Kemp Delivers State of the State and Releases Proposed Budget

Gov. Brian Kemp delivered the 2020 State of the State Address this morning. His remarks were accompanied by the release of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. His plan proposes a $2,000 pay raise for certified personnel, which fulfills his campaign promise of a $5,000 salary increase when added to the $3,000 adjustment in the current budget. Additionally, the budget includes a $1,000 raise for non-certified staff in state-funded positions who earn less than $40,000. Bus drivers and school nutrition workers would also receive a pay boost. The governor’s spending plan would provide full funding for the state’s K-12 funding formula, the Quality Basic Education (QBE) program, but also incorporates cuts to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and other state agencies. Proposed cuts include curriculum development, equipment grants for Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE), and Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs).