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02 October 2008

State Lawmakers Start Cutting The Pork...

...And I must say that it couldn't have come a moment sooner.

With reports that the state budget may see a deficit of $2 billion or more [Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Georgia budget misery worsens", October 2, 2008], we've got to tighten our belts a little more.

Cutting the estimated $6 million in pork out of the budget probably is a good start.

[Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson] announced Wednesday that they were suspending payment of local assistance grants until January, and the state budget crisis may eliminate them altogether.

The 2009 state budget has 470 local grants that total nearly $6 million. The money is used to pay for everything from grass and a sprinkler system for a courthouse to materials for a 4-H Club.
[Source: Gainesville Times, "More than $500K in local funds suspended by state", October 2, 2008]

Maybe the legislators should follow the example of the Chattahoochee Hills Country City Council & Mayor; work for free or at the very least, find ways to reduce their per diem allotments accrued by traveling to and from the state capitol during the legislative session.

Every little bit helps you know.