Colleges feel impact of fewer state funds

When Gov. Nathan Deal signed the 2012 state budget last week, 11 state colleges and universities felt the pain.

Many asked for extra funding through 30-year bonds and what they asked for isn't what they are getting.

Ogeechee Tech in Statesboro asked for $730,000 to design the natural resources building, but the state will give them only $62,000.

Deal defended the cut to Ogeechee Tech by saying the state's priority should be to fund construction for existing projects in which the state has already paid for the design.

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