Georgia House approves pay increases, bonuses for employees and teachers

The semi-annual plan provides more than $500 million to provide a $5,000 pay rise to approximately 100,000 employees in Georgia’s state and university system. State officials hope pay rises will help stem the high turnover rate among state employees, many of whom have seen little or no pay rises in recent years.

Full-time k-12 employees — such as teachers and staff — would receive a $2,000 bonus payment, while part-time employees would receive $1,000. Teachers are expected to be offered a $2,000 raise in fiscal 2023 so that Kemp can fulfill his 2018 campaign promise to give them a $5,000 raise over the course of his first term.

The spending plan provides approximately $390 million to restore spending cuts for K-12 schools approved by lawmakers in 2020, when cuts were made in anticipation that the COVID-19 pandemic would bring a severe recession.

The mid-year plan calls for an increase in Medicaid spending of more than $250 million and $432 million to address a proposal to purchase a private prison and build a new one. The idea is that the new roost would replace more dilapidated and dangerous facilities.

The mid-year spending plan includes $112.6 million to purchase and develop land for Rivian’s new electric vehicle manufacturing facility east of Atlanta.