The $40,000-a-day headache

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It looks as if Gov. Sonny Perdue has a chance to save the state some money, save the GOP some headaches, save the world and get home in time for dinner - all by avoiding a special session of the legislature.

Without the governor's help, a special session must be called to resolve the issue of the mid-year budget - which the General Assembly passed but the governor vetoed.

The mid-year budget allows the moving around of money to pay for emergencies and other unanticipated or unallocated-for spending.

The House overrode the governor's veto, but the Senate did not, leaving the matter in limbo as lawmakers left Atlanta at the end of the regular session last month.

Ever since, officials have been trying to work something out in advance of a special session: None of the principals wants to call it without knowing where it might go, what it might lead to. And why call a costly special session if nothing has changed?

House Majority Whip Barry Fleming is among a group trying to avoid the $40,000-a-day headache. He and several others have been working on ways to do what needs to be done spending-wise before the new fiscal year starts July 1 - as long as the governor is willing to void his veto.

The thinking is that since the governor has never officially transmitted his veto of the mid-year budget to the General Assembly, he can just take it back and undo it.

In the process, he theoretically can extract some promises from the legislature, particularly the House, to handle mid-year budgets differently in the future. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a conservative true believer who'd like to see less spending, is acutely interested in changing the nature of the mid-year budgeting process to avoid as much unnecessary spending as possible.

Things got heated in the regular session, especially between the House and governor. But Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson were said to have had a cordial, productive meeting on Monday, and the governor might make his decision known today.

We believe there's a way to avoid a costly and potentially divisive special session - about a budget that's going to run its course in little over a month. And that everyone can save face in the process.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/08/07 - 06:13 am
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It's part of the job for the

It's part of the job for the Governor and congressmen to find common ground to keep the government running as smoothly as possible while doing as little harm as possible. There should be no place for egos.

TrulyBlessed
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TrulyBlessed 05/08/07 - 09:22 am
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The need for a special

The need for a special session could have been avoided altogether if the Gov. had stayed in town and communicated with the legislators during the regular session.

charles yonce
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charles yonce 05/08/07 - 10:08 am
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there is no need for a

there is no need for a special session unless you encounter an emergency.these legislators play these games every session.they wait until the last minute,and leave bills everywhere.they all have individual professions,would they run their business like this? of course not.don't pay them again for what they failed to do,if they know they won't get paid,they won't leave any unfinished business.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 05/08/07 - 01:03 pm
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Can anyone else smell the

Can anyone else smell the pork on the barbeque?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/08/07 - 02:50 pm
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I see Perdue decided not to

I see Perdue decided not to call a special session after all. I guess he read my post.

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