Political Notes — Deal will sign budget several times on Monday

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal, as he’s done in past years, will fly around the state Monday to hold several staged signings of the $25 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The governor will emphasize different aspects of the spending plan at each of three stops he has scheduled during the budget fly-around.

The first signing event will be held Monday morning at the Fulton County Division of Family and Children Services office in Atlanta, where Deal will talk about the $25.9 million included in the budget to provide a 19 percent pay raise for DFCS employees.

He also plans to mention the increases in per diem rates for foster parents, foster care providers, and child placement agencies.

At the second stop, a precision manufacturing lab at the West Georgia Technical College LaGrange campus, Deal will highlight $11.3 million for the Technical College System to purchase new lab equipment.

The third stop will be in Savannah at the Armstrong Center Atrium of Armstrong State University.  The governor will tout $22 million for the construction of a health professions academic center at Armstrong State  along with $36.4 million for the GBI’s new crime lab in Savannah.

GRTA and Uber

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority is teaming with the rideshare company Uber to provide discounted trips that connect to Xpress Park-and-Ride lots throughout metro Atlanta.

Under the promotion running through May 31, Uber will offer a 50 percent discount on any uberPOOL fare that begins or ends at an Xpress Park-and-Ride during morning and afternoon commuting hours.

“Partnerships such as these are critical in connecting commuters to reliable, safe, and dependable transportation options to get them where they need to go,” said GRTA’s executive director, Chris Tomlinson.

In response to the I-85 bridge collapse, Xpress has made adjustments to service in the affected corridor and has added more commuter service directly to MARTA rail stations from park-and-ride lots in Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties.

Vital Records moves to new location

The Department of Public Health held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the relocation of the State Office of Vital Records’ and Emergency Medical Services’ from the old Skyland Elementary School building in DeKalb County to an office building just south of Hartsfield Airport.

The new address for Vital Records is 1680 Phoenix Boulevard, Atlanta, GA, 30349

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