New budget includes money for arts, College Football Hall

The House and Senate gave  final approval to a $17.9 billion budget for the upcoming year that cuts education spending but keeps alive arts programs and provides $10 million to buy land for the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The House had eliminated the Georgia Council for the Arts from the upcoming year’s budget. But budget negotiators agreed to provide $790,735 in state funding next year to keep the council  going.

Basic funding for schools and colleges was cut more than $600 million in the budget for fiscal 2011, which begins July 1. That will mean furloughs and layoffs in local school systems and sharply higher tuition at universities and colleges.

The recession has caused the state to cut back in many areas. Two of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s bond projects – one to expand a horse facility at the state fairgrounds  in his home Houston County and another aimed at supplying money for rural economic development – were slashed from the budget.

However, House and Senate leaders added more than two-dozen bond projects to the budget.  The state is already expected to spend $1.2 billion next year making payments on money it borrowed for bond projects.

Among the projects added were: $6.4 million for “infrastructure expansion” at Kennesaw State University; $4.7 million for a humanities building at Georgia State University; $7 million to renovate lab space at Georgia Gwinnett College; $10.9 million for a sciences building at Atlanta Metro College; $2 million to upgrade the amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands, and $1.5 million to provide local and federal matching money for work being done on the Atlanta-Chattanooga high speed rail project.

Lawmakers paid for the added items, in part, by cutting $100 million from the $300 million bond package Perdue proposed for road projects.

14 comments Add your comment


April 29th, 2010
3:42 pm

what are the particulars with the 600 million cut to education?


April 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

Looks like alot of money is being spent North of Macon. What do folks from South Georgia get?

Genny Gowen

April 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

Looks a lot of the money spent was done around Atlanta. Surprise, surprise.


April 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

Sonny’s not gonna like that. Me either.

The Cynical White Boy

April 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

Don’t worry about health, education or transportation for gosh sakes. Just enjoy those big new boat ramps and “Go Fish”.


April 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

We can just “Go Fish” thanks to Sonny and the legislature! Vote them all out!

Ralph Jr.

April 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

cut education spending, but spend 10 million to buy land for a college f-ball hall of fame?? Any reasonable inteligent person can see that this is so shameful and wrong!! Cut basic funding, yet spend millions on infrastructure expansions at colleges????? How retarded is that. it says higher tution at colleges, which may mean some kids will forgo college, thus making enrollment numbers go down (GPC is canceling fall registration)… At least the campuses will have nice shiny new facilities for FEWER students, staff, and faculty. Are all of the legislators stupid???


April 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Most politicians in the Georgia Legislature are only concerned what is in it for them. Sure, you can vote them out and vote new ones in. Problem is, the new ones will be courted by the PACS and Lobbyists too. Get rid of the PACS and Lobbyists and let the Senators and Reps start listening to their true constituents – the voters in their districts.

Metro Atlanta

April 29th, 2010
6:40 pm

Spend a lot of money around North Georgia??? Eh, isnt that where 70% of the states population is?

General Sherman

April 29th, 2010
7:49 pm

I cannot believe that the 10 million for a college football hall of fame that was failing at its present location.Just a bunch of
dumb f…..g idiots.

Democrat will win

April 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

Georgia will have a Democrat for Governor next year,and the turn over rate for the current legislature will be over 50%.Term limits are a must if you want change.


April 30th, 2010
9:30 pm

I came here looking for details on budget cuts. I got gypped. What is this? Top secret?


May 2nd, 2010
10:27 pm

1.5 million for highs peed rail between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Does this mean conventional rail which can be linked to a national network using existing infrastructure? Or more waste on a pointless Maglev which would be captive to those 130 miles between the cities? CSX and Norfolk Southern BOTH have existing high-capacity rail lines to run some trains on. Study it, throw down some concrete for platforms, then buy the train cars and run. Otherwise, [for the Maglev] it’s acquire Right of Way, build completely new support infrastructure (track/guideway), develop technology, build fancy stations etc.

Jim Cierzniak

August 24th, 2010
5:38 pm

The College Football Hall of Fame has been a millstone around the necks of South Bend taxpayers. Including bond payments of $1.4 million per year through 2017, the Hall has been subsidized by over $35 million in tax money since 1995. It flopped in South Bend; it flopped in Cincinnati. Atlanta, it’s your turn in the barrel. For details on how bad it was(is), contact me. I’m in the phone book.