10:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks
10:35 a.m. - Governor - The Honorable Nathan Deal
11:00 a.m. - Economic Outlook and Revenue Estimating - Dr. Kenneth Heaghney, State Fiscal Economist
11:30 a.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Department of Education - Dr. John Barge, State Superintendent
2:00 p.m. - University System of Georgia - Dr. Erroll B. Davis, Chancellor
3:15 p.m. - Technical College System of Georgia - Ron Jackson, Commissioner
4:00 p.m. - Superior Courts - Judge Kathy Gosselin
4:30 p.m. - Adjourn
A half dozen white men dressed in mid-19th century waistcoats and blouses re-enact the political debate of 150 years ago. “As delegates we solemnly gather today to consider the most serious issues concerning the future of Georgia, and her duty to remain in the Union, or her responsibility to leave it.”
Locking up non-violent offenders and keeping them in jail too long is costing too much. That's the message of Georgia Department of Corrections commissioner Brian Owens. As the state budget is getting slimmer, the state wants fewer prisoners.
Republican state senator Jack Murphy says he’s innocent of federal charges brought against him. The FDIC is suing him and others who sat on the board of a failed local bank. The civil lawsuit alleges the bank violated banking laws.
Board of Regents Chancellor Errol Davis told lawmakers today that tuition at Georgia's 35 colleges and universities will go up if budget cuts of $185 million are approved. Davis warned that the system cannot take another year with deep cuts.
Budget hearings begin this morning at the state Capitol, the time when the state’s lawmakers hear from agency heads about their spending plans. Within the activity today, the Chancellor of the Board of Regents has his turn to talk about proposed cuts to the University system.