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The General Assembly in June the budget was cut by 10% because it feared that tax revenues would decline. That didn’t happen: tax revenues improved with the Georgian economy. The state also receives $ 4.7 billion from the federal government’s latest COVID-19 relief plan, though it’s up to Kemp how that money will be spent.
The spending plan provides for salary increases in areas where the state government has high sales, such as: B. for employees of the Ministry of Driver Services and for prison and juvenile courts. It does not include a raise for any ordinary employee or teacher.
The House and Senate backed plans to spend $ 40 million on a rural innovation fund and $ 10 million to expand high-speed internet in rural areas.
Legislators agreed to replenish 60% of the cuts in education spending approved by the legislature last year.
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Tillery noted that Georgia schools are receiving approximately $ 6 billion from federal COVID-19 relief laws, more than enough to make up for past cuts in government funds. Including federal aid, Tillery said schools will be able to spend far more money next year than they were before the cuts in COVID-19 spending.
Under the fiscal 2022 budget, the state would borrow approximately $ 1 billion for construction projects, much of it for new schools, college buildings, roads and bridges, and a convention center in Savannah
The plan also provides more cash for nursing homes, which are hard hit by COVID-19 and medical providers. About $ 60 million more would be allocated to various mental health programs, some of which have been overwhelmed by the mental health impact of the pandemic and addiction problems.
The budget would staff a number of agencies, including the Ministry of Health, the State Ethics Committee, the Ministry of Finance and the Secretary of State.
“This budget has a nationwide perspective. It strengthens the safety net for the people who need it most, ”he said House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, a member of the House Budget Negotiating Team.