The Democratic leadership of the Georgia House and Georgia Senate have called for a special session of the legislature to deal with the growing economic crisis in the state.
The Democratic leaders in the two chambers, Sen. Robert Brown of Macon and Rep. DuBose Porter of Dublin, said across-the-board budget cuts were forcing those at the top of the state’s bureaucracies to make illogical decisions.
In a joint press release, Brown and Porter said:
“Perhaps most galling, when our country is fighting two wars, Governor Perdue believes it is acceptable to evict 81 veterans from the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville, for a savings of $2.7 million. Meanwhile, projects such as a $7.3 million horse park expansion at the Agri-Center in Perry and $19 million for the Go-Fish program, both in the Governor’s home county, continue to move forward.
“These people volunteered to serve their country and put their lives on the line for our freedom, but instead we are going to let them go homeless while we make boat ramps and horse shows a priority during a budget crisis. Those are not the values of Georgia’s citizens or Georgia Democrats,” Brown said. “This is no longer just a fiscal issue. This is a moral issue.”
It’s insulting to the people of Georgia for the Republicans who run our state to call for cuts to such core functions as education and veterans support, while at the same time supporting special programs such as the Governor’s go fish money pit.
Our youth deserve better, our veterans deserve better – all Georgians deserve better then what we’re getting from the Republican Party.