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Economic engine could lose state funding

By Kimberly Page - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - A major economic engine for Sumter and Crisp counties is in jeopardy of losing important state funding.

The version of the state budget passed by the House this week eliminated money for the SAM Shortline Excursion Train.

SAM was established in 2000 to help stimulate tourism and spur economic growth in the area.

Without the state money the railroad excursion authority will have to deplete reserve funds, lay off workers and cut back on the number of excursions.

Senators George Hooks and John Crosby will fight to put the money back in the budget.

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