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Amid budget cuts, Georgia Capitol hearings continue

ATLANTA (AP) - Budget hearings at Georgia's Capitol continue
today with transportation, prisons and public colleges on the
agenda.

Georgia is working to cut about $2 billion from its budget as
the recession has taken a chunk out of state revenues.

The state's prisons and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have
both been hit with deep cuts this year. GBI is scaling back its
crime lab funding. The Department of Corrections is closing
probation centers and prisons.

The state Department of Transportation may need to make layoffs
to balance its books and it didn't get millions of dollars it
wanted for commuter rail lines.

The Board of Regents has already hiked student fees, and the
state's technical colleges are under pressure to consolidate to cut
costs.


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