed the largest budget in state history, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution state budget expert James Salzer joins Politically Georgia podcast host Greg Bluestein to explain what the governor plans to do with the $3.7 billion surplus.

“Gov. Kemp is in a Mardi Gras parade throwing out candy to people because there’s so much available in this budget,” Salzer said.

Plus, why there’s so much money going to education and prisons.