Georgia State Senator Calling for Greater Accountability in Federal “TARP to Nowhere” Funds

ATLANTA (January 26, 2009) – A leader in the Georgia State Legislature is speaking out with his disappointment of the Federal government’s lack of accountability and oversight with the release of the second half of the $700 billion in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds. Senator Judson Hill (R-Marietta) is calling on Washington officials to be responsible, accountable and transparent with taxpayer dollars. Continue reading “Georgia State Senator Calling for Greater Accountability in Federal “TARP to Nowhere” Funds”

From The Capitol…

By: Sen. Cecil Staton

ATLANTA (January 23, 2009) – The joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee met this week to oversee the annual budget hearings that started Wednesday at the State Capitol. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee I spent these last three days meeting with fellow legislators and state agency directors from across the state as we begin the challenging process of cutting $2.2 billion dollars from our 2009 budget. Over the course of this legislative session, I and my fellow committee members will be charged with making certainly difficult choices that will affect our community and state as a whole. Continue reading “From The Capitol…”

Notes from the Georgia Senate

by Sen. Bill Hamrick

ATLANTA (January 23, 2009) – The current economic downturn and its effect on the Georgia state budget were the topics that dominated conversation at the Capitol this week. The General Assembly was in recess for Martin Luther King, Jr. day and the presidential inauguration ceremonies, but starting Wednesday, legislators began budget hearings. Gov. Sonny Perdue addressed the House and Senate appropriations committees, outlining his plan to balance the state’s budget to account for a projected $2 billion revenue shortfall. This plan is being considered in House and Senate subcommittees, and must be passed by the House before being voted on in the Senate. Continue reading “Notes from the Georgia Senate”