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March 26, 2004

Albany- Public education may suffer under the budget pushed through the state Senate by Republicans Friday, but it looks good for a Southwest Georgia college.

The $16.4 billion state budget pours more money into health care programs like Medicaid but is less generous to public schools.

"There are some concerns there that I have that if we don't watch it, it's gonna force the local school administrations to have to find money, which, in essence, the General Assembly avoids imposing a tax increase, but then the local systems are gonna have to raise taxes," said Sen. Michael Meyer Von Bremen, (D) Albany.

The budget does include $4.9 million for a new administration building at Darton College. A conference committee must now resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill.

posted at 9:17 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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