Sound Off

Controlling both houses of the General Assembly and the Governor’s Mansion means the Republicans are going to be on the defense next year. They’ll be wanting to hold seats, but also see if they can pick up a few. There are some prospective loses in the Georgia Senate and House, but there are also some solid potential gains (at least two in the Senate). The best way to play defense, though cliched, is often to play offense. With that, I think the GOP needs to gets its head around a solid “reform” agenda that would reverberate well between suburban Atlanta and rural South Georgia. With that in mind, what issues do you think the GOP should unite around.

I go for the following:

Taxes. Transition Georgia into a state more dependent on sales tax than income tax.

Education. Expand and empower local charter schools and school choice initiatives.

Technlogy. Aggressive work to expand the availability of high technology in the state to attract businesses and investment.

Efficiency. Work towards a more efficient, smaller state government.

Government Location Diversity. Ensure that the government will spread government offices outside Atlanta to save on rent, lower costs, and expand access to government agencies by all Georgians.

Emminent Domain: Public Purpose will not be a public use.

What else? Tell us in the comments.


  1. Chris says:

    Do something about the traffic. Lexis lanes, expand marta, whatever. It should not take over an hour to travel 20 miles. You want to promote family values? Get parents home at a reasonable hour in a relaxed state so they can be more involved in their children’s lives. I’m not a big proponent of using the tax code to promote/discourage certian types of behavior, but tax credits to business to allow telecommuting might help.

  2. Maverick says:

    Erick, I absolutely agree with you. First, Eminent Domain should be defined narrowly, and the scope of it should be limited. Secondly, I believe every effort should be made in the respective sectors of our lives to integrate technology in such ways to to make life more efficient. Telecommuting, teleconferencing, electronic schools, etc. Focus on the development of innovative educational technology and concepts such as charter schools. Change the health insurance laws, lower the number of mandates, and get health insurance to the hundreds of thousands of Georgians that cannot afford it. Agree with Chris…do something about traffic. NOT hijacking emergency lanes. Toughen up laws that deal with sexual predators. Fight the meth labs in Northwest Georgia…these are the items we should be focusing on, and when we’re in session at least, seems to halfway be the focus…

  3. Bill Simon says:

    It should be inherently obvious to everyone that had The Ten Commandments been posted in the courthouses of America, there would be no sexual predators, right?

  4. Bill Simon says:

    What does this mean: “Government Location Diversity. Ensure that the government will spread government offices outside Atlanta to save on rent, lower costs, and expand access to government agencies by all Georgians.”

    Why would spreading government facilities outside of Atlanta save on rent and lower the costs? If you have a government building built and owned by state government now, what would be the purpose of moving people out of that building and down to another building where they probably have to lease space?

    I’d be interested in seeing how much money has actually been saved by Cathy Cox moving the professional licensing department down to Macon.

    Sonny demanded that the Ethics Commission vacate it’s comfy Douglasville digs to set-up office inside the Capitol building complex to SAVE taxpayer money. I don’t see how spreading government around the state helps save money.

  5. Chris says:

    I recall here in Gwinnett they gave all the teachers new laptops. Yet most of them sit locked in desk drawers because the administration provides no remote access to the school network.
    Technology is a tool for solving problems, not a solution in and of itself.

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