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Governor Nathan Deal's proposed budget he unveiled Wednesday does not include the $24 million the Dougherty County legislative delegation hoped to get to start construction of a long-awaited Fine Arts Center at Albany State University.

Senator Freddie Powell Sims says our area needs the construction jobs, and the university needs the facility. "We're talking about classrooms and sort of a huge, multi-purpose room that not only benefits the campus but would benefit the entire community," she said.

The Governor did propose spending $1.4 million to re-design the plans and keep the project alive. His office sent the following statement to WALB from Gov. Deal.

"I have included money in my budget to finance a redesign of the Albany State University fine arts building. We want to ensure that the new facility will meet the present and future needs of the university. In order to do so, we felt that a redesign was necessary. The new building has the potential to not only benefit the university but the entire region, and we want to make sure we do it right."

Local lawmakers say they will continue to push for full funding this year.

Rep. Winfred Dukes says he's disappointed. He said the Governor is going against his own Board of Regents who Dukes said requested the $24 million this year.