Gov. Nathan Deal wants to plow more than 80 percent of new state spending next year into schools, following the strategy of predecessors who paved their way to re-election by embracing public education.
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Staff writer Kristina Torres contributed to this report.
Highlights of Deal’s budget proposal
• About $315 million more for school systems to eliminate teacher furloughs, add school days and give raises.
• Four-year colleges and universities to receive $23 million more for instruction.
• Technical colleges: $4.5 million increase.
• Higher education: $175 million in bonds for construction and maintenance.
• Zell Miller Grant created as HOPE program for technical college students who maintain 3.5 GPA: $7.27 million.
• Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant expanded by $5 million to reward students in specific industry-related fields at technical colleges.
• State agencies will have access to $39 million to provide raises for high-performing employees.
• Division of Family and Child Services: $7.4 million in new funding for next three years to hire new caseworkers.
• Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids: receive $97 million for growth and $101.3 million for new expenses related to the Affordable Care Act.
• Many correctional officers will see raises as part of $8 million incentive program.
• Prison repairs and security upgrades will receive $37.24 million; another $9.9 million is dedicated to further security upgrades at six prisons.
• Juvenile Justice facilities will see $42.8 million in bond funding for repairs and renovations, including $25 million to replace two aging facilities.
Some bond projects in budget for next year:
• New science building at UGA: $44.7 million
• Savannah Harbor Expansion Project: an additional $35 million
• Equipment for new law school building at Georgia State: $7 million
• Equipment for new science building at Clayton State: $2.9 million
• Design of library renovation at Georgia Tech: $1.7 million
• Equipment for Gwinnett Tech’s new Alpharetta campus: $3.86
• Buy land and design a new human services building in Lawrenceville: $2.15 million
• Replace lab equipment for GBI in Decatur: $1.18 million
• Renovate old DOT building in Atlanta: $12.5 million
• Design and site preparation for new judicial complex building in Atlanta: $12.5 million
• Roof improvements at the Atlanta Farmers Market, Forest Park: $5 million
• Renovation of Centennial Olympic Park reflecting pool: $1.1 million