House panels reject some Kemp cuts in current Georgia budget

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File-This July 2, 2019, file photo shows Georgia republican Governor Brian Kemp during a roundtable discussion on Georgia’s healthcare challenges at Christ Community Health Center in Augusta, Ga. A federal judge on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, temporarily blocked Georgia’s restrictive new abortion law from taking effect, following the lead of other judges who have blocked similar measures in other states. The law signed in May by Kemp bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women realize they’re expecting. It allows for limited exceptions. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are rejecting some midyear budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp.

They say the Republican governor wanted to cut too deeply on some items.

Kemp is proposing more than $200 million in midyear reductions in state spending, citing a shortfall in state revenues. House subcommittees on Thursday recommended putting back more than $2.8 million of Kemp’s proposed reductions. 

The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on amendments to the current spending plan. House members on Thursday kept money for five food safety inspectors and two animal industry inspectors in the state Department of Agriculture.

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