Georgia budget includes funds for Augusta area youth, cyber, prison

Georgia budget includes funds for Augusta area youth, cyber, prison

The 2020 state budget signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday includes approximately $40 million in new funding for area state agencies, including $14 million to renovate the Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy.

The $14 million bond issue is the largest single allocation in the 2020 budget. Last year, the state invested more than $100 million for the Hull-McKnight and Shaffer MacCartney buildings at the Georgia Cyber Center.

Since 2000, the Youth Challenge Academy has enrolled around 100 to 200 high school dropouts in a 22-week military-style program during which 16- to 19- year-olds take classes to complete their GEDs and learn life skills.

Much of the remaining state funding involves the Georgia Cyber Center, state law enforcement and Augusta University.

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