As of March 11, your Georgia legislature had completed 24 of 40 working days in Atlanta. We have 16 days remaining that will likely be spread over the next month in order to give us more time to search for budget solutions. We are also working on other areas of interest to improve the efficiency of state government and to make life less expensive for the citizens of our state.
Budget news here goes from bad to worse. We received word that revenue to the state for February 2010 versus the same month of 2009 was down 10 percent. That ...
Last week news broke of an air traffic controller working New York City's busy John F. Kennedy International Airport bringing his young son to work with him, and actually allowing the child to convey instructions to aircraft. Some of the airline pilots were amused, and the aberration from the normal airport operation almost passed without incident.
Having spent parts of the 20th and 21st centuries in the company tower for the busiest airline at the world's busiest airport, I was flabbergasted by the news report. It just couldn't be true, I thought.
It's a fact: I don't like to pay someone else to do something that I can do better. Well, at least that's the theory. The reality is that I'm cheap, and I hate to let my money go on long trips without me. So, I often repair things that I should never mess with, just to save a few bucks. A classic example of my penny-pinching foolishness dates from about 1986, when I tried to repair my own garage door.
When Chancellor Erroll Davis was told by legislators to make further budget cuts at the University System, he put up several ideas for consideration.
You could raise tuition 35 percent or so, Davis said, as well as charge students an "emergency fee," shorten semesters, lay off some employees, or discontinue popular programs such as 4-H and county extension offices.
In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in memory, the Georgia General Assembly has to make some extremely difficult financial decisions. I don't envy them their job.
To make their challenge even harder, up pops Gov. Sonny Perdue with some budget add-ons. This time we aren't talking about concrete fishponds. While teachers are being furloughed, state employees laid off and budgets slashed to the bone, news reports say our chief executive desires to spend $9 million to finish a horse show complex at the fairgrounds in Houston County. He also has $67 million proposed for ...
It's time for Bill and Hillary Clinton to step aside. The hottest new couple in politics is one of Georgia's own, DuBose and Carol Porter.
DuBose Porter, the state legislator from Dublin, has already been campaigning for several months in the Democratic primary for governor. His wife, Carol, announced last week that she will run in the same primary for lieutenant governor.
Has anyone seen or heard from Al Gore this year? It would be serendipitous, indeed, for the former vice-president to appear and convince Old Man Winter to pack his bags. Gore can pontificate about global warming to his heart's content, but here in the Deep South folks are tired of being this cold for this long. Easter is but five Sundays away. For crying out loud, in just 39 days Jack and Arnie tee off in Augusta as honorary starters for The Masters!
For Yankee transplants, that means it's time for azaleas and dogwoods to bloom and blossom ...
With Democrats holding the presidency, a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate, you might think that they could pass whatever legislation they want. But more than a year after Obama took office, his party's version of health care "reform" has not been passed and may be going nowhere fast.
Not to be deterred by facts, the current mantra from the Obama administration is that the Republicans, whom they label the party of NO, are holding up progress.
February 28, 2010|
I am still trying to work out what Toyota has to apologize for on the sticking gas pedal issue. Let's assume that all 2,000 reported acceleration problems were all due to "defects" in Toyota vehicles. Some 8 million cars are being recalled for repairs. That is a "defect" error rate of 0.00025 percent. Or one out of every 4,000 cars.
Last week, first lady Michelle Obama kicked off an initiative. "Let's Move," addressing the problem of childhood obesity.
While our representatives in Washington are at a stalemate over health care "reform," the bigger problem over the long term is the state of our nation's health. No matter how we may change the health care system, we will have failed if we do not fix the underlying health crisis. Moving more unhealthy people into a better system of health care is not the answer.
February 21, 2010|
Thursday my Leadership Newton County class along with the youth Leadership class visited the state capitol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on our fifth class day. We have only three more to go until we graduate in May.
After battling traffic on a yellow school bus to get to Capitol Avenue, we met some of our local legislators for a morning briefing on how the session is going. Sen. John Douglas, Rep. Doug Holt and Rep. John Lunsford were gracious enough to devote their morning to our class. As expected, our senators and representatives are struggling to balance Georgia ...