Budget Hearings – Thursday, January 20, 2011


Thursday, January 20th
8:55 a.m. - Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. - Department of Human Services - Clyde Reese, Commissioner
10:00 a.m. - Department of Community Health - David Cook, Commissioner
11:00 a.m. - Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities - Frank Shelp, Commissioner
12:00 p.m. - Department of Labor - Mark Butler, Commissioner
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 p.m. - FY 2011 Federal Block Grant Hearings

GPB News - Politics

Grocery Tax Could ReturnGrocery Tax Could Return

Lawmakers will consider reinstating the grocery tax this session. It’s perhaps the most controversial part of a broad plan to overhaul the tax code. Two legislators discussing the plan at recent luncheon on the state budget crisis provide a glimpse of what’s to come when lawmakers take up the issue this year.

Rev. Bernice King Rejects SCLC PresidencyRev. Bernice King Rejects SCLC Presidency

The Rev. Bernice King says she will not assume the presidency of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King was elected in October 2009 to lead the organization co-founded by her father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., more than 50 years ago.

Deal Wants Better Storm PrepDeal Wants Better Storm Prep

Governor Deal met with the head of Georgia's Emergency Management Agency as well as transportation and public safety commissioners on Thursday. He says they talked about lessons learned from last week's snow storm and how to get ready for the ice storm expected to hit north Georgia early next week.

Ethics Watchdogs Push ChangesEthics Watchdogs Push Changes

Ethics reform is not on the minds of many lawmakers this year, but ethics watchdog groups and the Georgia Tea Party have banned together to get their attention. Now a lobbying effort is underway to push for more changes.

Sharing Nuclear Expansion CostsSharing Nuclear Expansion Costs

Last month the Georgia Public Service Commission approved a surcharge to help Georgia Power pay for construction of the first nuclear reactors to be built in the country in thirty years. Now commissioners want to make sure ratepayers aren’t saddled with the bill if the estimated $14 billion project goes over budget


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