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Rep. Jones wire fee bill has important caveat

Yesterday we published news that state Rep. Jeff Jones, R-Brunswick, will introduce wire transfer fee legislation seeking to tap into the huge amount of money that is sent out of Georgia every year– a majority of that money, by the way, coming from drug dealers and people here illegally.

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Georgia Tech Moves Up in Rankings

Georgia Tech announced last week it was moving up in the rankings. No, not football. This is for the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education. The Georgia Institute of Technology moved from number 41 to number 33, the highest ranking among Georgia’s academic institutions. Tech was 20th among U.S. institutions and fifth among public universities.

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Georgia Tech Moves Up in Rankings

Georgia Tech announced last week it was moving up in the rankings. No, not football. This is for the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education. The Georgia Institute of Technology moved from number 41 to number 33, the highest ranking among Georgia’s academic institutions. Tech was 20th among U.S. institutions and fifth among public universities.

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Olens Joins Lawsuit Against Feds Over Overtime Pay

In what seems like an increasingly common scenario, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens joined a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule in federal court. In March of 2014, President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise the Fair Labor Standard’s Act overtime exemption for executive, administrative and professional employees. Commonly called the “white-collar exemption”, the rule doubles the salary-level threshold for employees to be exempt from overtime, regardless of their job’s duties.

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Hyde: Judicial Watchdog Agency Now ‘An Embarrassment’

A member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC), former Atlanta policeman and longtime investigator Richard Hyde, pulled no punches in hours of testimony yesterday before a state House of Representatives study committee hearing about the judicial watchdog agency. When asked by Committee Chairman Rep, Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, how he would characterize the “current state of the JQC,” Hyde flatly said: “An embarrassment.”

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State’s Most Populous County Fires Tax Assessor

As far back as 2011 the Fulton County Commission – representing Georgia’s most populous county— began allocating large sums of taxpayer money to fix the error-ridden tax assessor’s office. Five years later, and with appeals growing every year, the situation never really improved. Thus, the other day, Chief Appraiser David Fitzgibbon was unceremoniously fired after discovery of a computer program mistake which triggered a two-month delay in getting out property billings.

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The 2016 September/October issue of James is here!  Click HERE to view the magazine online, and look for it in mailboxes soon!

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Now We Are in this Mess and Someone Will Have to Fix It

In the autumn of 2013 a story literally blindsided the press and public. The Atlanta Braves were moving to Cobb County. More specifically they were locating at the epicenter of Northside Atlanta traffic— the critical juncture where I-75 and I-285 “meet and greet” motorists commuting to and from work and intermingling with travelers desperately trying to weave through the massive jams and delays that are routine.

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