In the upcoming January 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, legislators must cut 2% from the state budget. One of the cuts will be to the Georgia Department of Archives and History, which will be forced to close to the public. While the Archives has continued (and will continue) to service government officials and agencies, previous budgetary cuts reduced the hours open to the public from five to two days per week. Further cuts could not only reduce the Archives’ ability to carry out its mandate (to protect and preserve important government documents across many agencies), but will also completely obfuscate these documents from public review, a necessary check on government by its citizens.
December 15, 2011