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Rep. Lumsden Talks About Education Budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Holbrook   
Thursday, 02 February 2017
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Georgia is a growing state, and with that growth there are challenges for the Georgia General Assembly as they address funding for education.

State Representative Eddie Lumsden says that the state is still recovering from the economic downturn that started in 2007 and lasted until 2014.  Now with a couple of years of increased revenues, the state legislature is going back and addressing some of the cuts that were made to education in the state.  Lumsden said, "We have had a few good years and revenues are up. We have tired to eliminate austerity cuts and we are looking at pay increase.  Those are all part of the process that we are working through."   

Lumsden said that a lot of the budget dollars allocated for education are population driven.  The state has seen an enrollment growth in public schools causing the state to add $108.9 million to the education budget.

Georgia is a growing state.  Lumsden said, "Over the past ten years, we've grown by 2 million people and the projections are that over the next fifteen years we are going to grow by an additional 4 million people. We have challenges as it relates to the budget with that population growth, particularly with the number of students that we are dealing with.  Those are some of the realities that we are facing.  Right now we are on a good trend with revenues still trending upward, but we know at some point that wont' be the case."

AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio will be broadcasting an interview with State Representative Eddie Lumsden coming up Friday afternoon following the Trading Post program in the noon hour.  We will rebroadcast the interview on Saturday and Sunday morning following Georgia Focus at 6:30 AM.


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