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Rep. Tom Price: Elected Chairman of House Budget Committee

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From Congressman Tom Price 


Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after being elected to serve as Chairman of the House Budget Committee for the 114th Congress:

“It is an honor to be chosen to serve as the next Chairman of the House Budget Committee. I look forward to working with members of the committee, our House Republican Conference and our colleagues across the aisle to help put our nation on a stronger economic and fiscal footing.

“In years past, the House Budget Committee along with the House of Representatives as a whole have drafted, debated and adopted bold budgets that have staked out a path to greater American prosperity. In the next Congress, we will build upon that success. We will put forward a budget that restores balance to the nation’s books. It will provide a blueprint for how to save and strengthen vital health and retirement programs while ensuring needed resources for those who protect and defend our great nation. Key to accomplishing real results will be to use budgetary processes at our disposal to move meaningful legislation through the House and Senate and to the president’s desk for his consideration. This can and must be done in a transparent manner with consultation and input from members across different committees of jurisdiction and Congress at large.

“Unique to our committee will be a continued commitment to the review and reform of the Congressional budget process. Congress budgets and assesses the fiscal and economic impact of policies using a 40-year old framework in which the default is to spend more, not less. The current Congressional Budget Office rules and analytical limitations lead to unrealistic projections and are vulnerable to manipulation. We need to modernize the budget process so Congress has a more complete and realistic understanding of the impact policies will have on the nation’s fiscal health, the economy and the well-being of families and businesses.Continue Reading..


Lawsuits filed to compel Corps of Engineers to act – The Cherokee Ledger-News: Weekly News

Lawsuits aimed at getting the Army Corps of Engineers to act on decades-old water supply requests for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin have been filed in federal court.

Allatoona Lake and the Etowah River both are part of the river basin.

It’s an ongoing battle to get the Army Corps of Engineers to take action on water supply issues for metro-Atlanta’s growing population, and Georgia leaders allege politics have kept the Corps from definitively addressing the more than 30-year-old issue.

“It is regrettable, but necessary, that we must now ask the court to require the Corps to do its job and make a decision. We need to know how Allatoona Lake will be operated for water supply so we can plan for the future,” Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said. “That’s all we’re asking the Corps to do — put politics aside, make a decision and let the chips fall where they may.”

There are two lawsuits that have been filed: one by the state of Georgia and the other by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA).

via Lawsuits filed to compel Corps of Engineers to act – The Cherokee Ledger-News: Weekly News.


Court jurisdiction on interstate still a hot topic in Woodstock – The Cherokee Ledger-News: Top Stories

Discussions on asking the local delegation to introduce a piece of legislation that would authorize Municipal Court jurisdiction on Interstate 575 are expected to carry on, as Woodstock City Council members continue to debate the issue.

The portion of I-575 the city is seeking Municipal Court jurisdiction over extends from the Cherokee County/Cobb County line to the northernmost city limits of Woodstock. This stretch of highway was annexed into the city in April 2011 following the passage of House Bill 590. The bill, however, came with a stipulation that the State and Superior Courts of Cherokee County, which are located in Canton, were given court jurisdiction over the property.

This restriction, city officials said, consumes taxpayers dollars that cannot be recouped, as Woodstock Police officers must travel to Canton to adjudicate citations written on the interstate — an extra cost of about $24,000 every year.


The resolution currently being considered by the mayor and council asks the Georgia General Assembly to reconsider the Municipal Court restriction, citing that other cities that border I-575, such as Ball Ground, Canton and Holly Springs, have Municipal Court jurisdiction over their annexations on the interstate.

via Court jurisdiction on interstate still a hot topic in Woodstock – The Cherokee Ledger-News: Top Stories.


Cherokee Tribune – Isakson offers confidence temperament for state

It’s official: U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia will run for a third term in 2016.

The east Cobb Republican revealed his plans in a press conference in the rotunda of the state Capitol on Monday, short-circuiting possible speculation that the 69-year-old senator might decide to retire rather than run again.

The early announcement also nips in the bud the possibility he might be challenged in the GOP Primary by a far-right tea party candidate. That “don’t even think about it” message to potential rivals was reinforced by the fact that the senator was flanked by scores of ranking Georgia leaders during his announcement, not the least of whom was Gov. Nathan Deal.

“Throughout all of his career, both political as well as business, Johnny has always displayed the kind of confidence and the temperament that makes all of us as Georgians very proud,” Deal said.

via Cherokee Tribune – Isakson offers confidence temperament for state.


