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How Georgia’s lottery compares

Georgia had the fifth largest gross total sales of all lottery systems in the U.S. in fiscal year 2014. Of the top lottery systems, the Georgia Lottery transferred the second smallest percentage of sales back to the state in FY14. Georgia's transfer of 23.5 percent of total sales was lower than all but the Massachusetts Lottery, which transferred 20 percent of its total sales to the state treasury.

August 04, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Step right up and place your bets

Casino gambling is coming to Georgia. That is probably the horse to bet on.

August 04, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Junior Lee chimes in on the 2016 race

Please don't say anything to Junior E. Lee about this but I had several people come up to me after a recent speech to ask why they had not seen his observations in the paper recently. If he knew that, he might ask for a raise.

August 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

IRS commissioner should step down

Last week, I joined colleagues on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in calling on President Obama to immediately remove Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen from his position.

August 04, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Could more funding be squeezed out of the lottery?

As tuition rises and pressures continue on the HOPE Scholarship and Grant and the need for additional Pre-K slots continues to increase, the conversation usually gets around to discussing the funding being produced by the state lottery. The Senate Budget and Evaluation Office has reviewed the legislation setting up the lottery and compared Georgia's lottery to other successful lotteries around the country.

July 28, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

How Georgia measures up against other states

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us.

July 28, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

How to be a liberal in one angry letter

I want you to hear this from me rather than from Donald Trump. I have been outed. I am a "bed-wetting liberal." No longer can I hide in the closet, among my bell-bottom pants and Nehru jackets that I am sure will be making a stylistic comeback one of these days.

July 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Eliminating sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood funding

In the wake of the tragic terrorist attack in Chattanooga, I cosponsored H.R. 3115, the Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act, to allow military personnel with firearms training to carry firearms on military bases and other installations, including recruitment centers.

July 28, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

State sets record in monthly revenue

A solid June revenue total of $1.81 billion capped fiscal year 2015 with the highest revenue collections in the state's history, totaling $19.028 billion. The gain over FY14 totaled $1.145 billion, a gain outdistancing all other years but 2006 and 2007. The overall growth rate of 6.4 percent put Georgia at the top of Southeastern states, as the state grew more than 7 percent in three of the four quarters and that quarter, July-September, 2014, grew at 5 percent.

July 22, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Lawmakers have an explosive issue on their hands

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend – literally.

July 22, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Blessed are the peacemakers who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time on my latest passion - learning to play the flugelhorn. Alas, it is not to be. My skills as a peacemaker are once again required. And wouldn't you know it? I had just mastered the aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's opera, "Rinaldo." Rats.

July 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Little support for questionable Iran deal

In case you missed it, the Obama Administration announced an agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal this week and I asked you to let me know your opinion at

July 22, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

The dignity of work

For most people, chronic homelessness among men would not be the first choice among problems to tackle in inner-city Atlanta. Millions of dollars in government and charitable programs give some of these men a warm bed at night, but that hasn't changed the underlying challenges that keep them on the streets.

July 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion

Budget restores Medicaid rates

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law in 2010 by President Obama, it included many provisions to expand Medicaid services. Medicaid is a jointly-funded program between states and the federal government that provides health care for low-income children and pregnant women, the elderly, and the disabled.

July 14, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Business wins over tradition

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes.

July 14, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

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Regulations are not necessarily a bad idea

History was made last month at the C. B. King Federal Courthouse in downtown Albany.

October 06, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

What a difference a decade makes

What a difference a decade makes.

October 06, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Web-based tool educates parents on great schools

One of the paternalistic charges leveled by opponents of education choice is that many parents don't have the information to make decisions about an ...

October 06, 2015 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion

About DNR’s new law enforcement division

In 2013, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources created the new Law Enforcement Division to consolidate the law enforcement and public safety activities previously performed ...

September 29, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

This legislator’s gift will matter

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE scholarship, you couldn't do it.

September 29, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Aliens have second thoughts about Earth

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Open the door, please!"

September 29, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

History in the nation's capital

Pope Francis made history this week as the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. During his address, Pope Francis spoke of freedom ...

September 29, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

State revenues continue fast pace

New fees and tax revenues started showing up on the state's revenue report for August and made a good month look even higher. Total ...

September 22, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 22, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

High school fishing clubs have quite a lure

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The ...

September 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Transparency vs. privacy

Would you respond honestly at a public meeting in your community if the speaker asks you to raise your hand if you support gay marriage ...

September 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion

How transportation funding works

The interaction between local governments and state transportation agencies, primarily the Georgia Department of Transportation, is the pathway for the completion of important local transportation ...

September 15, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

If you’ve been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky where a court clerk has

This world is full of surprises. I just got a call from Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater ...

September 15, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

'Religious freedom' and its unintended consequences

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky where a court clerk has been in and out of jail ...

September 15, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Career academies expand horizons

Georgia is implementing and promoting College and Career Academies in high schools across the state to give students the opportunity to acquire middle job skills ...

September 08, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

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