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Ga. colleges on spending spree despite economy

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ATLANTA (AP) - A newspaper investigation has found that the University System of Georgia has been on a spending spree as billions have been cut from the state's budget during the recession.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the state's 35-campus public university system has gone from $5.4 billion in spending in 2007 to a projected $7 billion this year. The spending includes lavish buildings, high-price administrators and top-of-the-line technology, as well as new football teams and dozens of new academic programs.

That's at the same time that tuition has gone up by 50% since 2008, and students are paying 87% more in fees.

State lawmakers have become frustrated in recent years, saying that the system isn't sharing the burden of state spending cuts. University system administrators say they have cut back but have to raise tuition to keep up with the cost of delivering a college education.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,


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