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Day 3- January 13, 2010

Governor Sonny Perdue struck a reflective tone in his eighth and final State of the State Address this morning before a special joint session of the Georgia General Assembly.  He took the time to thank his wife, First Lady Mary Perdue, and his children as well as special thanks to State employees. Top legislative priorities detailed in the Address are education and mental healthcare, including significant support for the newly formed Department of Behavioral Health.   The Governor did not detail his budget, opting instead to reveal his plan for State spending later this week. 


State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond delivered the official Democratic response to the State of the State this afternoon.  Commissioner Thurmond detailed some of the challenges facing Georgia that Governor Perdue did not address, but made sure to express that Democrats are ready to work across party lines for the betterment of Georgia. 


We’ll also have reactions to Governor Perdue’s speech and priorities from legislators.  Some of those Lawmakers’ Valarie Edwards spoke with were concerned about what wasn’t the Governor’s speech- especially a transportation funding solution. 


Lawmakers’ Nwandi Lawson speaks with the National Mental Health Association about the Governor’s plans to appropriate $20 million in 2010 and $50 million in 2011 for the newly created Department of Behavioral Health. 


And we’ll bring you some highlights of our post-address analysis with Tom Crawford of  Mr. Crawford joined the Lawmakers special live broadcast of the State of the State this morning.


All that and more, tonight on Lawmakers.