House to Vote on Budget Changes, Including Storm Relief

Posted at 7:22 AM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 07:22:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) - A spending plan increasing state law enforcement pay and providing money for storm recovery in south Georgia is headed for a key vote.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia House is expected to approve $600 million in additional spending to this year's budget on Thursday.

The plan includes $5 million for recovery work in communities affected by the recent storms that killed 15 people in Georgia. It also includes about $27 million for a previously announced 20 percent pay raise for state law enforcement agencies, $50 million for a new cyber security program in Augusta and $109 million for public schools.

After House approval, the plan moves to the Senate.

Lawmakers then will begin work on a proposed $49 billion budget for the financial year starting July 1.