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DOT Readies For Budget Scrutiny

This week state lawmakers will be in budget hearings, the time when state agency heads outline their spending. For the Department of Transportation, it may need to be ready for questions about the recent snow storm that rolled through the Georgia last week.

DOT Winter Funds Almost Exhausted

The cost of snow and ice removal could have implication on the state budget. As state government is looking for cuts it also has to find funding for emergencies.

Budget Cuts Include Civil War Commission

Governor Nathan Deal’s proposed state budget eliminates funding for the Georgia Civil War Commission. The cuts come despite a surge in interest in the war. Tourists worldwide are taking notice of this year’s 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, which had major Georgia events.

Winter Weather Changes Rail Debate

The icy roads are keeping most people in the northern half of state still stuck at home. In Atlanta, the only reliable means of travel has been the intercity rail system MARTA. That has one lawmaker stressing the importance of high-speed rail in the state.

Gov. Deal Outlines State Budget

In his first State of the State Address Governor Nathan Deal outlined his budget priorities. State agencies can expect more cuts while teacher furloughs will be eliminated. Governor Deal wants to freeze 14-thousand positions currently open in state government.

Gov. Deal Set To Give State Of State

Already having spoken to state lawmakers on Monday after his inauguration, Governor Nathan Deal will do it again Wednesday afternoon—this time officially delivering his first State of the State address to the joint General Assembly session.

Georgia’s Criminal Justice System on Governor's Agenda

Republican Governor Nathan Deal began his inaugural speech yesterday talking about reforms to Georgia’s criminal justice system. The prominence of the issue gained some praise from Democrats.

Deal Lays Out Priorities At Inauguration

Nathan Deal became Georgia's 82nd Governor today. In his inaugural speech he vowed to save the HOPE Scholarship for future generations. He also condemned the federal health care law and said Georgians need to be more responsible for their own health.

Lawmakers Open 2011 Session

The snow didn’t deter lawmakers from getting to work today to start the 2011 legislation session. Most lawmakers made it to their seats to be sworn in.

A Conversation With Outgoing Governor Sonny Perdue

In a surprise to many, Sonny Perdue won the governor's office in 2002, becoming the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction--and earning a second term in 2006.