Fiscal Year 2015 is history with the announcement by Gov. Nathan Deal that revenues finished 6.4% ahead of 2014. The budget had an estimated growth of 3.6% so Georgia’s revenues were over $500 million ahead of expectations. These additional funds go into the “rainy day” reserve fund, which now totals over $1 billion. Prior to the 2009 recession, Georgia had over $1.5 billion in this fund. The ship of state is RISING… so we can strengthen our fund balance to the pre-recession levels.
It was inevitable that some Georgia state reps. would be dismayed by the proposed redistricted map, the first draft of which was unveiled this week. Eight representatives, six Democrats and two Republicans, have been drawn into the same districts. Among those – Democratic Reps. Sam Park and Greg Kennard of Lawrenceville, Reps. Teri Anulewicz and Doug Stoner of Smyrna, and Republican Reps. Beth Camp of Concord and David Knight of Griffin. The maps will be debated and potentially updated during the special session but for incumbent legislators drawn into the same districts the ship is DRIFTING…
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