Recently I’ve heard from a number of grassroots Republicans about what a horrible, terrible job Georgia Republicans have done since winning the Governor’s Mansion and gaining majorities in the Legislature. The unrest has boiled to the point that a person told me about a plan by a GOP District Chairman to give the Governor a list of “instructions.” “Surely you mean this person has a list of ‘suggestions’ for the Governor” I asked. “No, ‘instructions’” was the reply.
Setting aside the arrogance of this District Chairman, I think it’s high time for the GOP to trumpet what’s been accomplished and what plans are in the works. To that end, let me bring to your attention this article by Kelly McCutchen of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Here are the highlights:
First, the House Taxpayer Bill of Rights Study Committee met on Oct. 11 to consider whether Georgia should adopt a limit on state and local government spending. As the concept is applied in Colorado, spending growth is limited to the previous year’s spending adjusted for population and inflation. Tax revenues above this limit are automatically rebated to the taxpayers unless citizens approve a plan for spending the excess.
For more on this, read my earlier post.
Wireless technology is not only revolutionizing Internet access, but could soon provide affordable access to rural areas. A new technology called Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, is revolutionizing the voice communication market. Even newer is Video over Internet Protocol, which will provide similar competition to traditional television broadcasters, cable providers and satellite services.
These increasing competitive options make the timing excellent for the Senate Emerging Communication Technologies Study Committee, which met to consider the ongoing role of the Georgia Public Service Commission (over and above regulation by the Federal Communications Commission). If the committee continues as its initial leaning indicates – toward a free market position – the results will be positive for consumers.
The third meeting, of the Senate Eminent Domain and Economic Development Study Committee, highlighted the greatest potential threat to freedom in our state – eminent domain abuse.
Three good things going on right now – under Republican leadership.