Senate leaders set up what could be a lengthy fight with the House this morning by producing a mid-year budget that cuts out local projects, funding for the KIA car plant, and some of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s top priorities.
Among the casualties in the $700 million mid-year spending plan produced by the Senate is Perdue’s “Go Fish Georgia” fishing tourism program and his push for $50 million to buy land for conservation.
The Senate version of the budget that runs through June 30 includes $81 million more for the financially ailing PeachCare health insurance program for children of the working poor, and $6.2 million to keep the public defenders system afloat. It has $164 million to pay to educate the extra children who started school in Georgia last fall, $11 million in emergency funding for tornado-damaged Americus, $181 million to pay off debt on money borrowed for construction projects, and about $20 million for reserves.
What it doesn’t contain is tens of millions of dollars for other projects promoted by Perdue and House leaders.
Seriously, it does put this stuff off only till July, but do we really want the mid-year budget used for pork instead of necessary spending?
And I have a question: do we really need to spend $13,000,000.00 to convince people to come fish in Georgia?