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Budget shows what the state really wants to do

Budget shows what the state really wants to do

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in rec... » Read More
State of the column has never been better

State of the column has never been better

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message... » Read More
What to expect — from this column

What to expect — from this column

As you know, during the year, this column examines mostly budget-related issues as well as other governmental areas along with occasional topics. During the General Assembly, this format changes an... » Read More
Governor lays out his priorities for the General Assembly

Governor lays out his priorities for the General Assembly

I am honored and humbled to represent you again in the Georgia House of Representatives. As with the start of each new General Assembly, we took the oath of office on Jan. 12. The 180 members, some... » Read More
Transportation, education still top issues

Transportation, education still top issues

As the 2015 General Assembly was gaveled into session, there was much activity as we took the oath of office, elected our leadership, and then proceeded to watch the inauguration of Gov. Nathan Dea... » Read More
A window of opportunity to get transportation funding right

A window of opportunity to get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk o... » Read More
Lesson No. 1: Learn to keep your promises

Lesson No. 1: Learn to keep your promises

When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and... » Read More
Macon legislator on a mission

Macon legislator on a mission

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed... » Read More
Are revenues a spike or a trend?

Are revenues a spike or a trend?

December state revenues came in with a big gain for the month, $158 million, or a 9 percent growth rate on revenues totaling $1.9 billion. This makes December 2014 the highest revenue December in a... » Read More
A busy 40 days begin under Gold Dome

A busy 40 days begin under Gold Dome

On Monday, the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly formed and organized at the State Capitol in Atlanta. I am deeply honored to be able to represent you in the House of Representatives and... » Read More
Settling into the nation’s capital

Settling into the nation’s capital

Monday, Jan. 5: After a wonderful ceremonial swearing-in yesterday at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, where my family and I have worshipped since 1980, it's time to board a flight to Was... » Read More
Tough challenges lie ahead this year

Tough challenges lie ahead this year

In a little less than a week, Georgia legislators will convene a new session for 2015 and Gov. Nathan Deal will follow shortly after by taking the oath of office for his second term as the state's ... » Read More
A big stack of mail can hold a treasure

A big stack of mail can hold a treasure

What's the first thing you do when you get to your workplace? » Read More
They’ll love you when it matters

They’ll love you when it matters

I know. It's considered abuse. Modern psychology and the American Academy of Pediatrics have won the spanking debate. Common sense has lost and so have children. » Read More
Some advice from an old man

Some advice from an old man

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: » Read More
Reflections on past ‘optimistic’ columns

Reflections on past ‘optimistic’ columns

We published our "10 reasons to be optimistic" column last week, and I mentioned I started doing that during the recession. This year, I went back and reread previous "10 reasons" columns dating ba... » Read More
Seeing the year out with some good people

Seeing the year out with some good people

It's clear that politicians and political institutions are not very popular with the general public. » Read More
Ten reasons to be optimistic

Ten reasons to be optimistic

This "10 Reasons" column began during the dark days of the recession, when there was little reason for optimism. Economists were being proven wrong about the depth and longevity of the recession, a... » Read More
Potato Bowl looking like 2015 high mark

Potato Bowl looking like 2015 high mark

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knoc... » Read More
Love, marriage and hope

Love, marriage and hope

My wife and I welcomed a new member to our family on Dec. 13 as our middle son married his college sweetheart whom he has dated for the past nine years. She is from New Orleans and the wedding too... » Read More
Why can’t every day be like Christmas?

Why can’t every day be like Christmas?

It's Christmas again, which means we were granted another year. Ben Franklin was right: "Time is the stuff life is made of." It behooves us to give thought to its swift passage. » Read More
Everyone has potential to be a customer

Everyone has potential to be a customer

All of us in business work hard to build repeat customers. It's a lot easier, and less expensive, to keep a customer than it is to attract a new one. » Read More
A new face for the state Capitol

A new face for the state Capitol

Visitors who come to Atlanta next month to see Gov. Nathan Deal take the oath of office for his second term will encounter a capitol complex that looks different from four years ago when Deal was f... » Read More

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

On Sept. 21, 1897, Francis Pharcellus Church of the New York Sun penned the response now known as "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." » Read More
I wish I had been there in Bethlehem

I wish I had been there in Bethlehem

I wish I had been there. In Bethlehem. » Read More
A look at the state retirement system

A look at the state retirement system

Defined contribution plans help save money in the long run by reducing the amount that the state and taxpayers must contribute toward employees' retirement funds each year. » Read More
Friendships are the gift that keep giving

Friendships are the gift that keep giving

Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are alwa... » Read More
Could transportation funding in state  hit a roadblock?

Could transportation funding in state hit a roadblock?

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree that "something must be done." » Read More
A look at Georgia’s public retirement systems

A look at Georgia’s public retirement systems

In recent weeks, this column outlined the revenue shortfall reserve as a hallmark of Georgia's financial health. This week we take a look at another important state function, the state's retirement... » Read More
Outlaw policing for profit in state

Outlaw policing for profit in state

Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, "Robbin' people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won." And rightfully so: Robbery is a crime. But what happens when it's the law doing the robbing... » Read More
Misunderstood text messages can lead to trouble

Misunderstood text messages can lead to trouble

Can you hear me now? » Read More
Georgia, the land of opportunity

Georgia, the land of opportunity

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law. » Read More
Progress in state’s charter school efforts

Progress in state’s charter school efforts

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter sc... » Read More
Revenue gains holding up

Revenue gains holding up

November state revenues continued the strong showing so far in the fiscal year with the five-month total showing a gain of $358.9 million, compared to the five-month total of a year ago. » Read More
Change is coming, but slowly

Change is coming, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state. » Read More
In Bora Bora, no one cares about football

In Bora Bora, no one cares about football

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got in from bottle to pri... » Read More
Rainy day fund a key to state’s prosperity

Rainy day fund a key to state’s prosperity

Having a healthy reserve is seen as a cushion against dips in the economy and provides reassurance to bond underwriters that Georgia will address any contingencies that arise. » Read More
Learning the ropes at the Capitol

Learning the ropes at the Capitol

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation. » Read More


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