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Will Albany receive the Governor's support?

January 8, 2003

Albany - Governor-elect Sonny Perdue may put the brakes on the Albany State Stadium. On Wednesday, Perdue spoke to students at Southside Middle School in Albany. He said academics, not athletic improvements, top his priority list.

A chance to read to students at Southside brought Perdue to town. But, the hot topic of controversy stems from another school - Albany State University. In his hands, Perdue holds the fate of the already started, but not nearly completed, ASU stadium. Now many people are wondering is the $5,000,000 we've already received for the project will go to waste.

The stadium, backed by democrats, could be halted under the new republican leadership. Perdue isn't promising the additional $5,000,000 needed to finish the project. "Athletics are an important part of education, but not as important as small class size," said Perdue. "Money will be tight. I plan to improve the education in the classroom first, then the left-over money will be distributed for local projects."

Another project, the proposed Cancer Center of Excellence in Southwest Georgia, may also hit a brick wall. But Perdue says health care tops his agenda. "It's not so much about bricks and mortar, as educating Georgians about taking care of their health." The answer to whether Albany will receive financial support from the new Governor will come when Perdue presents his budget to lawmakers January 15th.

Perdue also plans to tackle ethics complaints head-on by appointing an Inspector General to investigate political campaign violations.

Posted at 5:45PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com