Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The state budget crisis deepens. Nothing is off the table as state lawmakers try to cut another billion dollars from next year's budget.
Tuesday, lawmakers even discussed reducing the 180-day school year. They're considering everything from raising taxes on cigarettes to cutting programs. Georgia revenues have continued to decline over the last 14 months. The state's lost four billion dollars over the last two years, leaving lawmakers with some tough decisions when it comes to balancing the state's budget.
The Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division has taken nine furlough days this fiscal year and like many state employees they're watching this week's budget discussions closely.
"All of us are concerned with our jobs as far as we don't know what's going to transpire," said Captain Jeff Swift, DNR Law Enforcement.
Darton College President Dr. Peter Sireno and Chief Financial Officer Ronnie Henry are in Atlanta for the Chancellor's budget presentation. They expect cuts of 385 million dollars. Lawmakers admit tax increases may be on the way.
"For republicans to even consider raising taxes, tells everyone how dire the budget situation is," said Rep. Ed Rynders, (R)-District 152.
Representative Ed Rynders a member of the appropriations committee was in hearings and says lawmakers are considering tough choices like a dollar tax on cigarettes that will raise 354 million a year and a 1.6 percent hospital bed tax.
"We're looking at three choices, raising taxes, terminating workers, and eliminating emerging programs and agencies, probably done in a combination of the three," said Rynders.
At the Department of Natural Resources, more cuts could affect how they serve taxpayers.
"We're at the lowest level of staffing that we've been, and certainly the demands haven't decreased especially in the public safety arena," said Swift.
Lawmakers call the budget crisis a no win situation, saying they're past the point of eliminating waste, and this round of cuts will likely affect services and people's livelihoods.
The legislature may allow several sales tax exemptions to expire and is considering increasing certain state fees that haven't been increased in years. Democrats have proposed a one-percent income tax increase for anyone who makes more than $400,000 a year.