Hotels could absorb cost
Michael T. Owens
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.
Transportation bill funding on line
Georgia has one of the nation’s highest jet fuel taxes.
Craft beer bill was watered down last week in committee
Georgia Craft Brewers Guild
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.
GOP majority capitulated
President Obama said "22 times" he could not authorize immigration reform by executive order.
Isakson right on numbers, needed context
"When you have 8,000 veterans a year committing suicide, then you have a serious problem."
Number of jobs and workers can differ
In the past year, DeKalb has "attracted and retained more than 2,300 jobs."
County on target with training, not quite on hiring
DeKalb County has graduated five police academies and three fire academies to help reach its ambitious hiring goals in both departments.
Distinction is whether jobs will be for existing Georgians
Mercedes-Benz USA moving its headquarters to Atlanta will create at least 800 jobs.
School funding formula to be overhauled
The state covered a smaller percentage of the cost of K-12 education in 2013 than it did
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
Georgia Farm Bureau
Agriculture contributes $71 billion to Georgia’s economy annually, making it the state’s largest industry.
55,000 inmates are in Georgia prisons
L.C. "Buster" Evans
"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."
Annexation paved way for mayor's candidacy
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed became a city resident in the last annexation, opening the door to his candidacy.
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.
Scholarshp program had to change
Nathan Deal saved the HOPE scholarship program.
Who's in charge matters.
Jason Carter never passed a bill in his tenure in the state Senate.
Being against the farm bill isn't the same as opposing farmers
David Perdue did not support the 2014 farm bill that U.S. Sens. Isakson and Chambliss did.
Budget votes at issue
Republican Governors Association
Jason Carter "actually opposed more funding for education in the Senate."
Felon served as co-host of event
Ending Spending Action Fund
Says Michelle Nunn has acknowledged allowing a convicted felon to hold a fundraiser for her.
Women's wages at issue
"Federal investigators found a company that (David Perdue) ran discriminated against women -- paid them less than men for the same work."
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