Senate dumps local projects

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ATLANTA - Local projects and millions of dollars in spending across the state would be cut from midyear budget revisions under a plan passed Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The casualties in the Senate version of the budget include:

- $5 million in design funding for the Medical College of Georgia's proposed new School of Dentistry building, the first step for a project that is expected to cost more than $100 million

- $1.5 million for six community health centers, one to be located in Augusta

- $300,000 for the Golf Hall of Fame Authority

The panel's vote, along with comments by one of the Senate's top Republicans that some of the projects might not get funded in the budget for the coming year, marks the latest step in a budget battle between the House and the Senate.

Senate leaders rebuffed suggestions from the House that politics are behind the removal of the projects from the amendment to the spending plan for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

"Obesity is the No. 1 problem with health care in America; obesity is probably the No. 1 problem with government, also," Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, said at a news conference.

"And the first thing you do with a diet is push back from the table, take a breath and decide whether you can put the food in the refrigerator and eat it as leftovers later or give some of it back to the people that provided it."

The Senate version would put $20 million in the state's reserves and use $181.2 million to pay down debt. It would provide $81 million to save the joint state-federal PeachCare health insurance program for low- and middle-income children and $11 million for disaster relief.

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JimCox
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JimCox 03/29/07 - 05:37 am
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Senators Tarver and Powell

Senators Tarver and Powell really stood tall for Augusta. Word has it that the next critical issue they are taking up is exactly how much water to use to wash the pigeon droppings off the statues on the Capitol grounds. I'm not sure anyone would listen to them on that issue either.

intheknow
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intheknow 03/29/07 - 09:47 am
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That's right. Blame Tarver

That's right. Blame Tarver and Powell not the Republican led Senate.

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 03/29/07 - 12:26 pm
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Has anyone noticed that the

Has anyone noticed that the whole MCG partial relocation fiasco came to light AFTER Sonny was re-elected?? I'm sure that's just a coinsidence, right? I don't think Tarver or Powell have sufficient power to have done anything about any of this. But watch how this thing plays out....Augusta and local politicians have strong objections to tactics so Sonny will make sure funds to this area are redirected whenever possible. They can call it budget cuts all they want to--it's retrobution. This is what you get when you elect Republicans......I'm sorry, but it's true.

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Many Arrows 03/29/07 - 02:33 pm
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The Senate did the right

The Senate did the right thing, lead by Lt. Governor Cagle. They promised to stop supplemental spending except to fund approved programs that ran short on funds or for emergencies.

Taking a meat axe to the supplemental budget, paying down debt, and increasing reserves was the financially responsible thing to do.

It is refreshing to see that at least SOME Republicans honor their commitment to fiscal responsibility. It seems that their house brethren have joined up with the gawdawful DC Republicans in spending with abandon.

Keeping campaign promises.....imagine THAT!

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