In an effort to cut the requested 3% from his budget, Secretary of State Brian Kemp plans to close the Georgia Archives. Closing the Archives would save the Secretary of the State for Georgia the roughly $730,000 he needed to trim off his budget.
The problem with this plan is that in doing so, he would drastically cut the access Georgia Historical records which we have learned is one illegal, and two would put a major roadblock for the countless researchers and genealogists who use the resources at the Archives.
In response to a great deal of protests and organized outrage, the Governor pledged to find a way to keep the Archives open, which was slated to close on Nov. 1st. The newest development is that they will have the Archives open the first two weeks of the month on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday by appointment only. The staff of the Archives will decrease from 10 to 3 (yes, 7 people will be losing their jobs) and the remaining three are suppose to work to provide appointees access to the various resources in the Archives. Also, how are three people suppose to entertain the research needs of researchers and maintain the facility.
Now, they are claiming that with this new schedule, the community is getting more hours but when you think about the number of people who will now be restricted to using the facility by appointment that will last no more than 2.5 hours, when they could have stayed the whole day and for the most part, be self sufficient – it makes me want to say Thanks but no thanks to the Governor and the Secretary of the State. I feel like there are other places where the funds can be found to restore the Archives to its reduced schedule of Friday and Saturday, down from its original 5 days.
This recession we are in is really taking its toil on everything and I just hope and pray that things will turn around soon because instead of cutting meat, they are chipping away at the bone.
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