ATLANTA (January 23, 2009) – State Sen. Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend, a popular business and political magazine. Sen. Chapman has also been appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to vice-chairman of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security committee for the 2009 Legislative Session.
ATLANTA (January 23, 2009)- This week legislators from the General Assembly began budget hearings with Governor Sonny Perdue’s address to the House and Senate appropriations committees where he outlined his plan to balance the state’s budget by $2 billion. Georgia is required by law to produce a balanced budget, and we are proactively analyzing state spending to ensure a fiscally responsible, efficient and effective state government. Through the Senate Government Best Value Task Force the senate has been working to be sure the state is still focused on its core functions.
ATLANTA (January 23, 2009)—The first couple of weeks of the 2009 Legislative Session outlined the productive direction we will take for the rest of the year. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, we will be taking on balancing the budget while addressing critical issues that affect all of Georgia’s citizens.
By Sen. Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (January 23, 2009) – This week, as I sat with my Senate and House colleagues through state budget hearings, I was encouraged to see a sense of cooperation emerging. Our state leaders have been advocating such cooperation since the beginning of session, as it is the only way we will solve the serious issues facing our state. I was proud to watch an historic presidential inauguration this week, and can only hope to see a similar spirit of cooperation from our colleagues in Washington. No matter our political party, we must give the new administration our full support. It is in everyone’s best interest to see our new president succeed in making the right choices for our country.
ATLANTA (January 22, 2009) — State budget hearings continued today at the state Capitol as the Senate and House Appropriations Committees heard presentations on Corrections, Transportation, Public Safety, Economic Development and the University system.