From the Capitol . . .

By: Sen. Cecil Staton

ATLANTA (February 20, 2009) – This week was truly a great week for Georgia homeowners. The Georgia State Senate is being forced to make some difficult choices during the course of the 2009 General Assembly. Tough budget cuts will have to be made as we work towards balancing the revenue shortfall. But in doing so I urged my fellow Senators to be mindful of making these decisions without placing an additional burden on our taxpayers. Every person across the state is feeling the effects of our economic recession and the last thing anyone needs is the government taking away more money from families already burdened by this crisis. Continue reading “From the Capitol . . .”

Sen. Johnson Introduces Measure to Re-establish Milton County

ATLANTA (Feb. 23, 2009) – Citing the need for citizens to be able to “touch and smell” their government, Senator Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) joined the battle to recreate Milton County by proposing Senate Resolution 392. In 1931, during the Great depression, the existing Georgia Counties of Milton and Campbell went bankrupt and were merged with Fulton County. Fulton is 529 square miles in area and 70 miles from end to end. Fulton is Georgia’s most populous County. One million people (1 in 10 Georgians) live in the County. Fulton is larger than 8 states. It contains the City of Atlanta and the State Capitol. It is densely populated and heavily taxed.

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Legislature Delivering on Commitment to Work in the Best Interest of Georgians

Sen. Chip Pearson
Sen. Chip Pearson

By Sen. Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (February 20, 2009) – During the past few weeks, one of the main concerns under the gold dome has been the fate of the Homeowner Tax Relief Grants (HTRG). After lawmakers committed to finding the money to fund HTRG for 2009, a bill was successfully passed out of both the Senate and House to deliver on that promise. All that was left was the Governor’s decision. I am pleased to report that Gov. Sonny Perdue announced this week that he will sign House Bill 143, ensuring that homeowners receive the property tax break they were promised this year. I am proud of the cooperative effort by both chambers and the Governor to bring this needed relief to more than 3 million of Georgia’s homeowners.

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Notes from the Senate

00heathheadshotbig4By Sen. Bill Heath

ATLANTA (February 20, 2009) — This year comes as a landmark period of struggle and angst in our most important areas—education and the economy. I am proud to say that this past week I helped create and pass legislation that will aid Georgians in these issues through measures to help homeowners, construct better standards for our local school boards, and create helpful solutions for employment and the specific strength of Georgia’s economy.

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Small Businesses Will Get Share of State Contracts under Legislation Championed by Sen. Pearson

ATLANTA (February 19, 2009) — Legislation authored by Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) to award 10 percent of all state and municipal contracts to small businesses passed out of the Senate Government Oversight Committee and is now headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

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