Saturday, January 17, 2009

Democrats Critical of Budget Cuts

House Minority Leader Dubose Porter

Leaders of the House Democratic Caucus criticized Republican Governor Sonny Perdue’s proposals for the 2009 and 2010 state budgets.

House Minority Leader Dubose Porter says the lack of priorities in the budget cuts is not a sound way to fix the state’s $2 billion shortfall.

“Parents and teachers are calling for help for our schools, but instead we build boat ramps…" Porter said in reference to the Governor's Go Fish initiative from last year. " In Georgia today, law enforcement is working overtime to keep us safe," Porter continued, " due to across the board cuts our law enforcement officers are stretched almost to the breaking point."

Perdue's budget cut proposal also calls for the elimination of property tax grants to homeowners. Porter calls the move the biggest property tax increase in Georgia history.

-By Carl Zornes

Photo courtesy of Carl Zornes

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