Deal proposes $32 million for Savannah project
Some of Georgia"s most powerful politicians have teamed up in recent months behind an effort to deepen the port.
Gov. Nathan Deal said in his State of the State address that he wants to set aside $32 million for the deepening, which he and others say is critical to Georgia"s economic development.
"There is no more important public works project for the competitiveness of our entire region than the Savannah harbor deepening project,” the governor said. "When the enlarged Panama Canal comes online in 2014, we will be ready to receive the Post-Panamax ships heading north. These larger ships improve cargo rates for shippers, and receiving these ships in Savannah will have a ripple effect throughout the state.”
With the money Deal wants to include in the state budget for the deepening (it must be approved by the Legislature), we rate this as a promise In The Works.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Deal warns of cuts, promises progress in first State of the State," Jan. 12, 2010