Senator Bulloch Addresses Local Residents

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Addressing a room full of eager listeners at the Thomasville Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, District 11 Senator John Bulloch discussed this year's 2008 Legislative Session.

Bulloch says despite much criticism for Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson's GREAT Tax plan failing, this year's legislative session was still very productive.

"That was something that everybody had just expected something to be done and no that didn't pass but we did pass a lot of good legislation a lot of good legislation," said Senator John Bulloch.

Bulloch says one example is a bill that creates some of the harshest penalties for dog fighting in the country.

"It's about time. We've lagged way behind for so long and we've had things in our very own county where people get off with a slap on their hands," said Thomas County Humane Society Director Carol Jones.

Bulloch also says education has been one of the state's top priorities. Education will receive the biggest slice of the funding pie in 2009, gobbling up 12 of the 21 billion dollar budget.

"Seeing 50 percent of the budget in education was very encouraging, it's a high amount or percentage going to education which I think is a very good thing," said International Seminary and Trainingcenter of Leadership President David Parish.

Health care will receive the next highest percentage of the budget at more than $2.5 billion dollars.

But statewide trauma networks won't be getting the amount of funding that many were hoping for.

"I think it needs to be addressed next year because the rural areas, we may not have as many people as the other areas but we do have people who need to be approached and helped," said Nancy Tillinghast of the Thomas County Public Library.

Those in attendance at Thursday's meeting with Bulloch say overall state leaders did the best they could with the money they were allotted.

Governor Perdue reduced the 2009 Fiscal Budget for the state of Georgia by $ 245million dollars. The budgets now stands at $21.18-billion dollars.