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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 state revenues of $1.58 billion were 13.6 percent up over August of a year ago. The increase of $190 million for the month contained increased fuel tax collections totaling $43.6 million, highway impact fees of $844,000 and hotel/motel room fees totaling $14.9 million.

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 Bass Federation, which means he gets to work with young people across the land to introduce them to the joys of fishing through high school fishing clubs.

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, a ban on abortion, restrictions on gun purchases or legalization of marijuana?

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 projects each year. The state provides local governments with a number of different tools to assist in the completion and funding of local transportation projects across Georgia.

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 Metropolitan Pooler. That alone is rare. Skeeter doesn't call me much because he doesn't particularly care for those of us in the media. He thinks we add little value to society. That doesn't make him unique. According to my mail, quite a few others share his opinion.

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 for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that it violates her religious beliefs.

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 while attending high school.

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

Politicians are human beings, too

Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is a politician who's had a lot of things going his way.

September 08, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Two men who marched to their own drums

I love a great sense of humor, no matter what its source. That includes obituaries. Joe O'Connor, a Great American from Marietta, shared with me a couple of eulogies he thought I might enjoy reading. I did and I deemed them too good not pass along - edited for length but preserving their spirit.

September 08, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Free technical college education is a great deal

At June's grand opening of Lanier Technical College's new campus in Barrow County, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about one of the best educational opportunities available anywhere in the U.S.

September 08, 2015 | By state Rep. Terry England | Opinion

An eye-opening trip to Israel

Last week, I traveled on a mission with the American Israel Educational Foundation to Israel with several other Members of Congress as the Obama Administration attempts to finalize an agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal. While in Israel, I learned of the serious ramifications this deal could have on the only democracy in the Middle East, and our own national security, and so much more. I hope you will take a few moments to read this special edition of From Our Nation's Capitolchronicling my time in Israel.

September 02, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Can more funding be squeezed from the lottery?

The Georgia Lottery has been a nationally recognized success and Georgia's goals, administration and management have, over the years, proven successful and are a matter of pride in this state. I have been reluctant to join efforts to "force" through legislation goals for the Lottery and I have consistently supported any legislation asked for by the Commission.

September 02, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Another Internet hoax is perpetrated

There are millions of people who primarily receive their news and information through items that are posted on the internet or sent to them via email or text message.

September 02, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

A reminder of why teachers matter

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

September 02, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

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Other state post-employment benefits

Explaining OPEB is boring and hard to explain, it seems to me. People's eyes glaze over even more than normal when I speak about ...

November 24, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

What should state do with refugees?

Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.

November 24, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Are flat revenues a trend or bump?

It would be a fairly easy conclusion to jump to that the state is some kind of slide downward when most of the key elements ...

November 18, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

No place for the unsubstantiated and anonymous

I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my ...

November 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

College students, coaches get the upper hand

There was an interesting role reversal at the University of Missouri last week.

November 18, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Veterans Day was a feel good day

All of us need a feel good day, at least occasionally. Last Wednesday, was such a day and if you missed it, I'm sorry ...

November 18, 2015 | By Ruth Lee | Opinion

Victim services in Georgia

The role the government plays in locking up offenders is a frequently covered topic, but what can sometimes go unnoticed is the role government plays ...

November 10, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

A thank you to UGA for marital bliss study

There are many good things happening at my alma mater, the University of Georgia, these days. Unfortunately, not much of it is occurring on the ...

November 10, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Time to say goodbye to legendary Pinkie Master’s

From one of my favorite cities, Savannah, comes the sad news that Pinkie Master's Lounge will close at the end of the year.

November 10, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

More on criminal justice grants

In a previous column, we began to discuss some of the ways the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council affects criminal justice throughout the state. This week ...

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

Don’t mess with our porcine preferences

The history revisionists are still busy as a bee trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul ...

November 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

There’s no denying it’s getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 04, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Driving ahead with transportation

Transportation has always been the driving force of a thriving economy. And here in Georgia, the same holds true. Transportation touches the lives of everyone ...

November 04, 2015 | By Emily Dunn | Opinion

Is state’s economy about to hit pause button?

This column has chronicled Georgia's outstanding growth in revenues for the past year, noting the 6.4 percent growth rate for fiscal year 2015 ...

October 27, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Welcome to Georgia-Florida week

If you have just arrived in our fair state from some alien environment like the planet Krutopia or maybe Vermont, I need to explain to ...

October 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

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