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Kemp's midyear spending plan passes House panel

Gov. Brian Kemp

Governor Kemp’s ambitious midyear budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 seems to be panning out. The Georgia House Appropriations Committee backed a slightly revised $29.9 billion budget during a vote on Georgia House Bill 910 on Tuesday.

More than 100,000 state and university employees would receive $5,000 raises while k-12 teachers would get $2,000 or $1,000, as outlined in the plan.

Education gets the most funding in addition to high sums for the prison system, healthcare and transportation. There’s also $1.6 billion in state income tax rebates.

The budget, which would increase state spending by $2.6 billion, should be passed in the coming days.