Statement from Sen. Mitch Seabaugh on Board of Regents’ Tuition Fee

“I am disappointed that the Board of Regents has decided to impose additional cost burdens on
students as a way to balance their budget. They should take responsibility and instead look diligently at their own non-essential spending.

Georgia families are struggling to make ends meet and the Board of Regents should not protect their status quo by balancing their budgets on struggling students’ and parents’ pocket books.

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Senate Discusses Budgets and Programs of Education

ATLANTA (December 2, 2008) – Senate Appropriations subcommittee meetings resumed today at the Capitol with the Education subcommittee and the Best Value in Government Task Force joint workshop. The subcommittee discussed agency reports, efficiencies, and cost savings for the Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Senators Dan Moody (R-Johns Creek) and Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) co-chaired the meeting.

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Senate Discusses Budgets and Programs of Higher Education

ATLANTA (December 1, 2008) – Senate Appropriations subcommittee meetings continued today with the Higher Education subcommittee and the Best Value in Government Task Force joining for a workshop at the Capitol. The subcommittee discussed agency reports, efficiencies, and cost savings for the Board of Regents and Technical College System of Georgia. Senators John Wiles (R-Marietta) and Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) co-chaired the meeting.

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Unleash America from Foreign Oil

by Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah)

Sen. Eric Johnson

Sen. Eric Johnson

Since the election, the country has focused on how to recover from the current economic situation. However, I believe that one of the greatest challenges President – Elect Obama will face is the problem of our dependence on foreign oil which was one of the contributors to the recession. While gas prices have dropped recently, we still remember $4+ gasoline. We cannot forget that energy fuels the economy and most of this energy comes from foreign nations that loathe America’s values of freedom and democracy.

During the election, you may have seen commercials featuring T. Boone Pickens, the Texas billionaire who made all of his money on oil and gas. Pickens has put his money where his mouth is, and called on the next Congress to enact a plan for domestic energy independence within the first 100 days of the new Congress.

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Senate Bankruptcy Homestead Exemption Study Committee Discuss Key Issues, Possible Reform

ATLANTA (November 25, 2008) – State Senator Ed Tarver (D-Augusta) called to order the Senate Exemptions for the Purpose of Bankruptcy Study Committee’s first meeting today at the Capitol. Banking and legal representatives spoke to the committee describing their view on the current homestead exemption policy in Georgia and whether the state statue needs to be revised.

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