1/8: Ga. legislative session: Sit down and get to work

The AJC Editorial Board

The next 40 legislative days demand bold, broad thinking — about job creation, transportation, education and the tax code — to improve this state in times still best described as troubled.

Lawmakers filing into the Gold Dome on Monday will find before them once again a heavy punch list of important matters needing resolution.

Doing that well requires casting forth a forward-thinking vision for Georgia — and acting quickly on it. The opposite of that earnest work would be more of the half-hearted punting and gamesmanship designed to appease restive voters, not solve our biggest problems.

Let’s get beyond that in this bellwether year for Georgia and its capital city. We need bold, broad thinking as we endure a still-sluggish economy that’s long overdue for repair, rebuilding and rebirth.  Read our view on the session and two others:

Alan Essig, executive director, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, defines five categories that cry out for reform.

Kelly McCutchen, president of  Georgia Public Policy Foundation suggests venturing into new territory.

What do you think?

7 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

January 9th, 2012
8:04 am

Please explain to me why a “In God We Trust” “bumper sticker” can now be placed on a tag w/o the owners county of residence. Remember back when there was a fight over the county designation being shown; it was for security reasons. The police wanted it to assist them. If a person wants an IGWT sticker, or one that says “In Dog We Trust”, or anything else, they can place it on their car elewhere. Also, if they ignore this, will a “In Allah we trust” or others referencing other religions be available?

Address ethics; largest gift/lunch $20; no travel period. No tickets.

no abortion or guns bills until ALL the other work is COMPLETED. That in effect should limit the wasted time.

double

January 8th, 2012
6:14 pm

NH they should not be involved in the farming.Should be private.Would have thought they had latest machinery.Amen D in Athens.
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Halftrack

January 8th, 2012
5:00 pm

It’s that time of the year; when no man, woman, or child is safe while the Legislature is in session. Also, remember: this is an election year and who has the intestinal fortitude to bring any substantive or radical changes to the table for the good of the citizens? It is gonna be all about votes. Reminds me of a citizen calling the County Commissioner about potholes in the road by his house. He wanted to know how deep the holes were. He replied that at the moment they were 40 votes deep.

nelsonhoward

January 8th, 2012
8:10 am

Now, I have the solution to pay for all of the aforementioned.
#1 Legalized gambling, Casinos with the full venue of slot machines, poker, craps and all that stuff.
River boat gambling, those old fashioned boats like they had in “Show Boat”.
#2 Now with Sund ay sales of “booze” the liquor revenue will go up.
Money will be coming in by the truck load.
Now get busy.

nelsonhoward

January 8th, 2012
7:40 am

Georgia needs a new deep water port for Savannah. That should be priority #1. One that can acommodate the super tankers. It would have billions in imports coming in and going out and revitalize the whole state.
#2 a new state of the art education system. It is generally considered that Finland has the finest education system from kindergarten to PHD in the world. Send a delegation to Finland to study their ways and means.
#3 a state of the art[futuristic] airport for Atlanta. The FAA will pay 90%. brand new right in the middle of Georgia. That will fit nicely with the new deep water port in Savannah.
#4 Change the farming methods so they are not as labor intensive, more automation.

DeborahinAthens

January 7th, 2012
7:20 am

Bold thinking requires a brain–something that none of the Right-wing, bible thumping, gun toting reps in Atlanta possess. I guarantee the first items of “pressing” business will be social/religious crap. When these bozos adjourn, nothing of substance will be accomplished. Besides that, they are so stupid, the bills trying to regulate our lives will all be tossed out because they don’t know anything about the Constitution and the law. They couldn’t write a law that stands up in court if their lives depended on it. The one big drawback of a democratic republic is that you get the representation you deserve

GA = morons

January 6th, 2012
8:39 pm

I’m sure they will waste more time on if we should require “In God We Trust” on our ugly new license plates and whether we should vote on if in vitro fertilization and miscarriages should be criminal offenses (you know, like what Mississippi tried to do)… I can’t stand these idiot people in office and I can’t stand the morons in this state who vote them in even more…