Ga. bill requires school spending carry price tag

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ATLANTA -- Future education-spending proposals will have to carry a long-term price tag under legislation the General Assembly passed Thursday.

House Bill 1178 heads to the governor’s desk for his signature to become law. It requires that proposals for new education programs carry include a 10-year projection of the costs before legislators give their consideration.

Education is one of the most popular areas of legislation, with hundreds of bills introduced about it each legislative session. For programs that begin in the middle of a fiscal year, the cost estimates attached to them only show spending for part of a year. Other times the program could start as a test in a limited number of schools at a fraction of the cost of rolling out the program statewide.

Republican supporters of the bill say it will help manage state spending of taxpayer money.

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