The following is from the September 13, 2012 edition of macon.com:
ATLANTA — The State Archives in Morrow will open by appointment only and its employees will be laid off because of budget cuts sought by Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Thursday.
The move takes effect Nov. 1. The facility houses a range of historical records used by amateur and professional historians, genealogy researchers, librarians, students, attorneys, instructors and others.
The secretary did not say how many state employees will be let go or when their jobs will end. Because state law gives Kemp discretionary control over his budget, the layoffs are not subject to any civil service review.
Kemp said he believes the moves will make Georgia the only state in the country without an accessible archive that has regular hours.
Deal has ordered every state office to reduce spending by 3 percent for the remainder of the current budget year, which runs through June 30, 2013, and again in the following year. That totals almost $733,000 for Kemp’s office.
Kemp emphasized that those aren’t the first reductions in recent years. “These cuts do not eliminate excess in the agency, but require the agency to further reduce services to the citizens of Georgia,” he said.