Leaders lay out priorities for 2011 during breakfast

ATLANTA --- Gov. Nathan Deal, House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov Casey Cagle elaborated on their priorities for the 2011 legislative session during the annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast on Tuesday, held by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Deal underscored the state's commitment to economic growth and announced a plan that included creating a "competitiveness initiative," five statewide education advisory councils and a water supply development program.

He said education is key to Georgia's future and is a priority in this year's budget, especially the state's troubled HOPE Scholarship.

"We have to make sure we keep HOPE alive and well and functioning in the future," he said. "We cannot allow it to be significantly diminished."

The education advisory councils will have 13 members each, consisting of parents, teachers, principals, local school superintendents and local school board members.

Lawmakers will also concentrate on getting ahead of the 2012 deadline set by a federal judge to address the tri-state water crisis. Deal signed an executive order Tuesday directing the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to develop and launch the Georgia Water Supply Development Program, which will help local governments develop new sources of water supply.

He said he is negotiating with the new governors of Florida and Alabama to resolve the gridlock.

"It's important for the state of Georgia to show good faith," Deal said. "We cannot wait on Washington."

The Georgia Competitiveness Initiative is aimed at strategies for regional, national and global ideas and will partner public officials with the business community.

Ralston and Cagle also weighed in on major challenges facing the state, including immigration reform.

Both men said a lack of action on the federal level on immigration reform has forced states to resolve the issue, but that it should not be a burden to employers.

"I believe the rule of law is important, but over-regulation on businesses would just not be right and we're not going to see it happen this session," Cagle said.

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Brittanicus 01/26/11 - 02:27 am
My attitude on illegal

My attitude on illegal immigration doesn't really matter as a blogger, however my deep rooted investigation of the truth does? There are hundreds of authentic reports on the Internet with a reality view of Congressional spending that includes States. Politicians like Sen. Harry Reid are the main cause of this nation’s demise through catering to the occupation of foreign intruders and stifling the use of a mandatory E-Verify employee verification program. These reports and articles come from not only Liberal sources, but the commercial and government archives. The American people complain all the time about the porous border, the Dream Act, Amnesty, Sanctuary cities and the mass emergence that are straining our welfare system for the instant citizenship of babies of illegal parents. Sanctuary states like California are truly in a terrible way, because the Sacramento Lib-Democrats have done nothing to stop welfare fraud and financial support of illegal immigrants.

In the past two years, as unemployment remained near 10 percent, more than 1 million immigrants, of whom 35 percent were undocumented or illegal, have gotten work in this country. The story is that in the past two years, U.S. business owners have chosen to go for discount immigrant help, while the economy as a hole has shed millions of jobs for U.S. workers. California has a 26 billion dollar drain in this once flourishing state, caused by the malfunction of ICE and homeland Security to remove the infestation of illegal families. The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that the cost of illegal immigration to the states stands at about $113 billion, with nearly half that amount going to education costs. It’s easily explained as one illegal worker slips past the border patrol, rents a home and then the whole family comes over the border. Then there is the problem with entry via a tourist or student visa, but with no intentions to return to their nation of birth.

The main culprits in entitlement programs are education for infants through k-12, the birthright citizenship law of the 14th amendment, the free hospital emergency room that has become a visit for sore throats and common flue. These subsidizing public services are by no means the limit to pandering to the illegal immigration invasion. Another massive disbursement is the criminal sewer rats, which also have made their way from our Southern border and even European countries. Last month, the Los Angeles County supervisor , Michael Antonovich, , released new statistics showing welfare costs for the children of illegal immigrants cost the county $600 million last year, up from $570 million in 2009, as reported by Fox News. Going beyond the cost of food stamps and welfare-style benefits through the state program CalWORKS to include the expenses of public safety and health care, the total cost for illegal immigrants to Los Angeles taxpayers for 2010 was more than $1.6 billion, not including education costs. Last week, the California Department of Education released data demonstrating that for the first time Latinos now make up the majority of California's public school students, cracking the 50 percent barrier for the first time in state history, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Illegal aliens are reducing the retirement payments, pensions to our old folk. At http://www.rense.com/general79/seniors.htm According to the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 10 Number 1 spring 2005 (the report on Illegal Aliens and American medicine) http://www.jpands.org/vol10no1/cosman.pdf defines the issue as a monolithic non-reimbursement concern of hurting hospitals across the United States. Illegal aliens are costing more than the prior Iraqi war as seen here, http://www.rense.com/general80/mroe.htm There reports are just the tip of the iceberg. Removing illegal immigrants from America that we are feeding, housing and giving free hospital access, would go a very long way in saving bankruptcies in state treasuries and the federal failure of placing American taxpayers before nationals of other corrupt countries. Call your Senator or politician about illegal Immigration, and Amnesty at Washington switchboard to be connected at 202-224-3121.

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