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January 15, 2003

Governor Sonny Perdue delivers his first State of the Budget Address.
To help raise funds he proposes almost $500 million in alcohol and
tobacco tax hikes, as well as scaling back the homestead exemption from
$10,000 to $4,000. We'll have complete coverage of the Governor's
budget proposals for the amended FY 2003 budget and the FY 2004 budget, including reactions from both parties.

While Governor Perdue's recommendations for an increase on
alcohol and tobacco taxes are only slated to last for 4 years, he
stated at a press conference that he's willing to keep them
indefinitely if it will improve the health of Georgia's citizens. Susan
Hoffman attended the press conference and has the highlights.

Senate leadership announced new committee chairs and members yesterday. Gerald Bryant has an exclusive interview with Senator Jack Hill, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

U.S. Congressman Johnny Isakson announces his intent to run for the U.S. Senate seat that Senator Zell Miller
is vacating in 2004. The Congressman held a press conference at the
State Capitol today to make his bid official. We'll have the details
from that event.

Today was G-CAPP advocacy day at the Capitol. Lawmakers' Elizabeth Cowart has that story.