This week Gov. Brian Kemp surprised the General Assembly and most Georgians by taking a scalpel to the $32.4 billion state budget approved by state legislators. His 33 pages of vetoes included $26 million for retiree raises, $6 million for bonuses for school custodians, $4 million to boost the pay of psychiatric hospital workers and $1 million for agriculture positions to help peach, blueberry and citrus farmers. 

Also vetoed was $6.3 million for free meals for school children. That was on top of the $66 million cut to Georgia’s university system, which the General Assembly passed and the governor left alone.  

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