A fine line between taxes and fees
The recently passed transportation funding bill is a billion-dollar tax increase for Georgians.
Hotels could absorb cost
A $5-a-night hotel/motel tax that’s part of the transportation bill will hurt Georgia’s convention business by adding extra costs for large groups coming to the state.
A day is not a day in the General Assembly
The Georgia Legislature’s last day of session ends at midnight.
House took charge of boundaries after advocates failed to reach deal
Lawmakers were paid for their off-season efforts to, for the first time, take the lead in drawing borders for two would-be cities.
Most people shift buying but don't spend more
People buy more items during Georgia’s sales-tax holidays, boosting economic activity.
Dollar's College Park church claims 30,000 members
Creflo Dollar needed a $65 million Gulfstream G650 to carry thousands of pounds of food and other supplies -- as well as the Word of God -- worldwide.
State rep right about lack of regulation
Uber and other ride-share firms are not required to carry auto insurance under Georgia law.
State senate now weighing transportation plan
The proposed transportation tax plan revokes a tax-credit for consumers’ electric cars while the state retains similar credits for similar vehicles for businesses.
Evidence clear that measles bigger threat than vaccine
The measles vaccine has killed 108 people in the last decade, while no one has died of measles.
State Department forecast: 50 permanent jobs
President Barack Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline killed "42,000 jobs."
Isakson right on numbers, needed context
"When you have 8,000 veterans a year committing suicide, then you have a serious problem."
Sadly, debate does include some glowing talk
"Georgia lawmaker pushes bill banning creation of ‘glow in the dark’ human-jellyfish hybrids."
Number of jobs and workers can differ
In the past year, DeKalb has "attracted and retained more than 2,300 jobs."
Ingredient also not part of childhood vaccines
Mercury is used in vaccines, and there is no safe level of mercury.
Caveat: Jobs mostly replace those lost in downturn
"Since I took office, over 319,000 new private sector jobs have been created in Georgia with nearly 93,000 of those coming in the past 12 months."
Don't let anyone tell you size doesn't matter
"Georgia is now the eighth most populous state in the nation, moving from the number 10 position in just four years."
Estimate needs some tending
Agriculture contributes $71 billion to Georgia’s economy annually, making it the state’s largest industry.
State also in top 10 for overall homicide rate
Georgia ranks No. 9 in the rate of women murdered by men.
Georgia ranks a distant third for region
Georgia has some of the highest gas taxes in the Southeast but one of the lowest taxes on gasoline for transportation in the nation.
Abolishing department doesn't abolish all programs
Says David Perdue wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education, which would cost Georgia schools $1 billion a year and eliminate millions in student loans.
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