Governor Nathan Deal held budget signing ceremonies across Georgia Monday putting his signature on the state’s record $25 billion budget — one that focuses on three of Deal’s initiatives for the upcoming year: education, child welfare and law enforcement.

It was fitting that Deal made one stop at the Fulton County Division of Family and Children Services office in Atlanta. A 19 percent pay raises for child services workers and extra funding to compensate foster parents are both included in the new budget that takes effect July 1, 2017. 

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