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Did politics get in the way of bringing money to Albany?

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One state legislator says politics got in the way of bringing millions of dollars to Albany State University. Tuesday afternoon, Senator Freddie Powell Sims held a news conference to discuss the breakdown in getting money for Albany projects.

She says she wants to bring more clarity and transparency to what the local delegation is doing in Atlanta and admitted the group isn't working together well.

Sims says Rep. Ed Rynders told her the reason ASU money was pulled from the budget last year is Sims voted against a tax reform plan pushed by the House Speaker. She also insinuated, while admitting there's no evidence of it, that Rynders actually spoke out against Albany State getting funding for the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in this year's budget.

Sims said, "If there's an individual in your delegation that says well, they've misused the money or they don't need it or they're not good stewards of the taxpayers money or those kinds of references, then you don't get it."

Rynders told us Tuesday afternoon he has never worked against any project in Southwest Georgia and will continue to work on behalf of the people he represents.

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