Ronald Reagan famously said, "Government programs, once launched, never disappear." He could have easily had Georgia in mind with its arcane budget process. This Session, to ensure the taxpayers' money is spent as wisely as possible, the General Assembly passed legislation implementing zero-based budgeting for agencies. Instead of just continuing budgets from one year to the next with more money added each year, state government will be asked to justify every dollar, helping to improve efficiency and cut waste. Given the economic slowdown, we've focused on basic needs, such as water resources, education, and the safety of our citizens. Just like a family sitting around the kitchen table creating a budget, we in the General Assembly have to focus on our core priorities. When we reconvene in January, providing much needed tax relief will continue to be a key issue.