The 2014 Georgia legislative session kicked off this week and yesterday Governor Deal presented his State of the State Address to the General Assembly. Deal emphasized the progress that our state has made within the last two years, drawing similarities from the snowpocalypse of 2010 when he took office and the deep freeze affecting our state and our nation’s economy at that time. According to the Governor, today, the state of Georgia’s economy is “excellent”.
A few highlights from the address:
- Education was a major focus, with Deal pledging an additional $547 million in K-12 state education spending. The overall education budget will total nearly $8 billion.
- Deal pledged to keep Georgia’s tax burden low, stating “we will not allow ourselves to be coerced” into spending by the federal government (with regards to Medicaid expansion).
- An additional $35 million was also allocated towards the deepening of Savannah’s harbor, which if approved would represent the last portion of Georgia’s $266 million portion of the project. “We have studied and planned long enough. It is time to start moving dirt,” the Governor stated.
- Deal also proudly pointed out that Georgia is one of only 10 states that still maintains a AAA bond rating, “a rating that even the federal government” cannot claim.
To view the full text of the State of the State address visit the Governor’s website.