Georgia governor’s budget proposal offers some higher education increases

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Georgia governor’s budget proposal offers some higher education increases

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Gov. Nathan Deal addresses the Georgia Chamber’s Eggs & Issues breakfast on Wednesday. He’s called for a “clean” adoption bill. A Senate committee passed out one that contains language he vetoed last year. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday released his final proposed budget as the state’s chief executive.

Here’s how it could impact public higher education in Georgia:

  • a 3 percent increase in HOPE scholarships and grants, totaling about $68.1 million.
  • $65 million in additional capital funds for major repairs and rehabilitation of some University System of Georgia facilities. The system requested $60 million.
  • an additional $60 million for University System of Georgia’s Teachers’ Retirement System.
  • $51 million in additional funds for student enrollment growth.
  • $10 million for graduate medical education at Augusta University.

University System of Georgia administrators are scheduled to give a budget presentation to state lawmakers on Tuesday.

In other Legislative news:

Many lawmakers were dressed in red and black
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