At the State Legislative Luncheon at the Country Club yesterday,
sponsored by the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce,
I found it more interesting what the legislators didn’t mention
than what they did.
Frequent attendees told me the audience was much larger
than in previous years, and one attributed that to the recent
school consolidation referendum.
Sitting side by side were Chamber Chair Tom Gooding and
FVCS President Sam Allen.
Jeff Hanson introduced the legislators.
He’s the Chair of the Chamber’s
Government Affairs Council (GAC).
He said they are seeking more participants.
Hm, they have an Energy and Environment Policy Committee that’s chaired
by someone from Georgia Power….
Tim Golden announced that the local delegation’s highest priority
was to get $32 million for a Health Science Center for VSU.
VSU Interim President Dr. Levy was there, as was former president
“Dr. Z” as Tim Golden called him.
I was just talking to someone from SGMC in the food line about
how it would be nice if the Industrial Authority would promote
healthcare industries more.
It’s good that the legislators are doing that,
although it’s not clear that there are not other things
that should be even higher priority.
Tim Golden also wants to remove a sales tax