Count Rep. Tommy Benton as one Georgia legislator happy about the proposed $20 million state budget offered last week by Gov. Nathan Deal.
“I was very pleased,” said Benton (R-Jefferson). “Very pleased.”
That’s because for the first time in more than a decade, the proposed budget added significant revenue for education, which has seen more than $7 billion in state funding cuts in the past 10 years.
If the House and Senate go along, K-12 schools will receive $547 million more in the next fiscal year (starting July 1) than in the current budget.
Benton insists that the budget shows that education is still the top priority for the state government, including for the governor.
For the full story, see the Jan. 22 issue of The Jackson Herald.