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Legislators OK full funding for Gainesville State, North Georgia college buildings
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ATLANTA - The compromise budget approved Friday by House and Senate conferees includes the full $31.2 million for a new academic building at Gainesville State College.

It also contains $16.4 million for building renovations on the campus of North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, a member of the House Appropriations Committee confirmed that the two projects were fully funded in the state spending plan for the year beginning July 1.

House budget writers had cut the Gainesville State project by $6.2 million, after the new building had been designed and engineered. The Senate restored the funds and the House agreed.

The Senate added an additional $6 million for North Georgia. The governor and House budget writers had proposed only $10 million to renovate four buildings on the historic campus.

The budget was being printed Friday afternoon. That process takes about three hours. The printed budget must sit on lawmaker's desks for one hour prior to a vote, which should come sometime Friday evening.

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