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Senator Nixes 4-H Cuts
Wednesday, 03 March 2010

March 3--  It wasn't long after the news hit the air that State Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons called from the state Capitol to report lawmakers have no intention of letting the University System eliminate the state's 4-H program.

Earlier this week the Chancellor of the University System included the $6 million program in cuts which he said would happen if the legislature takes $300 million from the system's budget in 2011.

"In the budget process, Regents is a seperate budget from what's called the "B" budget which would include 4-H, so they really have no say about whether 4-H will be cut.  They offer that up, but it's the General Assembly which determines if there will be cuts to 4-H or the Extension Service and we have no plans to cut 4-H or Extension programs," he said.

Senator Williams, who is President ProTem of the Senate, says the Board of Regents needs to look elsewhere for cuts.

"We feel like if the University of Georgia was making prudent cuts, they wouldn't be paying so many professors over $300,000 per year.  That's the place they should start focusing rather than 4-H and we're going to hold their feet to the fire because they've got some efficiencies they can find," he says.

 
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