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Revenue increase approaches $1B

June state revenues of $1.9 billion capped an incredible year for Georgia with total collections over $20.8 billion. June was a positive month, even excepting fuel taxes/fees, gaining 0.7 percent despite over $109 million in refunds going out to individual income tax payers.

July 20, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

No question the Answer Man has the answers

Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It's time for Answer Man! The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you how little is on ours. Please note that all answers remain the exclusive property of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, and may not be rebroadcast, retransmitted or refried without the expressed written consent of Major League Baseball. Let's take our first question:

July 20, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

It’s safer to stay away from a convention

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican national convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter the Democratic convention coming up in Philadelphia next week.

July 20, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

How new transportation funds are being spent

Virtually all states that Georgia competes with are struggling to meet the transportation needs of the present and into the future. The passage of HB 170 in the 2015 General Assembly was praised by some who saw the state stepping up to meet a need that was strangling the state and dissed by others who saw the new fees as unnecessary.

July 13, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Time to lower the rhetoric and start the healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud, now we have a sniper in Dallas killing five police officers and wounding seven others because, according to Dallas police chief David Brown, he reportedly wanted to kill white people in retaliation for the death of two black people in Minnesota and Louisiana by white police officers.

July 13, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Clarkston goes down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, he is careful to make one distinction to his interviewer.

July 13, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Expand access to care, not Medicaid

Those addressing Georgia's uninsured and failing hospitals seem stuck between two options: expanding a government program (Medicaid) with its own long list of challenges, or doing nothing. It's a false choice.

July 13, 2016 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion

Most bills in effect July 1

Every year, much is made of the July 1 effective date of new laws passed by the preceding General Assembly. Truth is, most legislation is set in the legislation to be effective July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year.

July 06, 2016 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

The Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find some way of reversing that.

July 06, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Add parks and historic sites to state’s brag book

I am late getting to this subject with summer whizzing along but not so much so that we can't still squeeze it in the state of Georgia's brag book, along with Vidalia onions, St. Simons sunsets, rainbow trout and Ray Charles Robinson. I am talking about our state parks.

July 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Can it get worse? Yes, it has

There are news sources that said "there was nothing new," referring to the House Committee report on Bengazi. I beg to disagree with them. I am admittedly a news hound; I admit that I have watched all the TV on that terrible event. But I don't think that even those who follow the news somewhat causally will disagree with me. Yes, there was new information that had not been publicly disclosed before and it was troubling to me.

July 06, 2016 | By Ruth Lee | Opinion

Small HOPE changes and the bond sale

While there is not usually a large volume of legislation addressing higher education, any changes to the HOPE Scholarship draws a lot of attention.

June 29, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Two senators who give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

June 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Maybe David Shafer should run for president

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.

June 29, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Bond rating another reason to celebrate

On June 8, the state sold $1.37 billion (net $1.026 billion) in bonds for projects around the state. The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission approved the bids and handled the sale. The state has so consistently done well selling bonds and maintaining its AAA bond rating from all three underwriters that we may take this success for granted, but that would be far from the truth.

June 22, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

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To all, thanks for a great ride

Just because you know this day is coming doesn't make it any easier.

August 03, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Opinion

Starting the budget process

Even though the fiscal year just started July 1, the budget preparation process for the 2017 session has already begun. On July 26, the Governor ...

August 03, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Putin swears it’s not his doing

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 03, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

What color will Georgia be?

As the last of the two conventions finished its business of nominating a presidential candidate last week, the Clinton and Trump campaigns were quickly shifting ...

August 03, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Transportation projects going on all over state

The maker of those orange barrels and cones used in highway construction should be enjoying a boom in business as around $3 billion in transportation ...

July 27, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Any bucket list has to include the Gaithers

I don't have a bucket list, but if I did I would be hard-pressed to find room to add anything else. There is not ...

July 27, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

There ought to be a law

July is a special time in Georgia because it's the month when most of the laws passed during the previous legislative session go into ...

July 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Other voices

The media hype surrounding the political parties' national conventions spotlights the enormous discord created by personalities and politics as the presidential election approaches. Getting short ...

July 27, 2016 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


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