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Governor’s Staff Raises Exceed Those For Teachers, Other State Workers

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, center, walks with his staff after visiting the Georgia Senate on the last day of the legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Atlanta. Also pictured is his wife, Georgia first lady, Sandra Deal, left, walking with his chief of staff Chris Riley. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, center, walks with his staff after visiting the Georgia Senate on the last day of the legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Atlanta. Also pictured is his wife, Georgia first lady, Sandra Deal, left, walking with his chief of staff Chris Riley. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)
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Many of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aides and senior executive branch officials received raises in 2015, according to a new analysis from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The governor himself continues to draw a $139,339 salary. But the newspaper found that several top aides in his office saw their pay rise by about 10 percent, nearly pulling even with their boss.

Chief of Staff Chris Riley now receives $138,500. Six other top lieutenants are paid $137,500.

Several Cabinet agency heads and other political appointees also got significant pay bumps.

Deal, meanwhile, has proposed a budget that would give raises of about 1 percent to most state workers. School districts also could get money for teacher raises, but well shy of 10 percent.