2012-11-22 / Front Page

Wilkes Legislative Breakfast set for Friday, Dec. 7 at Third Shiloh

Members of Wilkes County’s legislative delegation will be in Washington December 7 for the annual Wilkes County Legislative Breakfast to speak on the General Assembly’s challenges in the upcoming year and to answer questions from the public.

Sponsored by the Family Connection and Communities In Schools of Wilkes County and the Washington- Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, the annual Wilkes County Legislative Breakfast is set for 8 a.m. Friday, December 7, at the Third Shiloh Center, 219 McLendon Drive. The buffet breakfast will be $12.

Call the Family Connection and Communities In Schools of Wilkes County office at 706-678-4981 to make reservations.

As in years past, Sen. Bill Jackson, Rep. Mickey Channell, and Rep. Tom McCall are expected to be present, along with city and county officials, and representatives from the offices of Wilkes County’s U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senators. Last year, state legislators said that every challenge they faced in the 2012 session was driven by the continued downturn in revenues caused by the ongoing recession. “These have been tough times,” Rep. Mickey Channell said. “A few years ago, the state budget was up to $23 billion, and now it’s down to $18 billion – that’s down 25 percent. We’ve cut across the board, because when you have declining revenues, you have to raise taxes or cut spending, and your legislators chose to cut spending.”

Last year, the legislators also spoke on the importance of passing the T-SPLOST transportation sales tax, which passed here but was defeated in most of the state. The local impact of that vote is expected to be a topic of conversation at this year’s breakfast.

Marcell Johnson of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, and Dr. Mary Ann Kotras of Communities In Schools of Georgia, will also speak on how their organizations are helping shape the future of Georgia’s children.

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