Kemp signs Georgia budget with raises, scholarship boosts
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a budget promising raises for state employees and public school teachers. The Republican governor signed the $32.4 billion spending plan Friday at the site of the future Hyundai Motor Group plant in coastal Ellabell. The budget, which takes effect July 1, will also pay full college tuition for all HOPE Scholarship recipients. State troopers and many other law enforcement officers will get a $6,000 raise. All state employees, public university employees, technical college employees and public school teachers will get a $2,000 raise. The budget cuts $66 million in teaching funds from Georgia's 26 public universities.