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Plan to close Carter visitor center resurfaces

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan to close a visitor center in former President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains has resurfaced.

Gov. Nathan Deal's 2013 budget plan would close the Plains Visitor Information Center, among the least visited in Georgia, to save about $240,000.

The center's supporters beat back a similar proposal in 2009 and state Sen. George Hooks, who represents Carter's district, promised a similar fight on Wednesday.

Chris Cummiskey, who heads the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said the idea isn't intended to disrespect Carter.

But he said funding would "be better served to get more boots on the ground to create more jobs for Georgia."

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