Georgia continues to enjoy a AAA rating, assuring that it has optimal access to the capital markets. In order to achieve that elusive rating, however, much attention must be paid to enacting a sound budget. The Governor's recently-released proposal regarding our state's financial footing reflects a continuing move towards belt-tightening among most state agencies. Rising healthcare costs will challenge those efforts, and an ongoing commitment to education will require additional dollars as well. In the meantime, our ability to attract key economic development projects, as we did with Baxter, Caterpillar and others in 2012, require fully funded REBA and One Georgia Authority grant programs.