GBI wraps up missing funds investigation involving former Polk coroner, DA to review – : Local

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation turned over a report last week to Tallapoosa Circuit District Attorney Jack Browning involving a late August incident involving missing money at a death scene.

Browning said the GBI brought the results of the investigation to him on Nov. 14 following more than 2 months of work.

He was not yet releasing any details as to what happened in the case, and that it will be under review for the time being by his office.

“The GBI’s investigation is considered complete, and has been turned over to my office. That’s not to say that after reviewing it I might not ask them to do some additional work on the investigation,” he said.

He added that “I will be reviewing it over the next few weeks and then we’ll make a determination from there as to the appropriate action that needs to be taken.”

via GBI wraps up missing funds investigation involving former Polk coroner, DA to review – : Local.


Cherokee Tribune – Local mom continues her fight for medical cannabis

With the issue already on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session, a Holly Springs mom is gearing up for the battle to legalize the only substance that relieves her daughter’s severe seizure disorder — medical cannabis.

Earlier this year, Corey Lowe wasn’t sure if medical cannabis would help her 13-year-old daughter Victoria, who has chronic seizures and cannot speak because of developmental issues.

But after three months of her daughter using the medication in Colorado, where the drug is legal, Lowe is back in Georgia with an even stronger will to get the drug legalized.

“She had 15 seizures on cannabis oil in the summer over three months, verses 15 seizures in a 30-minute period on no cannabis oil,” Lowe said of her daughter’s response to the medical cannabis. “She became more vocal, she spoke for the first time.”

via Cherokee Tribune – Local mom continues her fight for medical cannabis.


Perry raising taxes on blighted properties | Politics |

PERRY — This city likely will have a new tool to fight dilapidated properties.

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt a blight ordinance, which will increase the city’s share of property tax bills sevenfold on properties deemed blighted. Such a tax increase is only possible on properties that meet certain conditions and will not be levied on owner-occupied homes.

The measure still needs review by the city attorney, because council members adopted a significant change, which would send appeals to the mayor and City Council instead of Municipal Court. It wasn’t clear Tuesday whether such a move is permissible under state law. If the city attorney doesn’t think such a measure is legal, the blight tax issue will return to City Council for further work. No council members were opposed to the purpose of the ordinance itself.

Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said the expected change brings the blight ordinance in line with other city codes, which have the mayor and City Council receiving appeals. He said that was probably in the best interests of the city government and the property owners.

via Perry raising taxes on blighted properties | Politics |


Reichert announces tentative plan for baseball park, other development in east Macon | Politics |

A tentative plan to develop the long-unused Bibb Mill site on Coliseum Drive emerged Tuesday in a surprise announcement by Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert.

He unrolled a concept plan for a 5,500-seat minor-league baseball stadium with adjacent restaurants and small hotels, plus a parking deck.

via Reichert announces tentative plan for baseball park, other development in east Macon | Politics |


Macon-Bibb commissioner: Mandated budget cuts would force layoffs | Politics |

Finding some relief from the requirement to cut the Macon-Bibb County budget 20 percent within five years topped the wish list that Macon-Bibb officials gave to their local legislative delegation Tuesday.

Mayor Robert Reichert and commissioners floated several ideas: making the baseline the fiscal 2014 budget rather than the smaller fiscal 2015 budget; making the 20 percent cut a final goal in four years, instead of a mandated 5 percent annually; and reducing the cut to 10 percent or eliminating it entirely.

State legislators appeared open to changing the base year, which would calculate the reduction from the $165.7 million total Macon and Bibb County general fund budgets, rather than the current year’s $159 million budget.

via Macon-Bibb commissioner: Mandated budget cuts would force layoffs | Politics |


Witness in Lovett case: ‘I was paying the policemen to make sure I didn’t go to jail.’ |

Convicted carnival operator Randall Wayne “Red” Roach on Tuesday testified he paid former Savannah-Chatham police chief Willie Lovett to keep him out of jail for his gambling operation.

“I was paying the policemen to make sure I didn’t go to jail,” Roach told a U.S. District Court jury, identifying both Lovett and former Savannah police Sgt. Gregory Capers.

“I always called and told Mr. Lovett we was coming (to town) to keep from going to jail. We would hope to make sure he was there if we needed him.”

Roach, a 54-year-old Ludowici resident, is serving a 15-month federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring with Lovett and others to protect his commercial gambling operation from law enforcement.

via Witness in Lovett case: ‘I was paying the policemen to make sure I didn’t go to jail.’ |