Deal would keep Ga. spending relatively flat

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013
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— Slightly increasing the value of lottery-funded HOPE scholarships for college students. Deal and lawmakers previously made deep cuts to the program as lottery revenues slumped.

— Proposing a new HOPE grant to assist students in the technical college system who are pursuing high-demand certificates and diplomas;

— Adding roughly $300 million in legally required spending to compensate school districts for growth and for teacher salaries;

— Providing $50 million in state funding for dredging the Port of Savannah to accommodate larger cargo ships. Significant federal funding is still required to finish the project.

— Directing an additional $25 million toward an ongoing Deal initiative to expand the state's water supply, including by developing reservoirs. Georgia has been locked in a long-running water dispute with neighboring Alabama and Florida.

— Providing $5 million in grants to encourage cities and towns to develop options for juvenile offenders other than expensive incarceration.

— Allowing for $15 million in borrowing to build a parking deck and road access for the future College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta and renovations to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority.

— Approving nearly $9.6 million in borrowing to replace state police cars, a helicopter, a fire truck and repair or construct training facilities.

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