January 11, 2006
from the Governor's Office
ATLANTA – With a growing economy and improving state revenues, Governor Sonny Perdue today delivered his annual State of the State Address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly. The Governor formally submitted his Amended FY06 and FY07 budget recommendations, which are focused on educating
“Today, I’m happy to say that our progress has continued over the last twelve months. Our job growth has surged. Our communities get stronger each day,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “We’re putting the dark clouds behind us. And we have many more sunny days ahead.”
Education, Education, Education
Fiscal Year 2007 will see an increase in revenue of $1.24 billion over Fiscal Year 2006, and today Governor Perdue committed 72 percent of this increase to education. His education budget is centered around where learning takes place – the classroom.
“My education budget has a strong classroom focus because the classroom is where learning happens,” said Governor Perdue. “It is only common sense that we should spend our education dollars where they can do the most good and have the biggest direct impact on student achievement.”
The Governor reiterated his plans for education, including:
Governor Perdue also discussed two new proposals for education during the State of the State Address – a gift card for teachers to purchase classroom supplies and a plan to recruit high performance principles.
Teachers often make purchases for their classroom out of their own pocket, using their own hard-earned money to better the learning environment for their students. Governor Perdue’s budget includes $10 million to provide every
The Governor’s budget includes $3 million to recruit high performance principles to serve in
Child Care Assistance for Working Families
Governor Perdue believes that helping working parents afford child care is a practical step that state government should take to help create conditions for economic prosperity. The Georgia Child Care Tax Credit will help families with the cost of child care, and will serve in addition to the existing federal tax credit.
“For many parents, improving life for their children isn’t just about hopes and dreams for the future, it’s also a question of economic survival in the here and now,” said Governor Perdue. “For today’s families, child care is a critical need. That is why I am proposing we enact a Georgia Child Care Tax Credit.”
The state credit will start at 10 percent of the federal credit in 2006 tax year and grow to 30 percent in the 2008 tax year. It will return $50 million to working parents to assist with the cost of child care.
Creating Jobs and Opportunities for Georgians
Governor Perdue’s budget includes long-term investments to keep
“In the 21st century global economy we have only two options.
The Governor’s budget priorities for economic development include:
Governor Perdue also announced a Broadband Initiative to ensure that every
“With these, and the many other investments included in my budget, we will continue
Safe Communities for Georgia Citizens
Keeping in line with one of the major themes of the Governor’s administration, a safe
The Governor’s budget includes $45 million to add more than 4,300 beds to the state prison system to reduce the jail backlog burden on county jails and $1 million to target and investigate meth-related crimes statewide.
“We will not allow the scourge of meth abuse to run unchecked.
$2 Billion Dollars in Tax Relief
The state of
“Whenever government takes more than it needs of your money we have a responsibility to give it back. And that is exactly what my budget does,” said Governor Perdue.
The tax relief provided includes:
Guaranteed Jobs for Returning Members of Georgia’s 48th Brigade
Governor Perdue concluded his State of the State Address by encouraging the legislature and
“This is the year the 48th comes home. And the least we can do as we welcome them back is ensure that every returning service member finds a job waiting for them in Georgia,” said Governor Perdue. “As their Governor and commander-in-chief, I have made a solemn pledge to our Guard members that this will be true.
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