The Atlanta Journal today reports that Gov. Sonny Perdue is going to provide property tax relief to homeowners. Sounds good, right? Not really. His scheme is use the $460 million in Medicaid stimulus money Georgia’s to get, cut what Georgia would have provided to our most needy citizens, cut $99 million from K-12 education and another $20 million from Georgia’s universities (K-12 and the universities we cut $150 million this year already), and borrow $150 million from Georgia’s reserves to do it. Robbing our children. Robbing our sick. Robbing our potential. Robbing our competitiveness. Make me hope there’s a hell.
That Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC.com) reports that Georgia governor Sonny Perdue has received a last minute bailout from vestiges of the Bush administration’s “Justice” Department. The “Justice” Department launched an investigation of state-run hospitals two years ago after the AJC reported, “at least 136 patients died under suspicious circumstances from 2002 through late 2007.” It is presumed that an anonymous source read the AJC story out loud to Bush Administration officials.
The bailout required Perdue to sign a pledge for Georgia “to undertake its best efforts to find enough money to transform the hospitals,“ according the AJC, but stopped short of Perdue actually admitting that any was wrong with a 136 crazy (or maybe just having a tough time) people dying and many others suffering injury and illness from critical errors, mistreatment, abuse and/or assaults by hospital workers. Anticipating the settlement, Perdue addressed the General Assembly this week seeking no new spending, relying instead on good intentions and increased spending on roads to lead to the pledged dramatic improvement in its state psychiatric hospitals.