January 7, 2007
In Washington, balancing the budget and putting an end to money spent on pet projects, have the President and Congress starting off the year on the same foot.
"By holding the line on spending and continuing our pro-growth policies, we can balance the budget and address the most urgent needs of our nation, which are winning the war on terror and maintaining a strong national defense, keeping our economy growing, and creating jobs," President Bush said in his radio address.
The week will begin with house democrats trying to push for some big legislation, introducing a bill to pass several remaining 9/11 Commission recommendations.
The democratic majority is looking to spend more federal money on stem cell research, but at the top of President Bush's list is cutting government spending.
"One area where we are already finding agreement is in our effort to spend the people's money wisely. This week, I announced that I will submit a five-year budget proposal that will balance the federal budget by 2012, while making the tax relief we passed permanent," said the President.
Closer to home, the General Assembly begins its 2007 short session. Other than transportation, legislators will fight for some key bills. Including revising the state budget to include a 3 percent teacher pay raise and an income tax cut for the state's lowest paid workers.
This session is expected to last 46 days and around 3,000 bills will be introduced.