For the first time since the great recession, state employees are about to get well-deserved pay raises. Many haven't seen a pay hike in seven years.
The budget lawmakers recently approved, and Governor Nathan Deal signed, includes 3 percent increases for state workers.
It will give even bigger raises to state law enforcers.
That's especially important since one recent study showed Georgia State Patrol troopers are the lowest paid troopers in the country.
We're losing too many troopers, GBI agents, and DNR law enforcers to higher paying jobs, and the state needs to do what it can to keep good officers.
Obviously, lawmakers had to make hard choices when times were tough, but now revenue is up.
Giving workers a long overdue raise is a good thing that Georgia taxpayers should support.