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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Georgia's Governor elect, Nathan Deal, says the states budget crisis may require deeper cuts in education spending. Deals say the lottery funded HOPE scholarship cannot continue on its current path, and drastic measures may be needed to save it.

State Representative Ed Rynders says he thinks during this upcoming session, lawmakers will look at tying the HOPE scholarship to SAT scores, trying to eliminate remedial courses, and potential book fees, and perhaps tying it to income.

Rynders say he sees the real problem is due to the outpacing the increase in tuition with the amount of lottery dollars.

Deal also said tough choices will need to be made in funding for K through 12.

"The problem with K through 12 is that it makes up over 50 percent of the budget," Rynders said. "We've got a $1. 5 billion shortfall, which means we either have to raise taxes or continue to cut services."

State representative Rynders say he is considering legislation that would cap future tuition increases to the rate of inflation.

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