Deal signs $23.7 billion budget for FY ’17; pay raises for teachers, employees

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $23.7 billion state budget that, for the first time in several years, assures both state employees and teachers of receiving a 3 percent pay raise.

The spending plan includes $825 million to build and repair the state’s highways, thanks to the increased motor fuel excise tax passed by the General Assembly and signed by Deal last year. Georgia will issue an additional $100 million in bonds for bridge repairs and improvements.

In addition to taking care of roads and bridges, lawmakers authorized the issuance of about $1.1 billion in bonds to finance the construction of state office buildings, K-12 classrooms, and University System facilities.

Deal, who held several signing ceremonies Monday during a media flyaround, said the budget “will help build upon the things that matter most to the citizens of this state: an education system that promotes quality in the classroom, communities that will be safer tomorrow than they were yesterday, a government that utilizes efficiencies to help Georgians, and an economy that supports job growth.”

The state budget takes effect with the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

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