Georgia lawmakers pass $49 billion budget with teacher raises

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ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — Georgia teachers will get a 2 percent salary increase while state employees who handle child welfare cases will see a 19 percent raise under the new state budget approved by lawmakers.

The General Assembly on Wednesday approves the compromise plan, largely agreeing with Gov. Nathan Deal’s recommended $49.3 billion spending plan. Of the total, nearly $25 billion comes from the state, with the rest coming from federal sources.

The plan continues previously announced 20 percent raises for state law enforcement.

The plan also includes more than $1 billion of planned projects around the state, including local schools and colleges, a new crime lab in Savannah and construction of a new campus for Lanier Technical College in Hall County.

The plan goes to Deal, who has broad authority to veto individual items.

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