Thomaston Times – Senator Staton speaks at local town hall meeting

14
May

Thomaston Times – Senator Staton speaks at local town hall meeting

Senator Cecil Staton of the 18th District held his first town hall meeting in Thomaston last Tuesday night. Upson County became part of the 18th Senatorial District last year following redistricting.

Staton came to town to brief citizens on what went on during the most recent Georgia General Assembly and to answer any questions they might have. Fifteen people turned out for the meeting, including County Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston, Sheriff Dan Kilgore, and Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority (TUIDA) Director Kyle Fletcher.

Staton said the General Assembly spent a great deal of time passing a balanced budget. He said what is happening in Washington with the sequestration cuts is impacting every state, including Georgia.

“The impact on Georgia alone is $28.6 million for primary and secondary education, $17.5 million for teachers and aides who serve children with disabilities, $233 million for Army operations in the state, $1.3 million for nutrition for seniors, and more. It looks like the impact of federal dollars coming back to the state is about five percent for non-defense programs, and eight percent for defense programs.

via Thomaston Times – Senator Staton speaks at local town hall meeting.

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