Kirk fighting for state budget to fund 2 South GA projects
State lawmakers are working on approving of a final 2018 budget.
The Georgia Constitution requires the General Assembly to approve a budget.
The issue right now is that both the house and the senate are standing pretty firm on the lines they want to see in that recording-setting $25 billion budget.
As a result, leaders have set up a conference committee, made up of three members from each chamber, to try to come to an agreement that both sides can agree on.
District 13 Senator Greg Kirk is trying to get two projects funded through the budget.
The first item would be a $1.6 million renovations to the Carlton Library and the building of a new fine arts building at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
“Any time you’re adding a space on a campus, that’s more opportunities for students [and] that’s more opportunities for professors for further education,” said Kirk.
The other item would be a $2 million bond investment in upgrades to the Heart of Georgia railroad from Americus to Rhine in Dodge County.
Kirk says this will make trains faster and more efficient, allowing crews to make deliveries in the same day.
He also said these projects will only further the growth and development of the district.