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Caveat investor: the feds want a bite of your mutual fund

Even with the stock market reaching all-time highs and many Americans smiling at the look of their 401(k) valuations, storm clouds are gathering in Washington and abroad that may mean higher costs for investors, lower returns in the long run, and less freedom to cash out when that rainy day comes.

August 28, 2014 | By Paul S. Atkins | Opinion


An Earth Day surprise

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

August 28, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Georgia voters get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 25, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


A reminder to text less and live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a quick cure.

August 25, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Where the transportation needs are

Georgia is the fourth-largest state, with nearly 10 million people and growing. As concentrated as part of the state is around Atlanta and as spread out as the rest of the state is, it is little wonder that there is a long list of transportation needs that grows larger as the state grows and the projects become more expensive as inflation increases the costs year after year.

August 25, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Getting with the program on transportation

The regional transportation sales tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia and in metro Atlanta. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met in Atlanta on Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the 2015 legislative session.

August 21, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Pushing the fight for medical cannabis

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the governor's desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.

August 21, 2014 | By Rep. Allen Peake | Opinion


Not just another tool in the toolbox

A recent public meeting held on the topic of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) conspicuously neglected other relevant water-management problems and opportunities. The meeting was hosted on Jekyll Island by a General Assembly Natural Resources study committee chaired by Sen. Ross Tolleson.

August 21, 2014 | By David Kyler | Opinion


The candidates have some lessons to learn

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 18, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


One little letter does not a liberal make

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


The avenues of transportation funding

A Joint House-Senate Study Committee began work last week on transportation needs of the state and how those needs may be met in the coming years.

August 18, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Capping scholarships, capping opportunity

Carlethia Ingram easily could have become one more lost teenager. Her mother died four days after the birth of her youngest sister. For 10 years, Carlethia and two sisters lived with their grandmother in Savannah public housing until Barbara Ingram passed away last year.

August 14, 2014 | By Mike Klein | Opinion


Health crisis making Georgia famous

Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

August 14, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Bringing accountability and success back to the VA and veterans

Our country's veterans have risked life and limb to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life. For too long the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed our nation's veterans by operating under a culture of corruption and neglect that lacked accountability or leadership. Veterans deserve better than that and with the sweeping reforms put in place by theVeterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, I am committed to personally seeing to it that we have a better VA health system delivery for our veterans.

August 11, 2014 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


There is a price to pay for transportation

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 11, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


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When it comes to this election, no one knows anything

For the past few months, I have heard the same question nearly everywhere I go.

October 28, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


A salute to someone trying to make the world better

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

October 28, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


A non-economist looks at unemployment

We don't pay too much attention to the unemployment rate normally, maybe being vaguely aware of the trend down or up, but not much else. The injection of the rate as a signal of failure of the current administration caused me to want to see what economists were saying about Georgia's economy and how they view unemployment statistics.

October 28, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Reckless drivers should share cost of harm they cause

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.

October 21, 2014 | By Paige Havens | Opinion


‘Undermining the state,’ unnerving the left

When the State Policy Network was founded in 1996, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation - then 5 years old - was one of just 12 independent, free-market, state-focused think tanks around the nation. Its leaders could have met in someone's garage.

October 21, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


More school systems back to 180 days

With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.

October 21, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Deal talks public education reform

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 21, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Ballot questions for voters

Georgia voters will make decisions on three issues when they vote in this general election. Two decisions involve amending the state constitution and one is a referendum question.

October 21, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Lifeline phones have been a call for abuse

In 2012, I began raising the issue of "free" cell phones being handed out to individuals under the federal Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program, which was originally intended to provide low-cost landline phones to low-income households.

October 14, 2014 | By Doug Everett | Opinion


Will Georgia repeat the runoff experience?

It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election.

October 14, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Candidate Carter talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 14, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Solid growth in first-quarter revenues

September completes the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. A solid 5 percent growth in September revenues completes a strong first quarter of FY15 with an overgrowth of 4.7 percent on total collections of $4.68 billion for the quarter. The increase of $211.3 million for the three months is ahead of budget projections by $70.6 million.

October 14, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Don’t overlook the other races on the ballot

With all of the focus on campaigns for governor and senator, it's easy to overlook the fact there are other statewide races on the ballot for November.

October 07, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Random thoughts on random ideas

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 07, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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