Georgia’s legislative session ended late Monday with lawmakers passing hundreds of bills over a nearly three-month span. This year, the General Assembly tackled high-profile measures on guns, taxes, mental health, transgender student athletes and critical race theory.

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Georgians should see some relief on their tax bills from this year’s wrangling in the legislative session. Lawmakers passed a long-awaited lowering of the state income tax rate, from the current 5.75% to 4.99%, which would kick in for different tax brackets over the next several years.

More immediately, lawmakers backed Gov. Brian Kemp in passing a one-time tax refund ranging from $250 to $500 for full-time Georgia residents filing taxes this year.

What taxpayers do pay this year will go toward the state’s $30-billion budget, which lawmakers this session bolstered with a permanent $5,000 pay raise for tens of thousands of state government workers, along with a $7,000 raise for police guards and juvenile-detention officers.

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