Georgia using federal cash for $1,000 bonuses to 1st responders

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 2:39 PM EDT
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ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he will use federal COVID-19 aid to pay $1,000 bonuses to every police officer, sheriff’s deputy, firefighter and emergency medical technician statewide.

Other workers who will be eligible include prison and jail guards, probation and parole officers, 911 dispatchers, bailiffs and game wardens. The governor also plans $300 payments to volunteer firefighters statewide.

His office says all the payments should cost up to $100 million and go to more than 80,000 workers.

Georgia has nearly $4.8 billion in federal COVID-19 aid that it’s deciding how to spend.

“Our law enforcement officials and first responders answered the call of duty and bravely served on the front line of our fight against COVID-19, despite the unprecedented challenges thrown their way,” Kemp said.

The state of Georgia will use American Rescue Plan funds for the bonuses.

The state already used federal money to make $1,000 payments to K-12 and preschool teachers, university employees and most state workers.

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