Some retaliation for harping on that veterans home

1:27 pm April 3, 2009, by Jim Galloway
AJC  Political Insider

Democrats tell us that Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) is kindly informing his colleagues in the opposite party of the money he has yanked from projects in their districts, in retaliation for a Wednesday vote that pit Jekyll Island developers against a Milledgeville home for 81 veterans.

Senate Minority Leader Robert Brown (D-Macon) has been on a tear throughout the session over the closing of the veterans home because of budget cutbacks.

On Wednesday, Brown offered an amendment that would have taken out $2.14 million meant for Jekyll Island development — which has been placed in the hands of a Republican-connected firm. The cash would have been used to maintain the Milledgeville domiciliary unit of the Georgia War Veterans Home.

The amendment lost handily, and now Democrats appear to be paying the price.

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