October 18, 2012
Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that the state will restore $125,000 to Kemp’s budget to keep the
Archives open to Georgians for the remainder of the budget year. Georgia State
Archives are a showcase of our state’s rich history and a source of great
pride,” said Deal. “I worked quickly with my budget office and Secretary Kemp
to ensure that Georgians can continue to come to Morrow to study and view the
important artifacts kept there. I appreciate Secretary Kemp’s commitment to
work with me to find a solution.” Georgia
The extra funding provides for Georgia State Archives to be open to the public through June 30 of next year. On July 1, the Georgia Archives will be transferred to University System of Georgia, pending approval of the move by the General Assembly. This transfer will include appropriations required for operation and assets of the Georgia Archives. Additional staff will be provided by USG at that time. Deal and Kemp intend to find efficiencies by consolidating the Archives under the University System of Georgia, just as the state has sought to do with the library system.
“From the beginning of this budget process, I have stated that it was my hope that current access to the Archives could be maintained,” Kemp said. “I greatly appreciate Governor Deal’s leadership and recognize the difficult decisions that had to be made in order to identify this funding. He has proposed a plan that supports Archives not just this year, but for years to come.”
Deal’s budgetary commitment allows Georgia State Archives to maintain its current access hours.
Editor’s Note: We at NGS strongly believe that the actions of the genealogists on the ground in Georgia and all the letters sent in by NGS members and others really helped make a difference.
Congratulations to us all for a swift and extensive response since the news first came out just over a month ago!
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