Austerity cuts have existed since 2003
This year’s state budget and my spending proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 represent an infusion of more than $1 billion in additional money for K-12 education.
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.
Beer is big business
By allowing brewpubs to sell beer, Georgia could become like Mexico with only a couple of manufacturers controlling all aspects of market.
Most people shift buying but don't spend more
People buy more items during Georgia’s sales-tax holidays, boosting economic activity.
Transportation bill funding on line
Georgia has one of the nation’s highest jet fuel taxes.
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.
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.
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.
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
Under legislation that has cleared the Georgia House, some children who are "legal refugees" could obtain state scholarships to attend private schools.
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.
GOP majority capitulated
President Obama said "22 times" he could not authorize immigration reform by executive order.
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."
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."
Sadly, debate does include some glowing talk
"Georgia lawmaker pushes bill banning creation of ‘glow in the dark’ human-jellyfish hybrids."
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