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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


This Sebastian is the real deal

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag. They sure don't do it for the financial reward. That, we save for semi-articulate professional athletes and Hollywood liberals who earn obscene amounts of money pretending to be someone else.

June 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Strong year for the state continues

Revenues totaling $1.56 billion for May complete 11 months of a very successful year for the state. Revenues grew at a strong 9.9 percent rate and when the new highway revenue funds are subtracted, the growth rate is still at a healthy 4.1 percent growth for the month. Corporate income taxes were negative at -10.8 percent.

June 15, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


What bugs Junior E. Lee this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed to talk first with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield, Georgia.

June 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Is Sen. Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was just another backbencher in a Senate dominated by bitter fights between party leaders.

June 15, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Health care gets attention in 2016

Since over 20 percent of the state budget is spent on health care and human services, it is not surprising that 2016 saw a number of legislative initiatives focused on health care and a major increase in the investment in health care spending for Georgia citizens.

June 08, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


UGA AD does the right thing the right way

I haven't met UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity, but I give him high marks for the way in which he has handled the blowback from the ludicrous Ludacris debacle.

June 08, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Some good guys are leaving the playing field

We've spent a lot of time talking about people running for office this year, but I want to note the departure of a few who are running away from public office.

June 08, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Morgan has served community, hospital well for many years

The big news last week was the retirement of Norma Jean Morgan, the CEO of Effingham Health Services, which includes our growing hospital.

June 01, 2016 | By Ruth Lee | Opinion


What United Way is and what it does

Have you ever wondered what United Way does? Most people have seen the United Way logo on TV ads through our partnership with the NFL, or heard about our fundraising events through radio public service announcements. You know the logo, and you know it's associated with "good" things. But what good things? What does United Way really do in the communities of the Coastal Empire (Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, and specifically Effingham County)?

June 01, 2016 | By Julie Dickey | Opinion


Legislation affecting natural resources

• HB 1028-Sponsored by Tattnall's Rep. Bill Werkheiser, requires owners and operators of a solid waste landfill to notify local governments of any release of a contaminant which is likely to pose a danger to human health. The notice is required to be made within 14 days of that release. Notice of the release is required to be published in the legal organ of the county where the landfill is located.

June 01, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


What’s in a name? Ask Cameron

It is the policy of this modest and much-beloved columnist to give you in-depth analysis of the really important issues taking place in our nation. I will leave presidential politics to the New York Times who think their sweat doesn't stink and that guy on MSNBC who looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy. Here we cover just the big stuff.

June 01, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Voters like their incumbents after all

In the end, the political insurgency that supposedly would sweep incumbents out of office in last week's primaries turned out not to be much of an insurgency.

June 01, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Promoting justice and improving driver safety

This session, I had the privilege of helping pass legislation that I believe will help secure justice for crime victims and help enhance public safety for all Georgians. A summary of these legislative measures is set forth below, for your review and information:

May 25, 2016 | By state Rep. Jon Burns | 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


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

July 13, 2016 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion


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