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June 13, 2019

Press Release
Governor Kemp: Georgia Secures AAA Bond Rating

| Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Georgia again secured the highest ratings of AAA with a stable outlook from the three main credit rating agencies: Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor’s (S&P). Of the states that issue general obligation bonds, only nine currently meet this standard. Georgia’s upcoming general obligation bond sale will fund over $997 million in capital projects. The Peach State's AAA rating allows for the lowest possible interest costs when going to market next week.

“This announcement is great news for Georgia, demonstrating our commitment to fiscal balance and ensuring we can meet our present and future obligations. Maintaining the Peach State's AAA bond rating is one of my highest priorities as governor, and I am proud that we again secured this important distinction,” said Governor Kemp. “Our fiscal leadership means that our bonds are highly attractive to investors, and as a result, enables the state to save taxpayers millions of dollars each year with low interest rates for borrowing.

"This rating emphasizes the strength of our economy and shows companies that we are a well-managed, reliable state in which to invest.”

Fitch, Moody’s, and S&P cited the strength of Georgia’s economy with a positive employment trend, growth of the state’s rainy day fund, a balanced approach to primary revenue sources, and consistent funding of obligations as factors contributing to AAA ratings. The credit rating agencies’ individual ratings are Aaa, AAA and AAA, respectively, which are the highest ratings available and indicative of sound fiscal management.

Bond Rating Agency Report Excerpts

FitchRatings:

“Georgia's 'AAA' Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) reflects the state's conservative debt management, proven willingness and ability to maintain fiscal balance and a broad-based and expanding economy with job growth outpacing national trends. The state proactively addressed weakened revenues during the great recession through steep spending cuts and draws from its rainy-day fund (the revenue shortfall reserve [RSR]). Since then, Georgia has maintained a conservative approach to fiscal management, by limiting spending growth and making progress in rebuilding the RSR balance. … Georgia’s long-term liability burden is low… While the state issues bonds regularly for capital needs, amortization of principal is rapid. Additionally, Georgia fully funds its actuarially determined contributions (ADCs) for pensions and the net pension liability is a low burden on resources.”

Moody’s Investors Service:

“Georgia's (Aaa stable) strong credit profile reflects relatively low debt and pension obligations and robust fiscal management and governance. … Georgia's economic growth has driven revenue growth … The revenue out-performance has strengthened Georgia's finances and has contributed to the persistent build-up in its rainy day fund, the revenue shortfall reserve. … Georgia's long-term liabilities are moderate, and unlikely to grow to a level that pressures the state's budget. … The state’s approach to debt management reflects Georgia’s commitment to maintaining an affordable debt burden. … Georgia's strong governance framework and financial management practices have helped to support the state's rating over many years.

S&P Global Ratings:

The AAA rating reflects our view of the state’s well-diversified and broad-based economic growth that is outpacing that of the nation; strong financial monitoring and oversight with a history of budget adjustments, mainly through expenditure reductions, to restore fiscal balance; additional flexibility provided by continued growth in the revenue shortfall reserve (RSR); moderate debt position bolstered by rapid amortization; and proactive management of long-term liabilities through full funding of the state's portion of pension contributions and the creation of other postemployment benefit (OPEB) fund reserves… Georgia’s credit fundamentals remain strong, anchored by continued economic growth.”

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June 7, 2019

Press Release
May 2019 Revenues

May Net Tax Revenue Up 0.1%

Atlanta, GA - Georgia’s May net tax collections totaled almost $1.76 billion for an increase of just over $1 million, or 0.1 percent, compared to May 2018. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $21.67 billion for an increase of $940.7 million, or 4.5 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year (FY) when net tax revenues totaled nearly $20.73 billion.

The changes within these tax categories explain May’s overall net tax revenue increase:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections totaled $887.1 million for an increase of roughly $3.3 million, or 0.4 percent, compared to last year when Income Tax collections totaled $883.8 million.

These components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net increase:

▪ Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were down $14.1 million, or -8.1 percent.

▪ Individual Income Tax Return payments were up $31.2 million, or 89.9 percent, over last year.

▪ Individual Withholding payments for the month decreased by $45.9 million or -4.7 percent.

▪ All other categories, including Estimated Income Tax payments, were up a combined $3.9 million.

Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales and Use Tax collections totaled roughly $1.05 billion during the month for an increase of $69.3 million, or 7.1 percent, over May 2018. Net Sales and Use Tax increased by nearly $13.7 million, or 2.8 percent, compared to last year when net sales tax totaled $494.6 million. The adjusted Sales Tax distribution to local governments increased nearly $57.2 million, or 12.1 percent, from last year for a May distribution total of $530.3 million. Sales Tax Refunds decreased by $1.5 million, or -18.8 percent, compared to FY 2018.

Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax collections totaled $41.3 million, for an increase of $2.6 million, or 6.7 percent, over last year when corporate tax collections totaled $38.7 million.

The following components within Corporate Income Tax comprise the net increase:

▪ Corporate Income Tax refunds (net of voids) decreased by $4.5 million, or -32 percent, from last year.

▪ Corporate Income Tax Return payments increased by $12.9 million, or 106.2 percent, for the month.

▪ All other Corporate Tax types, including S-Corp tax payments, were down a combined $14.8 million.

Motor Fuel Taxes: Motor Fuel Tax collections increased by nearly $1.2 million, or 0.8 percent, compared to FY 2018.

Motor Vehicle - Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees fell by approximately $7.7 million, or -23.8 percent, while Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections increased by roughly $3 million, or 4 percent, compared to May 2018.

May 10, 2019

Press Release
Governor Kemp Signs Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Governor Kemp Signs Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

May 10, 2019

Atlanta, GA - Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed the fiscal year 2020 budget. Joined by lawmakers, law enforcement officials, educators, and local leaders in Camilla, Georgia, Governor Kemp's signature of the balanced budget caps a historic first legislative session.

"This budget demonstrates our priorities as a state, reflects our core values, and signals the bright future ahead for all Georgians," said Governor Kemp. "For the second year in a row, our state fully-funded public education. With the support of the General Assembly, this budget delivers a well-deserved - and long overdue - educator pay raise of $3,000, the largest in state history.”

"I am confident these bold investments will enhance educational outcomes and yield huge dividends for our students and our state in the future.

"The 2020 budget reaffirms our strong commitment to lead on healthcare and put patients - not the status quo - first. This year, we are supporting seven long-term, acute care hospitals, three rehabilitation facilities, and providing additional resources for residency spots for family physicians, while also expanding medical school class sizes at Augusta University and the University of Georgia by 50%. These investments are further supported by funds for a Center of Excellence on Maternal Mortality at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

"We have also included additional funding for children's health services, investments in behavioral health, additional meals for the elderly, and more resources for children in foster care.

"I ran for governor on a single promise: to put hardworking Georgians first. That's exactly what the 2020 budget does; it builds on our strengths, addresses the challenges ahead, and ensures opportunity for all Georgians - no matter where they live."

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan:

“Eleven million Georgians expect our policies to enhance education, economic development, and health care. The FY 2020 budget – which passed the Georgia Senate unanimously – recognizes those priorities by fully funding our K – 12 education system, raising educator pay, promoting innovative approaches to technological learning, advancing health care reform measures, and funding programs which prepare our state for long-term success.

"I want to thank Governor Kemp, Speaker Ralston, and the Appropriations Chairmen in both chambers for their commitment and dedication to passing a priority-driven budget that will significantly improve the State of Georgia.”

Speaker David Ralston:

“The FY2020 budget reflects our commitment to investing for the future by upgrading our voting technology, funding infrastructure improvements and, especially, rewarding our dedicated teachers and state employees,” said Speaker Ralston. “Building off Governor Kemp’s vision of putting Georgians first and working with Lt. Governor Duncan, we have arrived at a budget that will keep Georgia winning.

"My thanks to House Appropriations Chairman Terry England and the members of his committee as well as their counterparts in the Senate for all their hard work on behalf of our General Assembly.”

Contact Information: 

Cody Hall, Press Secretary cody.hall@georgia.gov

May 6, 2019

Press Release
April 2019 Revenues

April Net Tax Revenues Up 24.2%

May 6, 2019

Atlanta, GA - Georgia’s April net tax collections totaled $2.87 billion for an increase of $559.7 million, or 24.2 percent, compared to April 2018 when net tax collections totaled $2.31 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $19.91 billion for an increase of almost $939.7 million, or 5 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year when net tax revenues totaled $18.97 billion.

Changes in the following tax categories explain April’s net tax revenue increase:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections totaled over $1.58 billion for an increase of $454.6 million, or 40.3 percent, compared to last year when Income Tax collections totaled nearly $1.13 billion.

