9:25am - 12:30pm Budget Hearing
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - TBA Budget Hearing
PolitiFact is giving Governor Nathan Deal a "half-truth" rating for saying Savannah harbor deepening will create jobs. Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed were in Washington Friday seeking federal funds for the expansion. The Governor says, deepening the river is a job-creating project.
Advocates for older Georgians asked state legislators Thursday to allot more federal social service funding for senior citizens. Lawmakers held a hearing on a type of federal funding called social service block grants. They fund programs such as adult daycare and transportation services that help older residents remain in their homes.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2013 spending plan is about 4 percent larger than the revised 2012 budget. That reflects increased tax revenues. But state officials told lawmakers Thursday, there'll be no reprieve from budget cuts next year.
Lawmakers gathered at the State Capitol Thursday to introduce Senate Resolution 673. The resolution petitions Congress to call a convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution. The amendment would prevent federal spending from exceeding federal revenues, with the exception of a national emergency.
State legislators continued to hold budget hearings on Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2013 spending plan Wednesday. Most state agencies are dealing with two percent budgets cuts. And that often means doing the same amount of work with less money. The two percent budget cuts Gov. Deal sought for fiscal 2013 come on top of larger spending reductions in previous years.