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Update Posted January 31, 2013

Education Touted as Foundational Block for Growing Georgia

“We share a common purpose of making Georgia the best place to work, play, get an education and raise a family.” With those words, Gov. Nathan Deal set forth his priority areas for growing Georgia during his third State of the State address on Jan. 17.

When focusing on employment as a primary goal of education, Gov. Deal commended University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby for several initiatives that better position academic programs and give priority to those programs that help students become more readily employed upon graduation.

Another area of focus in growing Georgia is healthcare. Dr. Ricardo Azziz, president of Georgia Regents University (GRU), was saluted for taking the lead on helping to create 400 new medical residencies at various hospitals throughout the state. Last year’s budget included $1.2 million to expand the residency program. The Governor has recommended an additional $2 million in the FY2014 budget.

Gov. Deal also released his budget recommendations for the University System. They included:

• $91.3 million in formula funding,

• $13.7 million in additional funding,

• $54.65 million in budget reductions; and

• $193.2 million in capital outlay, which includes $50 million in Major Repair and Rehabilitation.

The Governor recommended $5 million in additional funding for cancer research at GRU. The funds are to help boost the GRU Medical School to a higher tier as a research institution through becoming a designated cancer research center.

Included in the Governor’s capital outlay budget recommendations were:

Equipment Funds
Dalton State College – Academic Sciences Building - $2.1 million
Georgia College & State University – Historic Ennis Hall Renovation - $1 million

Construction Funds
Georgia State University – Humanities/Law Building - $58.8 million
Georgia Southern University – Health Center - $10 million
Georgia Health Sciences University – Cancer Research Building - $45 million

Military Outreach Funds
Macon State College – Warner Robins Academic Center - $10 million

Posted by Sonja Roberts
Published in: Legislation

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