As government employees take unpaid furloughs, Georgia is still having trouble making its budget. While this is happening, Georgia still owns more state-owned cars and trucks than any other state in Southeast.
We spend millions more of our tax dollars on those vehicles than other states. Mississippi has 7,541, Louisiana 12,740, Florida has roughly 18,000, even with twice Georgia’s population, and Georgia has 20,328.
State Sen. Freddie Powell-Sims, D-Dawson, says with a 20,000-vehicle fleet for a state of our size, there’s surely somewhere cuts can be made, and we agree.
“We’re talking about reduction in revenue, we’re talking about additional cuts for the state budget, this is a place where we can begin,” said Powell-Sims.
While some departments don’t have as many vehicles as others, state leaders say it’s the perfect time to look at how we can operate with less.
“It’s time for us to say enough is enough, if you don’t need it get rid of it,” said Powell-Sims.
The senator said the state has tried to cut excess wheels it the past, but she doesn’t believe it was done the right way.
The Department of Transportation has the most vehicles, more than 4,000, and the Department of Corrections is the next highest with just under 2,000.
Government needs to set a good example, and leaders need to remember that the state has nothing that it didn’t get from the wallets of its citizens.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.