Deal sets aside $4.3M for Georgia Archives
by The Associated Press
January 23, 2013 11:57 PM | 956 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Archivist Amanda Mros files microfilm at the Georgia State Archives in Morrow in October. Gov. Nathan Deal has set aside $4.3 million in next year’s proposed budget for the Georgia Archives, the latest step in efforts to keep the institution’s doors open.<br>The Associated Press
Archivist Amanda Mros files microfilm at the Georgia State Archives in Morrow in October. Gov. Nathan Deal has set aside $4.3 million in next year’s proposed budget for the Georgia Archives, the latest step in efforts to keep the institution’s doors open.
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ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal has set aside $4.3 million in next year’s proposed budget for the Georgia Archives, the latest step in efforts to keep the institution’s doors open.

Deal’s proposal would also fund 10 positions at the institution in Morrow, which lost five employees last fall to layoffs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Supporters say many more steps remain to keep the archives open and accessible to Georgians. They are pushing for an additional $1.5 million to expand public access to the state’s important and historical records dating to at least 1733, saying the additional money would reopen the archives from two to five days a week.

Deal’s proposed budget is for fiscal year 2014, which starts July 1.

Meanwhile, a group of academics, historians and librarians will be working out the details for transferring the Georgia Archives from the secretary of state’s office to the state’s public university system.

Clayton State University President Tim Hynes will serve as the panel’s chairman, University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby has said.

The transfer is part of a long-term agreement reached by Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp to keep the research and records facilities open. A bill allowing the transfer still must be approved by the legislature.
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January 24, 2013
Now, if he can just find a way to quit furloughing teachers and students!
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