State leadership touts tax reform bill

Gov. Nathan Deal was joined by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston, and a host of Legislators Tuesday, outlining updates to HB 918, which addresses state tax code, and will “keep taxpayers’ hard-earned money in their pockets.”

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Insurance Commission Audit Exposes Severe Budget Issues

Last month, the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (GDAA) – following a request by the House Appropriations Committee – conducted an audit of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI). The Committee had specifically asked to examine the transparency of revenue collection and budgeting increases. One of the catalysts for the investigation was a number of layoffs and furloughs that occurred in the OCI last year – years after the worst of the recession which resulted in numerous budget shortfalls and many state employee furloughs.

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Brunch Bill heads to Senate floor

The Brunch Bill is scheduled to go before the Senate today. SB 17 would allow restaurants to serve alcohol, and retail stores to sell beer and wine on Sundays beginning at 11 a.m. rather than 12:30 p.m.

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State of the Georgia Lottery

Since its inception in 1992, the Georgia Lottery has provided $19.3 billion to students of Georgia — which has resulted in over 1.8 million HOPE Scholarship recipients and over 1.6 million Pre-K students.

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Monsanto Merger Looms – Impact on Georgia Farmers Uncertain

As a potential mega-merger of two agricultural giants – Bayer and Monsanto – looms, its impact on Georgia farmers is concerning to some familiar with the issue in Georgia. The deal, valued somewhere north of $60 billion, would make Monsanto an even bigger player in American agriculture than it already is – which is massive.

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Innovative Traffic Solutions – No New Taxes

I am working tirelessly with my colleagues to enact innovative solutions to ease the burden of traffic and improve public safety.  Several groups over many years have studied this issue.  The facts locally and around the country have clearly demonstrated the expansion of rail does not make sense.  Expanding rail lines is not operationally, financially or logistically feasible. 

College Fees: Sticker Shock for Georgia Families 

With revenue and spending contingent on the new tax law, the uncertain future of PeachCare funding (Georgia’s CHIP), and the possibility Georgia may spend on tax incentives aimed at luring Amazon’s new headquarters, it’s no surprise Governor Nathan Deal’s FY 2019 budget of $26 billion has been described as “very fluid.”

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Smyrna approves alcohol ‘carry-out’

The city of Smyrna this week approved a ‘carry out’ alcohol policy within designated restaurant districts.  The first of these districts, approved at the same meeting, will be the downtown Smyrna Market Village.  The city follows in the footsteps of several other Georgia cities, and the ongoing trend of loosening up out of date alcohol laws has its ship RISING…

 

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