Georgia college system to vote on steeper budget cuts

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state Board of Regents has approved steeper budget cuts and hikes on student fees to deal with the state's worsening financial crisis.

The board met on Wednesday.

According to the meeting agenda, the board approved 8 percent, or $182 million, reductions for the current fiscal year. That's up from the 6 percent cuts the board already OK'd at the request of Gov. Sonny Perdue's budget office.

The Regents also voted to reduce employer contributions to health care plans from 75 percent to 70 percent. And students will have to pay a temporary fee of up to $100 to help fill the budget hole.

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