Governor Sonny Perdue is in Spain this week and travelling to several destinations on a trade mission he says will benefit Georgia.  The trip is not without controversy.  The governor is being criticized for leaving the state at a time of an economic crisis and fuel shortages.  The Governor defends his trip as being important to work on bringing more jobs to the state.  It is estimated that Perdue’s junkett will cost taxpayers around $100,000.

State Senator Jeff Mullis who occumpanied the governor on his trip told local media that he is paying for his trip expenses out of his own pocket.  Mullis who represents Chattooga, Walker, Dade and Catoosa counties, is meeting with transportation industry officials from European transportation companies.  Mullis serves as the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee in the Georgia Legislature.