Gov. Purdue Kicks Off Statewide Bus Tour in Valdosta

Perdue is using the tour to speak to folks about the recent meeting of the General Assembly.

During his first stop on his 20-city tour, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue didn't waste any time criticizing the General Assembly for falling short of a balanced budget by some $90 million.

"And they said, 'Why don't you just fix it Governor?' Well, I did that last year, but I put them on notice earlier this year that we were requesting an honest, balanced budget for the year, and it did not happen, so they're going to come back with a special session, to fund that budget that they passed," said Gov. Sonny Perdue, (R) Georgia.

During his speech here at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center, Gov. Perdue also took time to blast House democrats for failing to pass a measure which would have allowed the state to fund faith based groups that provide much needed services to people around the Peach State.

"It's about meeting the needs of our citizens in a way, through the best providers. Those folks already have the infrastructure, they've got the administration, the volunteers and they have a heart of compassion to do what we need done," says Gov. Perdue.

Before he rolled out of Valdosta, the governor did say he was proud the General Assembly passed some important measures like providing more protection for children and saving the HOPE Scholarship.

Perdue did not say when the special session of the General Assembly would take place, but many are predicting early next month.