Gov. Kemp Proposes Tax Breaks and Pay Raises

ATLANTA, Ga. (WDEF) — Governor Brian Kemp announced his budget goals for the year on Friday. Of those goals include a second tax refund and pay raises for teachers.

Governor Kemp presented his budget recommendations to the General Assembly for the year.

Notably, he proposed a second income tax refund to Georgians. This would range from $250 for single filers to $500 for joint filers. He says this would be available to every eligible taxpayer in Georgia.

Kemp also proposed a one-time Homeowner Tax Relief Grant program. If passed, this will provide property tax relief to every eligible homeowner. The tax relief would average $500.

Also included are a variety of education-related proposals.

One of which would increase K-12 teacher salaries by $2,000. 

For students, Kemp proposed fully funding the HOPE scholarships and grants. This means HOPE would cover 100 percent of tuition at all public higher education institutions in Georgia. He says this would save full-time students an average of $444 every year.

Earlier, Governor Kemp announced that tax revenues are up again this year, allowing increased spending.

You can view the entire budget report here.

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