Patient advocates and providers are using words like “devastating,” “catastrophic” and “disaster” to describe to fallout of possibly losing Grady Health System’s mental health program. The mental health program, nevertheless, could be on the chopping block as the Atlanta safety net provider confronts nearly $100 million in funding cuts.
Robins Air Force Base won't see a dramatic decline in planes coming into the Georgia base for overhauls. In March, base officials announced that as a result of across-the-board federal spending cuts, 28 fewer planes would be coming in for overhaul this fiscal year. However, officials now say only one plane will be delayed to the next fiscal year.
After selling more than half of its 13,000 acres last year, Callaway Gardens is now taking action to cut costs. The resort in Pine Mountain is eliminating some jobs and will close the gardens for more than a week in early January.
The Tift County Board of Education has passed a budget requiring classroom days and funding for libraries to be reduced in response to more than $5 million in budget cuts. The budget has moved school system officials to cut four days from the instructional calendar. Faculty and staff are also being asked to take six furlough days next school year.
The mayor of Columbus is warning of "massive layoffs" of city workers next year if the consolidated government continues on its current path. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson also accused public safety department heads Tuesday of using the threat of layoffs to "maintain possibly inflated budgets."
A west Georgia school system has approved a package of cuts that includes closing an elementary school and a middle school. The Muscogee County School Board approved the plan with a unanimous vote Monday night. The recommendation by interim Superintendent John Phillips includes closing Edgewood Elementary School and Marshall Middle School.
Tickets for midway rides at the Georgia National Fair in Perry will increase in the wake of state budget cuts. The board overseeing fair voted Wednesday to increase the price of tickets for midway rides.
About 8,000 Georgians with new disabilities have been unable to receive training needed to get a job. Georgia's Vocational Rehabilitation Agency has been experiencing severe budget cuts since October. Now the programs require the newly disabled to go on a waiting list to receive the training they need to match their skills with jobs.