By Eames Yates
May 8, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Governor Nathan Deal has signed a nearly twenty billion dollar budget for Georgia that begins on July first. Part of that budget says that the state's technical colleges will get nineteen million dollars less... which has its consequences.
Craig Wentworth is the president of Southwest Georgia Technical College. He said "its just made it tougher on us to offer new programs of study. Cause, you know, with new programs of study you got to have the funds to be able to pay for new faculty members and for new equipment."
The new budget also says there will be no raises for the roughly two hundred thousand state employees and teachers in Georgia. That applies to Wiregrass Tech as well as Southwest Georgia Tech.
Wentworth went on to say "it's been a few years since we've had raises but again what we're trying to do is we're trying to hold on to the positions, the faculty and staff that we have. We're just having to really, you know, tighten our belt."
Part of the reason for the cuts is because of less money coming in. Last year the state collected $1.6 billion less then in 2007 before the recession.