Georgia Budget Focuses on Education

Though some are completely oblivious to issues up for debate in Georgia's General Assembly, Julie Spence, a local teacher, is directly affected. She's still touting the governor for fighting for teacher pay raises.

Julie says, "We've been waiting for a long time and I feel teachers really need it and it shows we’re important."

Spence was even happier to learn that spending in the governor's supplemental budget for 2005 was increased with most of the money going to education.

The governor has proposed an entire education package that would give school systems more spending flexibility, reward teachers who raise test scores and offer Internet courses for high school students.

James Drew is also affected by this year's Assembly. He's a local physician and concerned about the state's tort reform. He wants to see a cap on medical malpractice cases.

James says, "There needs to be some sort of limit set on things so you don't have continuous lawsuits that are not fair. It's driven a lot of malpractice carriers to raise rates to the point where physicians are not willing to stay in states."

A bill that would limit jury awards for pain and suffering is up for a vote this session. Lawmakers will tackle those issues and more when session reconvenes next week.