Deal seems to understand just how dreary and pessimistic the far right of his own party is — and just how much that pessimism could lead to a division within the Republican party as a whole and hamper is very modest agenda.
Governor Deal is also likely to reject the expansion of Medicaid in the state. That’s a key part of the law, too, but the Supreme Court allowed states to opt out of that. At first, the Medicaid expansion would be 100 percent federally funded, and then funded later at 90 percent (if I have my numbers right). So the state government would have to pay relatively little for the dramatic expansion of insurance to low income Georgians. But if we reject that expansion out of principle, keep in mind that Georgia taxpayers’ federal taxes will at the same time be supporting Medicaid expansion in other states.
I don’t know whether Georgia politicians are feeling the pressure from South Carolina’s growing resolve regarding funding or whether there are simply growing concerns about the federal funding process, but yesterday’s press conference with Governor Deal could be the first step in asking state taxpayers to fund the entire $652 million dredging of the Savannah River.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal yesterday signed a bill to require “welfare” recipients to pass drug tests before receiving benefits. I put “welfare” in quotes because few people seem to know what that even is. We’re talking about the federal program…
If you scroll through my recent posts, you can see links to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 3-part series about the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP), a $650 million dredging that would make the Savannah River deeper to accommodate larger ships after the Panama Canal widening is complete.
Despite myriad doubts raised in that 3-part series about the economic benefits, the Savannah River’s depth after dredging, and the environmental impacts […]
Click here for part one, which talks about uncertainties regarding global shipping generally and Savannah specifically.
Regular readers of this blog and my columns already know the basic terrain of the issues laid out clearly in Corps of Engineers’ analyses: