New state budget brings pay raises, tax refunds some Georgians

Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 6:28 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Some Georgians could be seeing more money in their paychecks very soon thanks to an amended state budget that was signed on Wednesday, increasing pay for state employees, teachers, and corrections officers.

“We’ve experienced unprecedented commerce, trade, and investment numbers this fiscal year,” Kemp said explaining why Georgia has extra revenue to fund the raises.

The bill gives a $5,000 pay increase for state employees. And as another challenging school year winds down, teachers and most school employees can also expect to pay raise.

“This amended budget fully restores austerity cuts made to the k-12 budget during the covid recession through more than $388 million,” Kemp said. “It gives our hardworking teachers, school nurses, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, and custodial workers a one-time salary supplement of $2,000,” he added.

State Superintendent Richard Woods tells CBS46 that school employees can expect to see that raise in the next month or two. “It will be either in April or May, probably will be closer to May,” Woods said. “To have this additional $2000 right here at the end of the school year is kind of a big sigh of relief and also something to look forward to.

The bill also offers tax cuts to Georgia filers from 2021 tax filings this year. Due to a budget surplus, $1 billion dollars has been allotted for tax refunds. Single filers can be refunded up to $250 this tax season. Joint filers will receive up to $500.

Corrections officers also seeing a pay bump as they face dramatic turnover and retention challenges.

State law enforcement salaries are increasing from just above $47,000 to more than $52,000.

“We’re not seeing a lot of young people interested in the law enforcement profession as we once saw, so we certainly feel this will be a huge step in helping us recruit those officers,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Colonel Chris Wright.

Other details in the amended FY22 can be found here HB 910.