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FY2021 Budget Highlights- HB 793

March 10, 2020

Today, the House passed HB 793, the budget for Fiscal Year 2021. This budget will fund the government for one year starting July 1st. Here are some highlights that will help all Georgians throughout our state:

Criminal Justice and Public Safety: 

  • Targeted pay raises for the highest turnover positions in criminal justice. Juvenile correctional officers receives a 4% pay increase to combat the 95% turnover rate within the Department of Juvenile Justice. Within the Department of Corrections, correctional officers will receive a 2% targeted pay raise to combat the 42% turnover rate within the department. 

Economic Development:

  • $340,000 to the Department of Agriculture for food safety inspectors and animal industry inspectors to keep up with the growing number of grocery and retail stores, as well as gas stations with food services

Education:

  • Education represents 44.3% of the state general funds budget, totaling $10.7 billion. The formula that funds Georgia’s K-12 education is fully funded for the third year in a row, providing local systems and teachers with the resources necessary to educate children in Georgia schools. 
  • $144 million to fund a $1,000 pay raise for Georgia’s educators, which along with the $3,000 pay raise from FY 2020, creates an 11.7% increase to the FY 2019 base teacher salary
  • $6.2 million for a 5% pay raise to bus drivers and lunchroom workers and a 2% pay raise for school nurses
  • $4 million total for charter school facilities grants to prioritize school safety and security 

Health:

  • $19.7 million to provide six months of postpartum Medicaid coverage to mothers beginning July 1, 2020. This will provide greater access to healthcare services and is expected to decrease and prevent maternal deaths in Georgia. 
  • $5.4 million for public health grants to Georgia counties so they may continue to provide immunizations, disease prevention services, testings and treatments, and other critical services. 

Higher Education:

  • Over $44 million for Georgia’s colleges, universities, and technical schools based on enrollment growth and increased square footage. These funds will support the education of over 433,000 students across these institutions. 

Human Services: 

  • $10.8 million for crisis beds and behavioral health services in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). This new funding ensures that Georgia maintains its current serving capacity of 5,000 individuals across the state. 
  • $5.6 million for 100 additional slots for the New Options Waiver (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waive Program (COMP) for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Over 13,000 Georgians are served by these waivers; however, a wait list of over 6,000 still remains. 

This budget now heads to the Senate, after which we will come back together to send a final budget to Governor Kemp for his signature. I am proud of the hard work reflected in this budget that will benefit all Georgians and ensure they remain healthy, educated, safe, and secure.