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Midyear budget moves to state Senate this week


The state Senate Appropriations Committee approved Gov. Brian Kemp’s midyear spending plan on Monday, with minor revisions. Lawmakers moved to set aside $189 million to match allotted contributions from the trillion-dollar federal infrastructure plan passed in November, according to the AJC.

The $29.9 billion-dollar spending plan is made possible by strong tax collections and a $3.7 billion dollar surplus left over from fiscal year 2021. Taxpayers have been promised $1.6 million in tax refunds from that surplus.

Raises for state employees, full-time and part-time k-12 teachers — at $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively — will likely pass the full state Senate this week. Nursing schools across the state could also get $5 million in program funding, and an approved $112.6 million will help the state purchase and develop land for the new Rivian plant in Rutledge.