• Matt Gurtler

Week 5: Liberty Calling


What a week! As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, I was praying hard about how best to serve my district—you, my constituents—in the upcoming election.

As you know, my term as Georgia House Representative is up for re-election this year, but with Congressman Doug Collins launching his campaign for the US Senate, it opened up a seat in the 9th Congressional District and caused a shift in the election.

After much prayer with my wife, many meetings, and an abundance of encouragement, I recently announced my campaign for congress.

This new direction, however, in no way incapacitates my ability to represent you at the same speed and stamina in which I have served these last two terms.

Our district is at the forefront of my concern, and fulfilling my duty to you, the constituents in fighting to preserve our liberty shall not wane to the fact that it is an election year.

For this reason, I have been hard at work this week for the ongoing budget hearings.

While attending budget meetings is not required, I do my best to attend as many as I can, and nothing really new has come out of these hearings.

It seems to me an irresponsible move to postpone session for two weeks over less than a 1% so-called cut in the budget being disputed, especially for a House body that labels itself as “conservative.”

Still no cuts have been made to some of the largest portions of the budget, and when legislators cannot even manage legislative time properly, how can citizens expect them to manage tax dollars?

The House did, however, vote to add more money in some areas, such as food inspection and prevention of agency furloughs.

These minor changes, however, are hardly justifiable reasons to postpone session for two weeks, and another reason why the omnibus budget style needs to be changed.

By separating the spending bill into each fiscal department, the State could actually continue to function while keeping debate open in areas where there is dissent, and politicians, especially the establishment, would not have as much power in compromising principles to expand government overreach.

So many of my colleagues “privately” tell me that they agree and are so frustrated with the process.

Session is scheduled to start back up on Tuesday, February 18, and I will continue moving the fight to preserve liberty forward.

In Liberty,

Matt Gurtler

(706) 490-2285