On Friday the Governor’s and State Budget offices announced that the Smart Start withholding would be reduced from $10 million to $7 million. Only a few programs were given any grace within the 5% withholding that had been ordered earlier in the year. This reduces our overall cut from $26 million to approximately $23 million.
According to the Associated Press:
The community college system will receive $19.5 million more to handle an influx of jobless students seeking to be retrained. The Department of Health and Human Services will get more money for some social service programs and the Smart Start early childhood initiative. Perdue’s budget office also freed up $4.7 million for the court system.
In August, Governor Perdue had ordered that 5% of money allocated in the budget be withheld to ensure there were no cash flow issues.
We are certainly appreciative of the Governor’s effort on behalf of young children.