These components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net increase:

▪ Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) declined by $40 million, or -6.5 percent.

▪ Individual Income Tax Return payments increased by $307.2 million, or 48.9 percent, compared to last year.

▪ Individual Withholding payments for the month were up $70.7 million, or 7.9 percent.

▪ All other categories, including Non-Resident income tax payments, increased a combined $36.7 million.

Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales and Use Tax collections totaled just over $1.1 billion in April, which was an increase of $73.5 million, or 7.1 percent, over April 2018. Net Sales and Use Tax increased by roughly $30.5 million, or 5.6 percent, over last fiscal year when net sales tax totaled $544.1 million. The adjusted Sales Tax distribution to local governments totaled $524.8 million for an increase of $43.3 million, or 9 percent, over last year. Lastly, Sales Tax Refunds declined by roughly $0.3 million, or -7.1 percent, compared to FY 2018.

Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax collections totaled $310.4 million for an increase of $69.2 million, or 28.7 percent, over last year when corporate tax collections totaled $241.2 million.

These components within Corporate Income Tax comprise the net increase:

▪ Corporate Income Tax refunds (net of voids) increased by $1.1 million, or 5.4 percent over last year.

▪ Corporate Income Tax Estimated payments received were up $57.9 million, or 43.8 percent.

▪ Corporate Income Tax Return payments increased by $7.7 million, or 6.5 percent.

▪ All other Corporate Tax types, including S-Corp tax payments, were up a combined $4.7 million.

Motor Fuel Taxes: Motor Fuel Tax collections fell nearly $1.2 million, or -0.7 percent, compared to FY 2018.

Motor Vehicle - Tag & Title Fees: Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees increased by $2.2 million, or 6.1 percent, in April while Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections declined by $2.7 million, or -3.6 percent, compared to FY 2018.

Contact Information: 

Cody Hall, Press Secretary cody.hall@georgia.gov

April 8, 2019

Press Release
March 2019 Revenues

March Net Tax Revenues Up 7 percent

April 8, 2019

The State of Georgia’s net tax collections for March totaled nearly $1.67 billion for an increase of $109 million, or 7 percent, compared to March 2018, when net tax collections totaled almost $1.56 billion.  Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $17.04 billion for an increase of $380 million, or 2.3 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $16.66 billion through three quarters.

The changes within the following tax categories help further explain March’s overall net tax revenue increase:
 
Individual Income Tax:  Individual Income Tax collections totaled almost $774 million, for an increase of $64.1 million, or 9 percent, compared to last year when Income Tax collections totaled $709.8 million.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net increase:

  • Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were down $51 million or -8.7 percent
  • Individual Withholding payments for March fell by $45.8 million, or -4 percent, compared to last year
  • Individual Non-Resident Income Tax Return payments increased $24.3 million or 43.6 percent
  • All other categories, including Income Tax Assessment payments, were up a combined $34.6 million

Sales and Use Tax:  Gross Sales and Use Tax collections increased by $59.3 million, or 6.7 percent, over last year’s total of $887.2 million.  Net Sales and Use Tax increased by nearly $17.5 million, or 3.9 percent, over March 2018 when net sales tax totaled roughly $451 million.  The adjusted Sales Tax distribution to local governments totaled $473.9 million for an increase of $48.7 million, or 11.4 percent, over last year.  Lastly, Sales Tax Refunds fell by roughly $6.8 million, or -62.1 percent, compared to FY 2018.

Corporate Income Tax:  Corporate Income Tax collections for March totaled nearly $109.3 million, which was an increase of $27.9 million, or 34.3 percent, over last year’s total of $81.4 million.

The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the net increase: 

  • Corporate Income Tax refunds (net of voids) decreased slightly by -0.2 percent from last year’s total
  • Corporate Income Tax Estimated payments increased by $5.5 million or 11.1 percent
  • Corporate Income Tax Return payments increased by $2.2 million or 6.9 percent
  • All other Corporate Tax types, including Business Occupation Tax payments, were up a combined $20.1 million  

Motor Fuel Taxes:  Motor Fuel Tax collections increased by $3 million, or 2.2 percent, compared to FY 2018.

Motor Vehicle - Tag & Title Fees:  Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees declined by $1.8 million, or -4.7 percent, for the month, while Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections increased by $1.2 million, or 1.9 percent, over last year’s total of $62.6 million.

