At capitol building in Atlanta, Ga., hundreds of college students carried signs warning Georgia’s state officials to be careful about making budget cuts to the states public universities or risk losing their votes in the upcoming elections. 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.”

Hundreds of students from almost all of the 35 public colleges in Georgia gathered for the rally Monday to protest proposed budget cuts. The rally was in reaction to proposed cuts for the 2011 fiscal year, which were estimated at up to $600 million. While some officials say the actual cuts were likely to be around $350 million to $400 million, students have still been adamant, saying the cuts still put their education in peril.

Students drove from as far as Athens, Savannah and Augusta to attend the rally, which leaders have been organizing for weeks.

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