The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier this month that, based on 2013 payroll figures, the money approved for raises by the Senate would equal a 4.2 percent increase for the lieutenant governor’s office and 6.3 percent for the Senate Budget Office. House members traditionally do not make changes to the budget proposed by the Senate for its own chamber. Cagle is president of the Senate.
The budget plan backed by negotiators would also include more than $800 million in state borrowing for construction projects, including new college buildings and money for deepening the harbor in Savannah.
Not everyone was happy with the final product. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said because of cuts House and Senate leaders made to his agency, his employees won’t get raises and he may have to lay off staffers. Butler’s agency has been severely cut back since Deal took office.