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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 15, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In an effort to correct a $2.2 Billion shortfall, Governor Perdue wants to freeze salaries for teachers and state employees and cut 10% from technical colleges.

The proposal is a big blow to Albany Technical College which already cut 8% from its budget and laid off three employees. "We're on route to having our largest graduation numbers that we ever had and it's going to be more difficult. Our faculty is going to work harder, we're going to have to teach more students per individual, but we can't give up on our mission to serve the state, to do well," said President Dr. Anthony Parker.

In addition to cutting the budget, Governor Perdue wants to boost borrowing to create 200,000 new jobs building schools and libraries.

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