The state sold $1.28 billion in bonds last week, fulfilling the commitment of the governor and the General Assembly to the major capital needs facing the state including, k-12 education, transportation, Board of Regents institutions, technical colleges, the state's natural resources and funds to continue protecting Georgia's citizens.
Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.
Monday, June 15: I'm very fortunate to be able to return home from Washington on most weekends but traveling can certainly be challenging at times. Today we sat on the runway in Savannah for almost an hour before finally being cleared to take off as we were told that air traffic in the Washington airport was backed up.
With 3.1 percent growth in May, Georgia's state revenues are building toward the end in June of an outstanding year in fiscal year 2015, a year where the state appears poised to lead the Southeast in revenue growth.
In case you missed it, this week I joined a bipartisan majority in the House to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to assert Congress' role in and bring transparency and accountability to international trade negotiations.
As a state with boundless natural resources, Georgia leaders work to protect those resources with legislation, to promote hunting and fishing and to fund various water initiatives, preserve natural resource areas and wildlife area preservation. This week, we look at legislation passed in the 2015 session and the fiscal year 2016 budget for Natural Resource areas.
Last week, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held several hearings to examisne the unacceptable backlog of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and the lack of transparency from the Obama Administration. FOIA was signed into law in 1966 and allows the public to request records from any federal agency covered by FOIA. Last year, 100 agencies were subjected to FOIA and anyone has the ability to file a FOIA request by submitting a letter to the agency.