The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness took a swing at fixing Georgia's outdated tax system and hit a triple.
The phone was ringing off the wall. Ring-a-lingling ... Ring-a-lingling.... I was not going to hurry what was occupying my time at the moment ... let's just say it involved "toilet paper" ... so I decided to just let the phone ring. Sometimes it is not worth the burst of energy it takes to leap across the room to retrieve a call. After a few loud chimes, it stopped. About a minute later it started ...
To our readers: State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) will be reporting each week during the Legislative Session. The session began Jan. 10 and is expected to last until the latter days of March.
Now that the 2011 session of the Georgia General Assembly is under way, it is clear that our elected leaders will be working diligently to improve our state's economy and create new jobs. While tax collections have steadily risen over the past few months, unemployment remains high, and we still face a long road to recovery.
1,744. That's roughly the population of the lovely town of Darien on Georgia's coast; or of Richland in Stewart County - home of the annual Pig Fest barbeque festival.
Jan. 24 marked the beginning of the third week of the 2011 legislative session. Traditionally the third week is a time when committees begin to meet to review and discuss legislation. It is required that each bill be read on the House floor before it passes through the committee process with hopes of returning to the House floor for final deliberation.
SB5: Allows Department of Driver Services to purchase radio frequency medical ID tags to embed into drivers' licenses and establishes penalties for their misuse. SB 7: Precludes payment of workers' compensation benefits to illegal workers. SB 8: Requires a third party audit of state agencies for FY2008 through FY2011 and then every year afterwards to recover overpayments to vendors. SB9: Allows the governor to delay implementation of a federal cap and trade measure until an ...
During the first week of the General Assembly's 2011 legislative session, Gov. Nathan Deal delivered his State of the State Address and presented his amended budget for the fiscal year 2011 and the fiscal year 2012.
On Jan. 7, the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness submitted its much-anticipated report to the lieutenant governor and Speaker of the House.
The budget year that everyone has worried about is here and maybe the next bright spot is that tax collections are predicted to grow by 6 percent for FY2012 starting next July.
Not to burst anyone's bubble or anything, but I was reading an article recently about a number of senior citizens who have committed suicide or "murder'"in the last couple of months.
To our readers: State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) will be reporting each week during the legislative session. The session began Jan. 10 and is expected to last until the latter days of March.
According to Georgia's Constitution, the Georgia General Assembly is required to convene for its annual 40-day legislative session each year on the second Monday in January. After a major winter storm covered much of our state in a blanket of snow and ice, many Georgia schools and businesses were forced to close. However, that was not an option at the state capitol. Our state constitution and laws do not allow the General Assembly a snow day. ...
It's time we start touting the great things happening in Effingham County. January 2011, three newly elected county commissioners took office in the hopes of providing new ideas, positive changes, and mostly more jobs and lower taxes. I intend to do everything possible to make that a reality. I hate addressing ugly misinformation. Yet, the taxpayers deserve the truth. Not what's twisted, and handed to lawyers usually on the taxpayers' backs, often costing hundreds of thousands ...
State revenues took a jump in one of the two months normally associated with the Christmas buying season, gaining 10.9 percent over December 2009 for a total for the month of $1.55 billion, or up $152.8 million. Don't remember a month anywhere near this increase for at least the past two years when virtually every month was under the same month a year before. Later in the column, we will try to put this six-month ...
If you could check a box on your monthly electric bill that could save you extra money, would you?
The Republican Party delegates who gathered in Athens for their annual state convention heard a cautionary message from Gov. Nathan Deal about the future of the GOP.
Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:
Governor Deal released only five veto statements and two signing statements as the signing deadline ended May 7.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) held a public hearing to solicit comments on the draft wastewater permit for King American Finishing (KAF) located in Screven County. The hearing was held at the Effingham County High School in Springfield and, although I was not there, I understand it was well attended.
The extent that a business effectively utilizes new technology is a measure of the company's profitability. The critical issue for many companies today is filling their new jobs with talented people who can think critically and have real-world expertise in the latest technology.
Often, sometimes too often, we like to paint the picture of the sides to an issue as good guys vs. bad guys. It helps us identify which side to support in an argument or a contest or a confrontation.
Until last week, Georgia had been one of only three remaining states that put absolutely no limits on how much money lobbyists could spend to influence the passage or defeat of legislation in a General Assembly session.
David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary. Say what?
April state revenues totaled $1.7 billion with a gain over 2012 of some $201.1 million for the month. This is the second largest month in five years. January and April 2013 were the highest-revenue months since 2008. So this is encouraging.
Few things have made me feel older than the news in last week's Herald that Walt's Furniture is closing.
Most of them are small, although there are two or three larger ones with pictures of my show calves and me. All of them are slightly yellowed and somewhat worn by the weight of many years.
It's no secret that politicians often make mistakes - a lot of them.
This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.
HB 283 started out as a Title 20 (Education) clean-up bill that also put into code the changes recommended by the Education Finance Commission last year. In the end, it contained a number of provisions, some controversial, in a 35-page bill.