Deal unveils $19.8 billion budget

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Staff writer Carrie Teegardin contributed to this report.

Highlights of Gov. Nathan Deal’s budget proposal for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1.

  • $5 million to establish alternative sentencing programs for juvenile offenders.
  • $12.9 million to add 10 days a year to the pre-kindergarten program, restoring it to a full 180-day school year.
  • $6.5 million in new lottery funds for a HOPE grant for high-demand programs such as nursing and commercial truck drivers.
  • $25.25 million in bonds for water supply projects, chiefly reservoirs.
  • $11.7 million in bonds for College Football of Fame.
  • $58 million in bonds for new law school building at Georgia State University.
  • $45 million in bonds for cancer research building at Georgia Regents University.
  • $12.5 million in bonds for Georgia Research Alliance.
  • $29.4 million in bonds to expand Altamaha Technical College in southeast Georgia.
  • $50 million in bonds to deepen the Savannah harbor.

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