House took charge of boundaries after advocates failed to reach deal
Mary Margaret Oliver
Lawmakers were paid for their off-season efforts to, for the first time, take the lead in drawing borders for two would-be cities.
Projections show debt gradually rising
Under current conditions, by 2023, the interest payments on the national debt will be $722 billion, larger than the projected defense spending of $696 billion.
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.
private school vouchers topic of bill
The Associated Press
Under legislation that has cleared the Georgia House, some children who are "legal refugees" could obtain state scholarships to attend private schools.
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.
30,000 work for Delta
A bill to eliminate Delta Air Lines’ jet fuel tax breaks "violates federal law and puts the state at risk of losing critical funding from the Federal Aviation Administration."
Austerity cuts have existed since 2003
The governor’s budget proposal reduces the state austerity cut to education to under $500 million for 2016.
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."
70 people dead in year's first 28 days
Georgia Department of Transportation
"GEORGIA ROADWAY FATALITIES THIS YEAR: 59
PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY"
Suburban sprawl limits transit
Only "18 percent of jobs are accessible by transit for metro Atlanta residents. 33 percent for those living in the city."
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
GSU Alumni Association
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.
Remember, corporations are people, friends
The religious liberty bill proposed in the Georgia House of Representatives does not specifically exclude corporations, which means they can legally claim a religious exemption.
Mercedes said high taxes and the cost of doing business in New Jersey worked to Georgia’s advantage in landing the company's USA corporate headquarters.
College becoming more critical
Only 42 percent of young Georgians have a college certificate or degree, but soon 60 percent of jobs will require some college credential.
Oil lacks enough THC to provide a high
Unlike marijuana, medical cannabis oil cannot get you high.
Elected or appointed?
Thirty-eight states -- Georgia not included -- have appointed, rather than elected, state school superintendents.
State also in top 10 for overall homicide rate
Violence Policy Center
Georgia ranks No. 9 in the rate of women murdered by men.
State once led nation in fatalities
Georgia has led the nation in student fatalities caused by motorists illegally passing stopped school buses.
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