Georgia already has 10,000 children waiting for a spot in one of its pre-kindergarten programs. In Augusta some educators worry that potential cuts to pre-k could mean the list won’t be shrinking any time soon.
A more active wildfire season -- coupled with deeper budget cuts -- is a bad combination for state forestry officials. The Georgia Forestry Commission says with reduced staffing and county unit offices the past couple of years, the agency has had to get creative in trying to ensure there isn’t too much loss in wildfire preparedness.
Backers of the arts in Georgia pushed their case for $1 million in funding at the state Capitol this week. Arts advocates want to make sure a restructuring of Georgia’s Council for the Arts doesn’t leave federal money on the table.
With the HOPE Scholarship fund in dire financial straits state lawmakers are trying to find ways to save it. Meanwhile some students at the University of Georgia offer their own ideas for reforming the popular program.
The Georgia State Patrol has asked troopers to use less gas in an effort to deal with budget cuts while avoiding furloughs. That means fewer cars out on patrol during the busy holiday travel season. That won’t be the case for the state patrol’s motorcycle unit.
Georgia's farmers are starting to feel the effects of budget cuts at the state's agriculture extension service. Coastal Glynn County lost its agent this year because the county refused to pay a larger share of the agent's salary. Betty Ann Lewis represents a local farmer's group and she's now become the go-to person for all kinds of questions.