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7 Crucial Days for Georgia

April 7, 2010

 When the Georgia legislature goes back into session on April 12th,  it will have only 7 legislative days to pass two extraordinarily important state budgets, the one of the rest of 2010 and the one for 2011.  Rep. Calvin Smyre is not happy with Governor Sonny Perdue’s plans.  He puts it this way in his report: 

Rep. Calvin Smyre, Georgia House District 132

The governor’s proposal to cut health care funding is a continuation of the misguided strategies by the current administration and legislative majority in dealing with a state budget deficit that is now estimated at $2.4 billion for FY 2011. Previously, they cut another $281 million in Quality Basic Education funding from the 2010 supplemental budget and just last week ordered the Board of Regents to cut an additional $300 million from the University System budget for next year. Earlier in the session, it was revealed they will eliminate the back-to-school sales tax holiday, an initiative that helps working families and Georgia businesses and, according to studies, has a positive effect on state revenues.

It is most unfortunate that those in control of the budget process are shirking the state’s responsibility to educate our children and damaging our health care system without even considering proposals that would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue – without raising taxes. Several Georgia cities participated in a pilot program for the local collection of sales taxes and showed the state was failing to collect sales tax revenue that consumers were paying but was going unreported.

The state is losing up to $1 billion per year because the Department of Revenue in this administration has been unsuccessful in cracking down on sales tax cheating. Legislation that would authorize local governments to collect sales taxes and help make up for these losses has been stuck in committee since last year because of partisanship by the legislative majority. Meanwhile, the people of Georgia continue to suffer.

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Columbus Democrats Cheer as Obama Wins

November 5, 2008

  This was the scene at Muscogee County Democratic Party headquarters on Macon Road, where hundreds were cheering each time another state went for Barack Obama.

Muscogee County Democrats

Muscogee County Democrats

  They were outdoors.
Muscogee County Democrats

Muscogee County Democrats

  And indoors. 

Muscogee County Democrats

Muscogee County Democrats

  They were happy because Sen. Obama was impressively ahead in electoral votes. 

Muscogee County Democrats

Muscogee County Democrats

  Muscogee County Party Chair Alice Pate said, “This marks the end of 28 years of Reaganomics. It is the end of the Reagan Revolution and the beginning of the Obama Revolution.”

Alice Pate, MCDP Chair

Alice Pate, MCDP Chair

  State Representative Calvin Smyre was enjoying the results, also, especially when he learned that he was ahead of Seth Baker by over 70% of the vote. 

State Rep. Calvin Smyre, Democrat

State Rep. Calvin Smyre, Democrat

  Nobody was happy that Jim Martin was so far  behind Saxby Chambliss in the Georgia U.S. Senate race.

   Over all, though, the mood was high energy celebratory. People were excited and happy.