Georgia lawmakers looking at the proposed FY22 budget heard requests from the Department of Public Safety Wednesday for monies to grow the force and to fund a new headquarters in Atlanta.read more
The Georgia House of Representatives got some new committee chairmen Wednesday, as the chamber’s Committee on Assignments promoted some committee chairs to more prestigious chairmanships left vacant by departing members.read more
Soon after her appointment to the U.S. Senate, Republican Kelly Loeffler made a commitment to donate her Senate salary to Georgia-based charitable organizations and non-profits. This week, Loeffler donated her final Senate paycheck to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund in honor of fallen U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood.read more
Will 2021 be the year that legislation passes that would allow for sports betting in Georgia? Many seem to think so and are giving the prospect high odds. Among those lawmakers believing this might be the year is Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) who filed legislation late last week that would legalize sports betting in Georgia.read more
Like the rest of the country, Georgia has faced many challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is at least one area where Georgia has exceeded other states — economic development and job creation.read more
First-time unemployment claims in Georgia increased by 5,581 last week to 37,039, reflecting a national trend, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.read more
The new sheriff of Georgia’s most populous county, where the capital city of Atlanta is located, is quite a contrast to that city’s mayor. Just days after being sworn in, Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat announced that buying the Atlanta City Detention Center would be a great idea to keep Atlanta and Fulton County safer.read more
The Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource (VECTR) Center helps veterans returning from service transition back into civilian life and the workforce. Whether that’s helping translating military certifications to school credits or finding training programs place vets in high-demand fields, VECTR is one of the state’s key resources for vets reintegrating into society.read more
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“Follow the money.” If you really want to discover who is behind something, it is money that talks, and in this year’s election balloting, Mark Zuckerberg’s money talked loudly — some $400 million.
For Republican candidates and office holders, Donald Trump is the force that one dares not offend. The potency of his endorsements or tweets was shown more forcefully in Georgia than in most states when he weighed in on the behalf of Brian Kemp during the 2018 gubernatorial runoff turning what had been a competitive situation into a runaway. In 2018 and 2020, rare was the Republican candidate who staked out positions at odds with that of the president.
Our report detailed the benefits of Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program: The Qualified Education Expense (QEE) program saves Georgia taxpayers significant funds and displays far higher educational attainment among GOAL scholarship students relative to public school students.