Cagle: Senate Amended Budget Strengthens Local Control of Education Funding

February 21, 2008

(Atlanta, GA) – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of the amended budget:

“I am proud of the fiscally conservative amended budget the Senate passed today. It aligns with our position for a clean amended budget and is an accomplishment that will benefit the citizens of Georgia.  We have agreed to fund critical needs for our state such as trauma care, mental health hospitals, reservoir expansion and water conservation, hazardous waste reduction and wisely saved for a rainy day.

“The Senate’s action today has allowed for nearly $72 million to be set aside to appropriately address austerity cuts and the equalization formula in the full budget which we will consider during this session.

“It is the Senate’s position that local control of education funds is the best course of action.   As opposed to the General Assembly micromanaging and dictating where education dollars must go, our school systems - who understand first-hand the highest priority needs for their teachers and students - should have a clear role in how those funds are spent.  We believe the debate needs to take place in the full and proper context of addressing the equalization formula and austerity cuts.

“We greatly respect the role of the conference committee and look forward to a thoughtful and reasonable debate as we find the best way to allocate these education dollars,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle