Urban Myths Emanating From Our State Capitol
You’ve heard of urban myths – the stories that get started by some creative soul, then repeated and forwarded around until even reasonable people start to believe them. (A great source for debunking or confirming those urban myths is www.snopes.com). Consider this your Snopes – type report for the GA SR 20 / Colorado TABOR rumor collection making its way around the Georgia Capitol these days.
In the meantime, please call your State Representative and ask them to get SR 20 onto the House floor for a debate and vote. It’s presently being held hostage in the House Ways and Means Committee. Click here for your Rep. and Ways and Means Committee members: http://www.legis.state.ga.us/
4. GA SR 20 would immobilize funds in an emergency.
Action Alert! Please call your State Representative now to support Zero-Based Budgeting!
SB 12, the Zero-Based Budgeting bill, passed the Georgia Senate with a unanimous vote of 52-0 and is awaiting action in the House. It’s been assigned to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee. The members are: Rep. Richard Royal, Rep. Bobby Reese, Rep. Jimmy Pruett, Rep. Amy A. Carter, Rep. Hardie Davis, Rep. Calvin Hill, and Rep. Chuck Martin.
If your Representative is on the Committee, ask them to vote to move it to the House floor for a vote. If your Representative is not on the Committee, ask them to contact the members to get the bill out. Remember to tell them that you are from their district, but always be polite and non-threatening.
This commonsense bill requires that every budgeted entity justify its existence every four years with measurable data, and justify each dollar spent (as opposed to the “How much more do you need this year?” method). No matter who’s in charge of the Governor’s office or the legislature, the process would be the same, so this is an investment in our future. Each agency would be required to submit budget requests at three funding levels and a list of organizational priorities.
To read the bill, please click on http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2007_08/fulltext/sb12.htm.