picking budget priorities
State lawmakers are spending taxpayer money for parking that billionaire Arthur Blank could build while paying some state employees so little they are on food stamps.
Craft beer bill was watered down last week in committee
Georgia is one of only five states where breweries can’t sell you a pint of beer to drink on premise or sell you a six-pack to go.
Lawmakers want $1 billion in state money for transportation
Georgia’s share of money from the Federal Highway Trust Fund declined 12 percent between 2008 and 2013.
What's the answer for failing schools?
Ninety-six percent of failing schools are spending above $8,400, the average annual per student expenditure, and 26 percent spend considerably more than that.
Austerity cuts have existed since 2003
The governor’s budget proposal reduces the state austerity cut to education to under $500 million for 2016.
70 people dead in year's first 28 days
"GEORGIA ROADWAY FATALITIES THIS YEAR: 59
PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY"
Money was there when times were hard
Since Gov. Nathan Deal office in 2011, the state’s rainy day fund has grown by 643 percent.
University System trying mergers
The merger of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will make GSU one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 54,000 students.
School funding formula to be overhauled
The state covered a smaller percentage of the cost of K-12 education in 2013 than it did
55,000 inmates are in Georgia prisons
"It has been many years, if ever, since an inmate has completed his or her high school diploma while incarcerated in a state correctional facility for adults."
Elected or appointed?
Thirty-eight states -- Georgia not included -- have appointed, rather than elected, state school superintendents.
ID theft a huge problem nationally
Georgia has the country’s second highest number of fraudulent tax refund claims.
State once led nation in fatalities
Georgia has led the nation in student fatalities caused by motorists illegally passing stopped school buses.
Scholarshp program had to change
Nathan Deal saved the HOPE scholarship program.
Lottery funds have been door opener
On an income cap for recipients of the popular HOPE scholarship
Who's in charge matters.
Jason Carter never passed a bill in his tenure in the state Senate.
Education spending a major campaign theme
"Jason Carter’s plan: increase spending by $12.5 billion."
Tax revenue was up, then down
The state’s overall revenues only returned this year to 2007 levels.
A question of fairness
David Perdue "opposes laws that provide equal pay protections for women."
Seeking women voters
David Perdue "proposes rolling back the clock on women’s health care."
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