ATLANTA (AP) -- A newspaper investigation has found that the
University System of Georgia has been on a spending spree as
billions have been cut from the state's budget during the
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the state's
35-campus public university system has gone from $5.4 billion in
spending in 2007 to a projected $7 billion this year. The spending
includes lavish buildings, high-price administrators and
top-of-the-line technology, as well as new football teams and
dozens of new academic programs.
That's at the same time that tuition has gone up by 50 percent
since 2008, and students are paying 87 percent more in fees.
State lawmakers have become frustrated in recent years, saying
that the system isn't sharing the burden of state spending cuts.
University system administrators say they have cut back but have to
raise tuition to keep up with the cost of delivering a college