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.
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 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.
Distinction is whether jobs will be for existing Georgians
Mercedes-Benz USA moving its headquarters to Atlanta will create at least 800 jobs.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Images don't tell whole story
"In 1913, it was legal to mail children."
Estimate needs some tending
Agriculture contributes $71 billion to Georgia’s economy annually, making it the state’s largest industry.
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.
Broad criteria can be misleading
Georgia has had 12 school shootings in the two years since the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School, more than any other state.
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."
Figures offer few conclusions
When Colorado eased its medical marijuana laws, fatal accidents involving pot-using drivers soared while overall traffic fatalities decreased.
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.
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