Local assistance grants are being pulled from the Open Door Home for abused children; Southeast Elementary School’s sensory room for disabled kids; Berry College trails; and the Bartow County 4H Club.
Sen. Smith worked hard to secure the funding but is now one of the few legislators heeding Perdue’s call to cut special earmarks for individual community projects.
“It was a really tough decision but I think it’s important to send a message,” he said.
State Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, is asking to keep her earmarks for the river education center and handicap-accessible treehouse at Ridge Ferry Park.
“Romans send their tax dollars to Atlanta, so state dollars are their dollars, too,” she said. “My job is to get them sent back when Rome has a legitimate need.”
Kudos to Senator Smith for pulling his pork requests. But given we are going to have to furlough or RIF GBI investigators, graduation coaches and prison guards, does Rome really need a handicap-accessible treehouse this year Rep. Dempsey?