College students carried signs warning Georgia's lawmakers that they vote. They reminded budget writers that today's college students are tomorrow's leaders. They pleaded for money, saying that the Legislature is "budget-cutting my future."
Several hundred students from nearly all of Georgia's 35 public colleges united for a rally Monday to protest proposed budget cuts. At one point, the University System of Georgia was facing up to $600 million in cuts for the 2011 fiscal year. While the actual cut will be less -- some officials say $350 million to $400 million -- students said that still puts their education in jeopardy.