By Denene Millner
Please believe, just like every other state in the union, Georgia is broke—to the tune of $1.3 billion, according to some estimates. And those of us who live here can feel it. In the last three years, the state has shrunk its budget by 15 percent. Entire public transportation systems in, ahem, certain communities have been shut down. Cuts to higher education, Medicaid and services for the elderly are bringing the pain to Georgians who can ill afford them. Courts are closing their doors sporadically, and court personnel are asking vendors to donate pens and pencils. Hell, I finally just finished buying Lila’s school supplies; the list, which was practically as long as my doggone arm, includes color copy paper. Copy paper, people. Because my kid’s school can’t afford the paper it takes to photocopy classwork for the kids and notes for us parents.