Deal signs FY 2018 state budget

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal put his signature Monday on the state budget for fiscal year 2018, guaranteeing a wide array of pay raises for state employees and teachers.

Deal had originally planned to hold signing ceremonies in three different cities for the $25 billion spending play, but bad weather forced him to cancel plans for an afternoon event in Savannah.

With federal funds included, total state spending will amount to nearly $49 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

“The FY 2018 budget maintains Georgia’s position as a national leader in conservative fiscal management and further strengthens our top priorities: quality education for all children, public safety in our communities, an economy that continues to generate jobs and an infrastructure system that supports a growing population,” said Deal.

“Georgia has enjoyed sustained economic growth and this budget lays the foundation for continued short-term and long-term success,” he added.

The budget highlights include:

  • $160.1 million to provide a 2 percent salary increase for certified teachers, school bus drivers and school nurses. The budget also provides an additional $222.5 million for the Teachers Retirement System to ensure teachers’ pensions.  There’s also $3.1 million for the Employees Retirement System (ERS).
  • $25.9 million to provide 19 percent pay raises for child protective services employees and $31 million for per diem rate increases for foster parents and relatives caring for children.
  • $55.2 million for a 20 percent salary increase for law enforcement personnel, along with salary increases for criminal investigators and public safety trainers.
  • $115.4 million for performance incentives for high-performing employees or for recruitment and retention initiatives.
  • $105 million to construct a new judicial building on the site of the now-demolished archives building near the state capitol.
  • $36.4 million to construct and equip a new crime lab for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Savannah.

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