FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Contact: Betsy Theroux
House Passes Amended Budget to Address Impacts of Hurricane Michael
ATLANTA – State Representative Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick) and the Georgia House of Representatives today passed an amended fiscal year 2019 budget during the special legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia General Assembly began a special legislative session on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, which was ordered by Gov. Deal to provide emergency funding to state agencies and local governments following Hurricane Michael.
“Our families in Brunswick might not feel the direct impacts from Hurricane Michael, but our fellow citizens in Southwest Georgia are hurting tremendously,” said Rep. Jones, “The coastal region in Georgia has experienced the devastating losses of natural disasters, and I hope that we can stand with those effected by this storm the way that Georgians have stood with us in the past. I believe it is important to inform our communities of the work that is being done to support and strengthen these affected areas in this difficult time.”
The amended fiscal year 2019 budget appropriates $270 million to aide those areas throughout Southwest Georgia affected by the storm. Southwest Georgia experienced approximately $2.5 billion in losses to Georgia’s agriculture and timber industries as a result of Hurricane Michael.
Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black yesterday addressed the House Appropriations Committee to discuss the Hurricane’s impact.
“It’s a very sobering thing… how agriculture is important to our economy and how we lead in the production of peanuts and pecans and forest products,” said Commissioner Black. “We are accustomed to leading in production. Now we lead in destruction. What we’ve got to do as a family of Georgians is lead in reconstruction. That’s what I’m committed to do. Every breath that we have will be committed to working alongside you.”
The amended budget will now go to the Senate for consideration.
To read more about the projected losses from Hurricane Michael, please click here.
For more information about the amended fiscal year 2019 budget, please click here.
Representative Jeff Jones represents the citizens of District 167, which includes portions of Glynn, Long and McIntosh counties. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2014 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Motor Vehicles Committee. He also serves on the Insurance, Interstate Cooperation and Science and Technology committees.