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December 11, 2002

Albany-- Governor-elect Sonny Perdue says the state is going on a fiscal diet. In a speech to state legislators, Perdue says pet projects will have to be put aside. That could mean that several Albany projects might fall by the wayside.

This vast hole in the ground is the future site of Albany State University's 10 million dollar multi-purpose stadium. Under the Roy Barnes's administration, five million was earmarked, the other five million promised. Dougherty County GOP Chairman Gary Smith says, "A lot of promises were made with the understanding that the same party will be in power, so some promises won't be fulfilled."

But, that's not necessarily because of the new party that is in power, rather the shrinking state revenue is to blame. Yet, projects like the Flint River Center were supported by Democrats in office, and Dougherty County threw it's support heavily behind the party in November. Smith says, "We certainly put our eggs in one basket as a community--the Democratic basket. I don't know how that's going to bode for us, I think it will have an impact."

Democrat Senator Michael Meyer von Bremen says, "I don't know if I will be on the appropriations committee again. As a minority leader hopefully my voice will be heard." Senate Minority leader, Michael Meyer von Bremen of Albany, says the economic realities of Georgia's budget cannot be ignored--but is unsure what Perdue means by "pet projects." Meyer von Bremen says, "Is a pet project going to be a project for colleges and universities? I don't know. We will just have to see what he means by pet projects."

For now, it's a wait and see game until January, when lawmakers reconvene in Atlanta.

Governor-elect Perdue says the budget shortfalls caused the economic slide will require state government to roll back. Perdue asked lawmakers to suggest areas that could be cut or trimmed.

Posted at 6:30 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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