Chamber of Commerce, Muscogee County School District present their wish list to local delegation

December 5, 2012 

The Muscogee County School District and the Chamber of Commerce presented a legislative wish list to the local delegation Nov. 27 during a luncheon meeting at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.

The school district is asking the delegation to support legislation that would:

• Restore the state's pre-kindergarten program to 180-day status,

• Improve the Public School Retirement System, changing retirement ages and allowing employees to use unused sick leave toward retirement credit,

• Reinstate the opportunity for some retired educators to be employed full time without jeopardizing their retirement,

• And support any efforts to restore funding that has been lost to austerity measure over the last 11 years.

The Chamber of Commerce offered 10 proposals that would ask the delegation to oppose:

• Any changes to the T-SPLOST program that would be detrimental to Columbus,

• Any efforts to redirect transportation funds away from Columbus and other regions that passed the T-SPLOST,

And to support:

• Increased spending for economic development,

• A referendum to authorize the use of redevelopment powers in Columbus,

• Lowering workers' compensation insurance premiums for employers,

• Expedited licensing for military spouses who are licensed in other states,

• Exempting military retirement pay from state taxes,

• Funding requests from Columbus State University and Columbus Technical College,

• Legislation encouraging reduced water use,

• Legislation codifying guidelines for inter-basin water transfers.

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