House leaders back big pay hike for law enforcement, storm aid

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House leaders back big pay hike for law enforcement, storm aid

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Gov. Nathan Deal proposed 20 percent pay raises for thousands of state law enforcement. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

State lawmakers are moving quickly to pass a mid-year spending plan that adds $600 million to this year’s budget and provides Gov. Nathan Deal some money to help South Georgia storm relief.

The House on Thursday is expected to approve the supplemental budget, which runs through June 30. The chamber’s budget committee passed it Wednesday.

The measure includes about $27 million to give a 20 percent pay raise to thousands of state law enforcement, $50 million for a new cyber security program in Augusta and $109 million more for public schools.

About 3,300 law enforcement will get the big raises.

Most of what the House will approve Thursday is included in Deal’s proposal released during the first week of the session.

The storms killed at least 15 people in South Georgia and four more across the Deep South.

Passage of the mid-year budget will be the House’s first key vote of the 2017 session, which began Jan. 9. The Senate is expected to make quick work of budget as well. After that both chambers will concentrate on the $25 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1.

Both chambers must approve the budgets before the General Assembly session ends.

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