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Georgia Archives still threatened with cutbacks

Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that the state will restore $125,000 to Kemp’s budget to keep the Georgia State Archives open to Georgians for the remainder of the budget year. However the extra funding only provides for Georgia State Archives to be open to the public through June 30 of next year.

On July 1,  the Georgia Archives will be transferred to University System of Georgia, pending approval of the move by the General Assembly. This transfer will include appropriations required for operation and assets of the Georgia Archives. Additional staff will be provided by USG at that time. Deal and Kemp intend to find efficiencies by consolidating the Archives under the University System of Georgia, just as the state has sought to do with the library system.

It is a move forward but still there is a need to stay engaged because it was $730,000 that was cut and forced the closure but they are reopening with only $125,000?!  Only two employees will keep their jobs. This means that five are still fired and the Archives is expected to operate with four employees.  Local advocates in Georgia plan to keep moving forward with their protests to see what develops.

We all need to stay alert and engaged in what is happening there. For more details be sure to follow “Georgia Archives Matters” blog.

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