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Ga. Analyst: Lawmakers Missed Opportunities In 2015 Session

The recently concluded 2015 legislative session addressed transportation and failing public schools, but missed other important issues like health care and tax reform.
The recently concluded 2015 legislative session addressed transportation and failing public schools, but missed other important issues like health care and tax reform.
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Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen discusses the 2015 General Assembly with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on “A Closer Look.”

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a $21.8 billion state budget soon. The fiscal plan includes tax breaks and spending that lawmakers inserted in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session.

During the session as a whole, legislators addressed transportation funding and school issues, but the president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation,  Kelly McCutchen, said on the organization’s website “several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.”

McCutchen, who describes the foundation as a fiscally conservative, non-partisan research institute, told Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer during an interview on “A Closer Look” that slipping in last minute spending measures during the legislative session is not a good way to do business.

“We need more transparency,” he said.

To hear McCutchen’s analysis of the just-concluded General Assembly session listen to his entire interview on “A Closer Look.”