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Tuesday August 20th, 2019 2:05AM

UPDATE: Governor Deal to highlight budget at stops across Georgia; one stop set for Fannin Co.

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal plans to sign his final state budget during ceremonial stops across Georgia, including one in northeast Georgia in Blue Ridge.

Deal's office said Friday that he also plans stops in Acworth, Statesboro, Tifton, and Atlanta.

The governor plans to highlight funding for education and children's mental health at the events scheduled for Wednesday.

The $26 billion budget fully funds the state's K-12 education formula after over a decade of cutbacks.  The new budget includes $100 million in borrowing for transit projects and $360 million toward the teacher retirement pension system.  Also, $16 million in funding was allocated for school safety in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February.

During the stop in Blue Ridge, Deal, along with House Speaker David Ralston, will highlight investments made in the University System of Georgia, including funding for a new UNG campus.

(AccessWDUN's Ken Stanford contributed to this story.)

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