One of the greatest challenges Georgia legislators face this session is finding a way to sustain the lottery funded pre-kindergarten and HOPE Scholarship programs. The overwhelming success of these programs makes this problem particularly troubling. Clearly the continuation of these lottery funded programs is vital of the future prosperity of this state. However, over the past several years Georgia’s pre-K and HOPE programs have paid out more than the lottery has brought in. If this continues, all reserve funds for these programs will be depleted by fiscal year 2013. To ensure this doe
The House of Representatives is considering proposed legislation to crack down on illegal immigrants in Georgia, using a law enacted last year in Arizona as a model.
As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I participated in joint meetings with the Senate Appropriations Committee Jan. 18-20 for hearings on the state of Georgia’s amended budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which ends June 30, and the annual budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins July 1. The heads of 17 state agencies presented their requests for funding to the committee members.
Lawmakers returned to the State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 10, despite treacherous conditions caused by a winter storm that paralyzed much of Atlanta and North Georgia, to convene the 2011 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly.
On Jan. 12, Gov. Nathan Deal delivered his first State of the State address and laid out his proposals for the midyear adjustment to the fiscal year 2011 state budget as well as the annual budget for fiscal year 2012.
The 2011 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly convened Jan. 10, the same day that Governor Nathan Deal was inaugurated in a Capitol ceremony that had to be moved indoors due to the winter storm.
With all of my hopes, this changing of the guard and those made previously with the legislative leadership of Speaker David Ralston, means we will see logical solutions to existing problems.