Governor’s $49 billion budget includes $36 million for new crime lab in Savannah

Gov. Nathan Deal

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia teachers will get a 2 percent salary increase while state employees who handle child welfare cases will see a 19 percent raise under the state budget. It also includes $36 million for a new crime lab in Savannah as well as $22 million in construction funding to build a health professions building on the Armstrong State University campus.

Gov. Nathan Deal highlighted the increases for child welfare case managers at a Monday ceremony to sign the $49 billion spending plan.

Of the total, nearly $25 billion comes from the state, with the rest coming from federal sources.

The plan continues previously announced 20 percent raises for state law enforcement.

It also includes more than $1 billion for projects around the state, including upgrades valued at nearly $161 million for local schools and $73 million to complete the move of Lanier Technical College in Deal’s home base of Hall County.

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