Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Senator Chance Appointed to the Commission on Regional Planning

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has been appointed to serve on the Commission on Regional Planning. The newly formed Commission will play a significant role in cementing the partnership between state government and regional commissions and in strengthening regional planning and cooperation statewide. As Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Senator Chance will play a pivotal role on the Commission.

“I am truly honored by this appointment by Lieutenant Governor Cagle,” said Sen. Chance. “Regional planning is a vital aspect of economic development. As a small business owner and a State Senator, working with state and local leaders, I understand the importance of strong regional planning and the impact it has on the lives of millions of Georgians.”

The Commission on Regional Planning, chaired by Governor Deal, was created during the 2010 Legislative Session with the intent of coordinating state contract terms, identifying appropriate state and federal funding for commissions in the pursuit of shared service delivery goals, coordinating planning of state and federal resource allocation and state service delivery, and identifying issues and opportunities requiring state, regional, or local action.
Senator Ronnie Chance was first elected in 2004 and currently serves as Administration Floor Leader for Governor Nathan Deal and as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee. He is also a member of the Banking, Ethics, Finance, Higher Education and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committees. He was voted “2009 Legislator of the Year” by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and named “2009 Champion of Economic Development” by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 he was named Legislator of the Year by the Southeastern Legal Foundation.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Senator Chance Co-Sponsors “Taxpayer Protection Act”

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has Co-Sponsored Senate Resolution 20 - “Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011.” The proposed Constitutional Amendment would limit how many tax dollars the state of Georgia can spend in any given year.

“This measure will guarantee that Georgia never over steps its bounds when spending the taxpayer’s money. The Taxpayer Protection Act is the responsible thing to do. This legislation will protect the taxpayers and force legislators to keep spending in check,” said Senator Ronnie Chance.

“Senator Chance understands that the money we spend in government is not ours, it’s the taxpayers. He also understands that we need to keep government the size it needs to be. The Taxpayer Protection Act will protect future generations of Georgians from government growing too large,” said Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, the sponsor of the Resolution.

Senate Resolution 20 would restrict the state from spending any money in excess of the previous year budget adjusted for inflation and population. Any additional revenue beyond the spending limitations would be required to go into the Rainy Day fund until it reaches a point of 15% of the previous year spending. Once the Rainy Day Fund is at 15% additional revenue would be used to slowly phase-out the state income tax.

The Amendment was approved Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee in a unanimous bi-partisan vote.