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'Robins Air Force Base: Middle Georgia's Economic Livelihood'

'Robins Air Force Base: Middle Georgia's Economic Livelihood'

 

By: Sen. Cecil Staton

ATLANTA (April 16, 2012) – If you are a resident of Middle Georgia, then you are probably aware of the encroachment problem surrounding Robins Air Force Base. This is an issue that if not fixed could potentially have a negative impact on one of the state’s largest job producers.

Located in the heart of Middle Georgia, the region’s local economy is largely dependent on the fate of Robins Air Force Base and its ability to maintain and attract future military operations. As most residents of middle Georgians can attest, Robins Air Force Base is a welcome presence in the community and is responsible for pumping billions of dollars into the local economy. 

In response to the growing national debt crisis, the U.S. Department of Defense has already begun implementing significant cuts to the nation’s defense budget and has even mentioned the possibility of another round of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure). Previously, these tough decisions have come at a high cost to local communities that thrive off the business and jobs created as a result of military installations around the country.

As we move forward, it is imperative for state and local officials as well as the residents of Bibb and Houston Counties to unite together behind resolving the ongoing encroachment issues located just north of the base’s runway. If these issues are not resolved expediently, it could have tremendous regional implications for Middle Georgia when heading into the next round of BRAC assessments.

One of the major components in determining a military base’s viability is its ability to carry out military operations and training in a safe and efficient manner. With that in mind, local and state officials are moving to purchase parcels of land surrounding the base’s encroachment zone in an effort to ensure public safety and address concerns over the noise associated with military activity. In addition, the purchase of this land will further secure the base’s national competitiveness and overall viability by opening up land for potential use in future military operations.

Residential areas located close to military installments are at greater risk for potential crashes and may pose a significant threat to public safety. These risks were highlighted recently when an aircraft used in military maneuvers and training crashed into a local apartment complex near a military base in Virginia. Although these incidents are few and far between, we must take pre-emptive steps to prevent the threat of similar incidents happening here and purchase the nearby homes and land that limit the base’s long-term growth.  

Recognizing the need to protect the future viability of Robin’s Air Force Base, Governor Deal and members of the local delegation appropriated approximately $7.5 million to alleviate these encroachment issues. This will also help provide civilians near the base with fair market value on their homes and incentivizes more residents to move out of the base’s encroachment zone.

I have been extremely pleased at the combined effort of both state and local officials as we move forward with this process.  I would also like to commend Major General Robert McMahon for his 34 years of dedicated service to the United States military. Earlier this session, Major General Robert McMahon was recognized with Senate Resolution 1682, recognizing his service to the nation as well as to the residents of Middle Georgia. Major General Robert McMahon has played a critical role in providing outstanding leadership at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and led the efforts to deal with the encroachment issue around Robins Air Force Base.

The bottom line is simple – saving Robins Air Force Base is vital to ensuring the future economic growth and development of Middle Georgia.  We must act now. And your local delegation is taking the lead!

Be Sure to Vote in the Georgia License Plate Contest

Voting reopened today for the Georgia License Plate design contest.

You can vote for one of the eight designs.

Voting ends August 8, 2011 at 3 p.m.

The winning license plate was to be announced Friday, July 15, but there was confusion surrounding the "in God we trust" label on some of the designs.

License Plate Revote Opens Monday

 

ATLANTA (AP) -- The public is again invited to weigh in on Georgia's new license plate design. 

Online voting will reopen at 3 p.m. Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal had planned to announce the winner of an earlier design contest last Friday, but the state scrapped its plans over public confusion on whether the motto "In God We Trust" would be on the plate.

Confusion Delays New License Plate Announcement

 

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has delayed selecting a new Georgia license plate due to confusion over whether the motto "In God We Trust" would be on the winning design. 
Deal had been set to take the wraps off the new Georgia plate at the state Capitol Friday. 
More than 500 design entries were submitted by the public. A panel of Georgia college and university art professors narrowed the selection to eight. An online public vote chose the final three designs. 
But some of the designs presented online contained the motto "In God We Trust" while others did not. 
The motto is actually an optional sticker that may be purchased for an additional dollar at county tag offices. 
Deal said online voting will reopen Monday to choose the winning plate.

Vote on License Plate Designs

The eight semi-finalist license plate designs have been posted for the Governor's contest.

You can now vote on your favorite until July 15.

Vote!

Gov. Launches Design Contest for New Car Tags

 

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that the Department of Revenue will host a contest to design for a new Georgia license plate.

The design contest will begin on Monday, May 23. The deadline is Friday, June 17. 

Individuals are asked to submit original artwork. Any Georgian citizen or business authorized to do business in the state of Georgia is welcome to enter the contest.

The public will be given a chance to choose three semi-finalists through an online vote from June 24-July 8. After the online voting, the three semi-finalists will be presented to Gov. Deal.

He will then announce the winning design on July 15.

See the rules, guidelines, design template and an entry-waiver form for the contest.

 

 

Contest submissions may be sent to:

 

bin Laden photo thoughts?

CBS News just reported that President Obama told their reporter he would not release photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.

"We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Obama told CBS, according to quotes provided by White House press secretary Jay Carney. "We don't need to spike the football."

Obama also said release of the gruesome photos could become "an incitement to additional violence" and be used by jihadists as "a propaganda tool."

"That's not who we are," Obama said.

How do you feel about this? Are we owed this information? Why or why not?