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Rep. Gaines on FY 2022 State Budget's Funding for Athens

The proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget for the state contains more than $50 million in bonds to support several projects in the Athens area. District 117 Representative Houston Gaines has more.

"I'm excited that we're able to pass a balanced budget that increases our investments in education, healthcare, and public safety, and we did that while cutting taxes by $140 million for Georgia families. I'm really excited this budget includes a lot of significant local projects/priorities we've been working on this legislative session, including projects at the University of Georgia, Athens Technical College, and $1 million for Athens Transit."

Gaines says the measure passed with unanimous bipartisan support.

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget includes several million dollars in bond funding to support a variety of disciplinary studies at the University of Georgia. HB 81 includes a $5.7 million bond to the university’s STEM Research II Building, a $1.7 million bond for Phase I of the renovation of Science Hill, and a $5 million bond for the design and construction of the Science Hill Modernization project. It also allocates a $5 million bond for design, construction, and equipment for a Multidisciplinary Greenhouse Complex and a $21.7 million bond for Phase I construction of the Poultry Science Complex.

Additionally, the FY 2022 budget includes a $13.085 million bond for the construction of the Industrial Systems Technology Building at Athens Technical College. To support Athens’ critical public transit system, this version of the budget dedicates a $1 million bond to help Athens-Clarke County Transit fund its Transit Administration Operations and Maintenance and Vehicle Storage Facility.

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Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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