After cracking down on illegal immigrants, Georgia may eliminate a program meant to help farmers navigate the complicated process for getting visas for migrant laborers.
Gov. Nathan Deal has included $50 million in this year’s state budget for the Savannah harbor deepening project. Port officials told lawmakers Wednesday the port’s strong performance in 2012 reaffirms the need for the project. State officials want to deepen the port so it can accommodate larger ships coming through the Panama Canal.
Georgia judges said the state doesn't invest enough money to make its judicial system operate effectively and efficiently. During budget hearings, Justice Hugh Thompson of the Georgia Supreme Court said courts are struggling to keep up with their dockets. Thompson told lawmakers the state Supreme Court’s case load is up nearly 30 percent and the lower courts are also seeing more cases.
The Georgia Archives would get more than $4.3 million next year in the governor’s proposed budget. But questions remain about whether that would mean more access for the public.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has asked Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank to reduce the amount of money taxpayers would be asked to contribute to a proposed $1 billion stadium. Plans for the new, retractable-roof stadium initially included a $300 million public contribution derived from hotel-motel tax revenues. Deal has asked Blank to lower his request for public funding to $200 million.