When Will Ga Teachers Get 1000 Bonus 2023?

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Governor Brian Kemp recently shared some exciting news for state, university, and public school employees. They’ll be getting a $1,000 bonus at the end of the year. This bonus will be a welcome addition to their pockets, bringing some extra holiday joy.

Approximately 112,000 state and university employees can expect to see the $1,000 bonus by the end of this year. For the roughly 196,000 teachers and support staff in school districts, the timing of the bonus will be decided by each district.

Bonus Details and School Security Plans

The bonus distribution process, however, might take a bit longer than expected. Payments to individual school districts are set to be made by the end of the year, but teachers and support staff may not receive them until January.

Governor Kemp emphasized the importance of keeping skilled and knowledgeable people on the team. He called the bonus a “one-time end-of-year retention payment,” meaning it’s there to help the state hold onto valuable talent.

When Will Ga Teachers Get 1000 Bonus 2023?
When Will Ga Teachers Get 1000 Bonus 2023? (Image by ARVIN TEMKAR)

Permanent Funding for School Security

In addition to the year-end bonuses, Governor Kemp proposed a significant investment in school security. He plans to allocate $104 million every year for this purpose. If approved, this money will provide $45,000 to every public school in Georgia. The funds are meant for various security needs, with a focus on having a security officer in each school.

While Governor Kemp mentioned the $45,000 figure as support for hiring school resource officers, superintendents noted that a certified officer could cost more, up to $80,000 including benefits.

Future Plans and Political Landscape

Looking ahead, Governor Kemp’s administration is thinking about permanent pay raises. The details are still being worked out. With elections coming up in 2024, there’s speculation about the possibility of permanent pay increases. Kemp and top Republican lawmakers have previously given $7,000 in pay raises to teachers and state and university employees during Kemp’s first five years as governor.

Bonus Funding and Budget Impact

The nearly $330 million for bonuses is expected to come from the current year’s budget. Kemp’s spokesperson, Garrison Douglas, said lawmakers would approve the budget amendment for this spending in January. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Matt Hatchett signaled support for Kemp’s plan, indicating a lack of objection to spending the money even without formal appropriation.

Governor Kemp’s ability to propose new spending is because Georgia’s finances are in good shape. Tax collections are on track to generate another surplus, with the state currently having an $11 billion surplus. This is in addition to a legally-designated $5.4 billion rainy day account, giving Kemp and lawmakers flexibility for spending.

In a move to stimulate the economy, Kemp and Republican lawmakers accelerated a planned state income tax cut. The rate will be reduced to 5.39% starting January 1, 2024. This tax cut, projected to cost $1.1 billion, follows Kemp’s earlier decision to roll back gasoline and diesel taxes for a little more than two months, with an estimated cost of $450 million.

“It’s going to be a good Christmas and New Year here in Georgia,” Governor Kemp remarked. “And there’s more good news coming in the weeks and months ahead. So, stay tuned.”

Details In Short:

  1. Date: December 20, 2023
  2. Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  3. Announcer: Governor Brian Kemp
  4. Announcement Type: Year-end $1,000 bonus for state, university, and public school employees
  5. Bonus Recipients: Approximately 112,000 state and university employees, 196,000 teachers, and support staff
  6. Bonus Distribution: Expected by the end of the year for state and university employees; school districts to determine timing for teachers and support staff
  7. Bonus Purpose: Described as a one-time end-of-year retention payment to retain valuable skills and knowledge
  8. School Security Allocation: Proposed permanent $104 million yearly allocation for school security
  9. School Security Funding: Enough to provide $45,000 to every Georgia public school
  10. Future Pay Raises: Consideration of permanent pay raises for state representatives and senators, with elections in 2024
  11. Budget Impact: Nearly $330 million for bonuses to come from the current year’s budget; approval expected in January
  12. Tax Cuts: Accelerated state income tax cut to 5.39% starting January 1, 2024, and rolled back gasoline and diesel taxes for over two months, costing an estimated $450 million.

FAQs

Q1: When will Georgia teachers receive the $1,000 year-end bonus?

A1: The $1,000 year-end bonus for Georgia teachers is expected to be distributed after the first of the year, with payments to individual school districts by the end of December.

Q2: What is the purpose of the proposed $104 million yearly allocation for school security?

A2: The allocation aims to provide $45,000 to every Georgia public school, with flexibility for schools to use the funds for various security purposes, including the potential hiring of a school resource officer.

Q3: Are elected officials and judges eligible for the year-end bonus?

A3: No, elected officials and judges are not eligible to receive the $1,000 year-end bonus.

Q4: How will the bonus funding impact the state budget?

A4: The nearly $330 million in bonus funding is expected to come from the current year’s budget, with lawmakers set to approve the budget amendment in January.

Q5: What other financial initiatives has Governor Kemp recently implemented?

A5: Governor Kemp and Republican lawmakers have accelerated a state income tax cut, reducing the rate to 5.39% starting January 1, 2024. Additionally, gasoline and diesel taxes were rolled back for a little more than two months, with an estimated cost of $450 million.

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