March 12, 2019

Press Release
Governor Kemp Signs Amended FY 2019 Budget

Kemp Signs Amended FY 2019 Budget

March 12, 2019

Atlanta, GA – Today at North Atlanta High School, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed the amended fiscal year 2019 budget, House Bill 30, for the State of Georgia. Accompanied by Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, House Speaker David Ralston, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, Principal Curtis Douglass, and legislative leaders, Governor Kemp outlined Georgia’s budget priorities to strengthen school security, invest in healthcare and public safety, and spur job growth in every corner of the state.

“Budgets are reflections of your values – your priorities for today and vision for tomorrow,” said Governor Kemp. “In Georgia, we value education, healthcare, public safety, and economic development. We have a heart for safer schools, better healthcare options, safer communities, and more jobs for hardworking Georgians. I am proud to sign the amended budget for fiscal year 2019 and have confidence these investments will yield big dividends for Georgians, young and old. Together, we will continue to ensure that Georgia’s best days are ahead.”

"On the campaign trail, we told Georgians that we would prioritize education, economic development, and health care," said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. "Today's amended FY 2019 budget honors those commitments while investing in relief efforts for Southwest Georgia and funding programs that will set our state up for long-term success. I'm appreciative of the work done by Governor Kemp, Speaker Ralston, and the Appropriations Chairmen in both chambers."

“This amended budget maintains our conservative, responsible approach to providing for the needs of a growing state,” said Speaker David Ralston. “Whether it is securing our school campuses to protect students and teachers or lending a hand to farmers in southwest Georgia recovering from Hurricane Michael, this budget delivers on Governor Kemp’s promise to ‘put Georgians first.’ I want to thank Governor Kemp as well as Lt. Governor Duncan and my colleagues in the House and Senate for their work on this 2019 amended budget.”

Contact Information: 

Cody Hall, Press Secretary cody.hall@georgia.gov

March 11, 2019

Press Release
February 2019 Revenues

February Net Tax Revenues Up 5.5%

March 11, 2019

Atlanta, GA - The State of Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled almost $1.3 billion for an increase of $67.6 million - or 5.5 percent - compared to February 2018 when net tax collections totaled roughly $1.23 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $15.37 billion for an increase of $270.5 million - or 1.8 percent - compared to the previous fiscal year when net tax revenues totaled $15.10 billion after eight months.

The changes within the following tax categories further explain February’s overall net tax revenue increase:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections totaled roughly $469.2 million, which was a decrease of $7.4 million - or -1.5 percent - compared to last year when Income Tax collections totaled $476.5 million. The following notable components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net decrease:

  • Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were down $24 million - or -4.1 percent.
  • Individual Withholding payments fell by $28.5 million - or -2.9 percent - compared to last year.
  • Individual Income Tax Return payments were down $14.5 million - or -53.1 percent.
  • All other Individual Tax categories, including Tax Assessment payments, were up a combined $11.6 million.

Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales and Use Tax collections increased by nearly $66.5 million - or 7.4 percent - to a total of $966.1 million for the month. Net Sales and Use Tax increased by $18.7 million - or 4.1 percent - compared to February 2018 when net sales tax totaled $459.5 million. The adjusted Sales Tax distribution to local governments totaled $483.3 million for an increase of $49 million - or 11.3 percent - over the previous fiscal year. Lastly, Sales Tax Refunds fell by nearly $1.3 million - or 21.7 percent - compared to FY 2018.

Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax collections for the month totaled $17.3 million, which was an increase of $46.2 million - or 159.9 percent - compared to FY 2018. The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax comprise the net increase:

  • Corporate Income Tax refunds issued (net of voids) were down $47.3 million - or -82.1 percent.
  • Corporate Income Tax Return payments decreased by $3.7 million - or -45.3 percent.
  • All other Corporate Tax types, including Corporate Estimated Tax payments, were up a combined $2.6 million.

Motor Fuel Taxes: Motor Fuel Tax collections increased by $5.4 million, or 3.8 percent, compared to FY 2018.

Motor Vehicle - Tag & Title Fees: Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees increased by nearly $3.2 million - or 8.6 percent - for the month, while Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections decreased by $2.6 million - or -3.1 percent - from last year’s total of $83.5 million.

Contact Information: 

Cody Hall, Press Secretary - cody.hall@georgia.gov