Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle says that while affordable higher education is critical to the success of the state, Georgia cannot fund the education of every deserving college student. Speaking to the Atlanta Press Club on Thursday, Cagle said the HOPE scholarship "was never created to become or be an entitlement program."
Four months after he was stripped of much of his power, popular incumbent Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was looking to reconcile with his Republican colleagues. In a letter to GOP senators dated Thursday, Cagle proposed a return of some of the powers he lost in the weeks after he was overwhelmingly re-elected. The 2011 General Assembly ended this week with no clear path to a solution as both sides remained bitterly opposed — although they both acknowledged the leadership structure would have to change.
The Georgia Legislature kicked off its 2011 session with snow blanketing the Capitol's gold dome. The House and Senate gaveled in at the Capitol Monday morning and are expected to formally elect leaders. The highlight of the day will be the inauguration of Georgia's new governor, Nathan Deal, and the swearing in of the slate of statewide constitutional officers.