• Matt Gurtler

Week 9: Conservative Solutions

Updated: Mar 19, 2018

Let me start by saying a big “Thank You” again to the local newspapers of Union, Towns, Rabun & White counties for allowing me to communicate with you each week! My goal when elected was to bring a new level of accountability and transparency which is why I write this column, explain my votes, have regular town halls and make sure everyone has my personal cell phone number; (706) 490-2285. I believe it is leading by example that will help cure the apathy we see in politics. And that's very important because, as Plato said; "The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men." Well, things have slowed down again here at the Capitol. The dust has settled from crossover as we prepare for the last days of session. Those days are particularly important for conservatives as things move quickly, and without pushback, those who want to grow government can get away with a lot. Wednesday was Homeschool Day at the Capitol. Having been homeschooled myself it was an honor to speak and meet so many homeschool families from across Georgia. I spoke on the topic of youth getting more involved in politics. They are our future, and it's up to them to keep America grounded in the values and principles that make our country great. For that reason, it is our responsibility, as parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, elected officials, and leaders to show them that government is not the answer. Also on Wednesday, I did a radio interview with Pat Malone on “Mountain Mornings”, 95.1 FM WJRB. I gave a run-down of what has happened so far here this session. We discussed a new bill I am proposing, that will deal with how we approach the budget. We aren't as bad as Washington DC, but our current budget system leads to a top-down approach, controlled by the establishment through fear and out of control spending that never ends. My bill would allow for the budget to be voted on by department such as judicial, legislative and executive, instead of everything at once. If the department budget was to fail on the floor, it would be automatically cut by 1 % across the board. This would force politicians from all sides to work together, and establish a system where expenditures would have to make sense on their own, not simply because they are attached to other critical functions like public safety and education. Too much of what happens down here is political theater, consolidation of power, and backroom deals. This bill would prevent a lot of that from happening, but of course, the only longterm solution is eternal vigilance.

Changing gears, on Monday I officially qualified for re-election to continue representing Union, Towns, Rabun & White counties. I have one opponent and I’m looking forward to an honest race based on ideas. I will be advocating that we continue the route of less government and more freedom! That's what it means to be a conservative and that's what will not only protect our beautiful corner of Georgia but also allow us to prosper. Lastly, I want to inform you, that I will be speaking on Saturday, March 17th at the Union County GOP. The meeting will be held at Cabin Coffee located on the square at 10 am. It is an honor to serve you. Together we have accomplished a lot in two years, but we still have work to do. I hope that through all my efforts I have earned your trust and support for a second term. Quick point of information; I cannot accept any donations until after March 30th, when session is over.

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