AFY 2019 and FY 2020 Budgets

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Last week, the House and the Senate held joint Appropriations Committee hearings on this year’s budget. Some key highlights of the (Amended Fiscal Year) AFY 2019 and FY 2020 budget are:

FY 2020 Budget

  • $3,000 permanent salary increase for teachers-To enhance educational outcomes, we must invest in those who educate, inspire, and lead our students toward a brighter future
  • A 2% merit increase for all state employees
  • $500,000 in initial funds to create a gang task force within the GBI -According to the Georgia Gang Investigators Association, there are 1,500 suspected gang networks in our state. This money will be dedicated to establishing a gang task force that will work with local district attorneys and prosecutors to stop and dismantle street gangs

AFY 2019 Budget

  • $69 million within the amended 2019 budget will go to school safety measures in every public school in the state- We can all agree how important it is for a student to feel safe and secure in their learning environment
  • $8.4 million in additional funding to expand the APEX program in public schools that allows mental health school counselors to work on early intervention, diagnoses, and treatment
  • $1 million will be allocated to the Department of Community Health to craft state flexibility options for Georgia’s Medicaid Program