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Georgia schools face more budget cuts for 2013-14

 It’s happening again.

 VSU, along with all other campuses across Georgia, is under the threat of another 3 percent budget cut to its 2013-14 budget after Chancellor Henry Huckaby issued a directive Aug. 23.

 This directive is in part a result of schools across the state failing to heed Gov. Nathan Deal’s request that state agencies “identify low-priority or under-performing programs and eliminate these programs and/or rethink service delivery,” as Huckaby wrote in a memorandum to presidents and provosts of USG colleges.

 Deal recently proposed cuts that would equal $108 million over the next two years.  According to John Brown, former director of the House Budget Office, universities should brace themselves.

 “Institutions should fully expect to lose this 3 percent,” Brown said in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Aug. 8.

 He even warned about a possible 1 or 2 percent increase to the cuts.

 “This money is not going to be restored, in my opinion,” Brown said.

 The University System of Georgia is telling colleges to avoid one-time reductions and minimize the impact on students.

 The cuts were discussed at VSU in the last Planning and Budget Council meeting on Aug. 24, but the specifics are still unclear.

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