Coming up with enough money to pay for the state budget figures to be the key theme of the 2020 legislative session, and as it began yesterday state officials were greeted with some good news. State tax collections in December were up 3 percent from 2018, a welcome turnaround after year-over-year dips in October and November. Legislators will still need to find ways to cut spending or provide alternative revenue streams, but another economic up-tick in December has the state RISING…
Poultry is big business in Georgia. In fact, broiler chickens are the state’s number one agricultural commodity, valued at nearly $4.5 billion, and Georgia produces more chicken than any state in the U.S. And over the past decade business has been good, with both chicken demand and prices increasing by over 10%. But as with any big business there comes some big scandals, which is exactly what two executives from Georgia-based Claxton Poultry Farms have found themselves in. Mikell Fries and Scott Brady this week were indicted by a federal grand jury of price rigging to suppress competition between 2012 and 2017, a serious crime that could see them facing up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. 2020 has been rough for everyone, but for these criminal chicken execs it is SINKING big time.
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