Since the recession hit in 2007, the Georgia legislature has been faced with balancing the state budget amid sharply declining revenues. We are constitutionally prohibited from spending more than we take in, which prevents us from running up a trillion dollar deficit like the federal government. Smart financial planning is crucial for any government, just as it is for every family.
In response to Karen Wilson's letter to the editor, I was encouraged to write one of my own.
I agree with recent letter writers, Karen Wilson and Arlene McClure regarding the formation of a regional airport authority.
The Georgia Legislative session will end soon, but it may not be too late for the residents of Georgia if they make some changes quickly.
It's a whole lot easier getting agreement at this point on what we don't want to see in the tax reform bill than what we do. I have received dozens of e-mails asking me not to vote for HB 385 because the Council on Tax Reform recommended taxing some of their favorite things.
We worked hard this session to balance the state budget and make necessary spending cuts while continuing to provide vital services for Georgians.
Over the past three years we have made every effort to monitor the concerns and needs of the residents and to make appropriate adjustments in how we operate. One of the tools we have utilized to gauge what you expect from us is to conduct electronic surveys of customers in our planning and development office, the parks and at other locations in county government.
The 1,500 acre annexation in 2007 drove a spear into the heart of Dawson County.
Purple is already a color that reminds us of Spring, as well as the Lenten season, but did you know that purple is a color that restores faith and hope to so many who are fighting cancer in our community?
Crossover Day marks an important milestone in the legislative process. It falls on Day 30 of the 40-day legislative session and is the last day that bills can cross from one chamber to another.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America's Civil War.
The legislature took the final step this week in preserving Georgia's greatest gift to its students, the HOPE Scholarship.
March 16, is Crossover Day and Day 30 of our 40-day legislative session. For the remaining 10 days, each body of the general assembly will only consider bills passed by the other body. Before the night is over, the House will have considered close to 100 bills.
I am writing in regards to the development of a 'regional' airport in Dawson County.
Georgia's lottery-funded HOPE program has been the envy of many states since its inception in 1993. But because of the downturn in the economy the program is facing a financial deficit.
Most young Georgians have never heard of Bo Callaway, a gentleman from Georgia.
I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.
April is traditionally known for showers, blooming trees and shrubs and early flowers. We have had our share of those (including the pollen) and are enjoying the "popping out" beauty.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.
Last week Sen. Steven Gooch and Rep. Kevin Tanner wrote about the end of the general session and the bills they had sponsored and that had been passed. Some good was done.
If you attended the annual meeting of the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association, you don't need to read this column. However, not many of you were there.
Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in south Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.
The 2014 legislative session came to an end March 20, when the House and Senate completed the 40th and final legislative day.
On the last day of the 2013 legislative session, a bill that would have substantially protected and enforced the Second Amendment rights of all Georgians failed to receive final legislative approval in the late night hours. Supporters of that bill, including myself, were extremely disappointed in the outcome, but we committed ourselves to making sure a stronger Second Amendment protection bill was brought back in 2014.
My high school friend in Texas stood about 5'4," yet even the biggest football players gave him a wide berth when he walked down the hall.
Since the policy of the federal government seems to be to snoop on the conversations of private citizens, I thought it would be appropriate if we turned the tables on them. So, I authorized my columnist commandos to infiltrate the White House disguised as teleprompters and get the real scoop on the latest developments in Ukraine.
My husband and I have lived in Dawson County for the last eight years. We have found it to be a very pleasant experience. However, there is one thing that could make it even more pleasant, a dog park.
One of the greatest things about serving District 51 is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Georgians statewide.
We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.
I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.