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November 20--  Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan made a swing through rural Georgia Wednesday including Toombs County.

He said he agrees with concerns expressed by State Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, regarding a slowdown in state revenue collections.

"There's no better expert on the budget than Chairman Jack Hill, a tremendous friend and ally of the Senate and the whole state of Georgia.  I think there's a mixed message going on.  I think corporately there's a global slowdown going on with some of the larger companies.  We're still trying to figure it out.  I think we're in a different economy from what we grew up in.  It's a lot more complicated and a lot more global, but I think the Governor is being responsible looking for opportunities to cut spending across the state's budget to make sure we're ready for any slowdown." the Lieutenant-Governor said, and added, "One, I think it's to make us leaner, and two, to be prepared for a slowdown."

ltgovandstevenLieutenant-Governor Duncan (left, with Vidalia Rotary Club President Steven McComas) spoke to Vidalia Rotarians and later accompanied State Senator Blake Tillery of Vidalia on a Toombs County economic development tour,a visit to Plant Hatch and a trip to Wayne County.

When the state legislature convenes in January, Lieutenant-Governor Duncan says he has two major concerns.

"I'm going to continue to gain ground on healthcare.  I think there's an opportunity to increase price transparency and allow patients to really know what they're paying before they get home from the hospital. Secondly, I want to focus on foster care.  This is a group of folks that my faith calls on to take the best care of them.  We champion being the best state in the country to do business, I want to be the best state to take care of foster kids," he said.