Closing out the biennial pre-session meeting of state lawmakers in Athens, Gov. Nathan Deal laid out the not-so-pretty picture for state finances. From Walter C. Jones at Morris News Service:
In years past, governors have used their luncheon speech to outline ambitious agendas.
Deal, though, used the occasion to dampen expectations.
“I must tell you it is a rather daunting budget this year. We have some challenges,” he said.
The looming federal budget cuts would offer another blow to Georgia’s budget-writers, and there is little sign of progress toward altering or averting them in any way. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner apparently traded offers Tuesday that did little to move the ball.
The Wall Street Journal reports that there is one new aspect to the closed-door negotiations: Corporate tax reform.
The key excerpt from the dead tree version of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s announcement that he backs gay marriage:
Reed is running for re-election next