House Passes Budget, Casey speaks.

Here’s an email I received from the Lt. Guv:

(Atlanta, GA) – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle released the following statement today regarding House passage of the supplemental appropriations bill:

“I want to commend the House for choosing the responsible course of action and moving the supplemental appropriations bill. This is positive news for the millions of Georgians who are counting on us to fund PeachCare, keep our schools operating, and provide disaster relief to several areas in our state.

“The Senate will have our version of the budget publicly available in less than 24 hours. I look forward to working closely and cooperatively with the House to resolve our different positions on state spending.”

12 comments

  1. Demonbeck says:

    You must have missed the last three words of his speech.

    During the applause, he said, “Free Bull Moose!”

  2. Icarus says:

    Did the “Free Bull Moose” bill make it through one of the houses yesterday, or is it dead for this session?

  3. Demonbeck says:

    Unfortunately, the Bull Moose situation is stuck in the judicial system, not the legislative one.

    Damn activist bloggers!

  4. dingleberry says:

    And hopefully, they’ll uphold the previous ruling that his presence on the front page was unconstitutional under the cruel and unusual punishment clause.

  5. Bull Moose says:

    What’s funny is that this post was about Casey Cagle and the budget and it’s turned into one about freeing me from front page prison.

    Kind of odd…

  6. dingleberry says:

    Bull,

    Give it up. You had your chance. You turned out to be a failure. Quit annoying the rest of us and move on.

  7. Harry says:

    This editorial was forwarded by e-mail from Jaillene E. Hunter, Communications Director,
    Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. Casey Cagle is obviously out to raise the public awareness of our decrepit patronage system. Good on him for it…may he enjoy a long and fruitful career.

    Marietta Daily Journal – Wednesday, March 28, 2007

    We don’t recall any prominent Republican members of the Georgia House of Representatives making campaign promises prior to last year’s elections that if elected, they would govern like the Democrats who had controlled the state Legislature for more than a century. But in at least one important respect, that’s exactly how they’re trying to govern.

    At issue is the state’s $700 million supplemental budget. House Republicans have packed it chock full of pork. But Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, whose duties include presiding over the Republican-led state Senate, has made clear that budget will not pass the Senate in its present form.

    Cagle has explained that he campaigned last year on a pledge to reform the way the supplemental budget is prepared – that is, reverse the age-old practice held over from the Democratic-controlled days of using the supplemental budget as a vehicle to be larded with pork.

    Most of Georgia’s spending is included in its $18.6 billion regular budget submitted by Gov. Sonny Perdue. The mid-year supplemental budget is typically much smaller, consists of surplus funds and originally was used to make adjustments that allowed rapidly growing communities to be able to afford the cost of educating the additional students that came along with the growth. But as the years went by, the supplemental budget gradually morphed into a mother lode of pork spending, with the most powerful lawmakers salting it with spending on everything from high-school band uniforms and ball fields to libraries, museums and halls of fame, like the $300,000 included in this year’s proposed supplemental budget to help fund the Golf Hall of Fame in Augusta.

    That budget also includes $350,000 for a new animal hospital at Zoo Atlanta, $100,000 for a bass fishing tournament on Lake Oconee, $100,000 for an aviation museum at Robins Air Force Base and $150,000 for baseball and softball facilities at Kennesaw State University.

    Cagle has stressed that the projects in question should be funded, if at all, via the regular budget, not the supplemental budget. And he’s right.

    Unfortunately, Gov. Perdue and the Republicans who lead the House have forgotten that rank-and-file Republicans have long complained about how the Democrats had distorted the supplemental budget process during their years of control of the state purse. In fact, Perdue himself campaigned for governor in 2002 pledging to do away completely with the supplemental budget. Instead, it looks like he’s gone native.

    Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson would do well to heed the lesson learned the hard way in Washington in November by President Bush and congressional Republicans. The GOP came to power on Capitol Hill in1994 pledging to bring spending under control. It got off to a good start, but in recent years was spending like drunken sailors – or more accurately, like the Democrats whose places they had taken. The Republicans’ new-found taste for pork proved unquenchable, and Bush’s failure to exercise his veto pen on even one spending bill was inexcusable. The new red-ink Republicans actually made it plausible for the out-of-power Democrats to portray themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility – as unfathomable as that might have seemed just a few years earlier. Yes, dismay over the war in Iraq was the big reason the Republicans were kicked out in November, but their failure to control spending was clearly reason number two.

    So as the current budget standoff in Atlanta comes to a solution, we hope Cagle and the Senate will stand firm and continue to protect the pocketbooks of state taxpayers. And we hope they will teach the governor and the House a lesson – that you can’t promise to govern one way when you’re out of power, then govern the other way once you’re in.

    The House finally passed its version of the supplemental budget on Tuesday and sent it to the Senate, along with a sarcastic note reading, “Urgent attention required.”

    And Lt. Gov. Cagle and the Senate should waste no time protecting the taxpayers by “urgently” deleting the pork from that budget.

  8. Federalist says:

    Why would anyone want “pork” cut out of the budget? Honestly. Sure we complain about the radical proposals (like the Bridge to Nowhere), but I will say that most of the “pork” that gets put into the budget ends up helping the State, and the citizens of the State. Has anybody ever voted against their representative because of the money and jobs the representative brought to the district as consequence to appropriations made for those very pet projects?

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