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May 19, 2014

Crosby recognized, officials discuss Georgia’s state

TIFTON —

The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce heard from representatives Penny Houston, Jay Roberts and Sam Watson and senators Tyler Harper and John Crosby at their May membership meeting, held Thursday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
 
Prior to the representatives speaking, Crosby was presented with a glass plaque on behalf of the chamber. Crosby announced last year that he would not seek re-election.
 
"He has been a voice for south Georgia, and he has worked so hard for us over the last several years," said Mike Davis, 2014 chairman. "We just felt like we wanted to give you something from the bottom of our hearts to tell you thank you for what you've done for Tifton and Tift County."
Chamber members and guests clapped as Crosby stood to accept his plaque from Davis.
 
"I love every one of you," Crosby said. "Rose and I got here in 1964. We've had a wonderful trip and it's been a grand ride. Thank you. Love you."
 
The other representatives expressed appreciation for serving with Crosby and that they're going to miss him. During their speeches, they also expressed gratitude for serving Tifton and Tift County and other communities in their district.
 
Houston discussed budget and education. She said one good thing about Georgia is that they have a balanced budget, adding the Georgia state budget was $20 billion. Of all the new revenue that came in for the 2015 budget, they had $662 million of new revenue and of that, 59 percent went to K-12 and 13 percent went to higher education.
 
Houston said one way to improve the economy is through education. She later commented about a constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot. She said it's a constitutional amendment to freeze the state income tax at 6 percent.

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