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An effort to save rural Georgia

A group of legislators called the Rural Development Council spent several months looking for ideas to reverse the flow of people and businesses away from Georgia's rural counties.

December 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


An effort to save rural Georgia

A group of legislators called the Rural Development Council spent several months looking for ideas to reverse the flow of people and businesses away from Georgia's rural counties.

December 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


State audit looks at opioid crisis

Opioid disorder: Access

December 19, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


It's been the year of women in politics

It has been a good year for women in politics.

December 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Economy rebounds in November with 7.3 percent gain

The fifth month of the new Fiscal Year bounced back from a lackluster October with solid revenue gains in the November report. Overall, November revenues increased $124.6 million or 7.3 percent over November of a year ago. Altogether, the state took in $1.844 billion in November.

December 15, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


GBI's critical mission

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Division of Forensic Sciences (DOFS), often referred to as the Crime Lab, is a vital part of GBI's mission. The Division is the primary resource for all forensic testing in the State of Georgia. DOFS serves all local and state law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. Due to the increased reliance on forensics in the criminal justice system, DOFS has seen a large increase in workload over the last few years.

December 06, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


How to bring healthcare services to more Georgians

If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state's rural counties.

December 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Our constitutional rights should be protected

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution isn't just the numerical starter of these constitutional provisions. In many ways, it is the most important of the amendments.

November 30, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


'Thankful' for education

North Georgia cadet

November 30, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Loan forgiveness audit

ains the bulk of state-funded student scholarships, loan forgiveness programs make up an important part of our financial aid landscape. Loan forgiveness is an incentive typically used to recruit and retain individuals to high-need occupations or geographic areas. Loan forgiveness programs either provide student loans during school which can be forgiven if a service obligation is met (in-school programs) or offer repayment towards existing student loan debt if the individual practices a profession in certain places or fields (on-the-job programs).

November 17, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Democrats show signs of life in Georgia

Georgia Democrats have not had much to smile about in recent election cycles. Republicans have tended to dominate legislative races, and they also have a tight grip on all statewide offices.

November 17, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


A look at Georgia's Community Development Block Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is operated at the state level by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which uses federal funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The state CDBG program provides competitive grants to counties and municipal governments which are too small to be eligible for HUD's CDBG entitlement program; which grants funds directly to the large localities.

November 08, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Barnes shows that bipartisanship is still possible

Back in 2001 and 2002, there was no Democrat more hated by Georgia Republicans than Roy Barnes, who was then the state's governor.

November 08, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Georgia shows why coal industry is dying

Donald Trump promised throughout his presidential campaign that he would single-handedly halt the decline of the nation's coal industry and bring back lost jobs for coal miners.

October 18, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


September revenues positive

llion for September, the state returned to positive territory with a 3.1 percent increase. Individual Income Taxes grew 3.6 percent for the month and net Sales Taxes grew 3 percent. Corporate Income Taxes were up 8.8 percent and Title Ad Valorem taxes were down -11.3 percent. Title and Tag Fees were up slightly at 0.4 percent.

October 18, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


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Legislators attack a sheriff -- how strange!

It was a sight you very seldom see at the General Assembly – legislators, including Speaker David Ralston, openly attacking a Georgia sheriff.

February 21, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Stage legislature kicks into high gear

With both versions of the Amended FY 18 Budget passed and disagreements being worked out, both bodies began work in earnest on evaluating the Governor ...

February 21, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Money isn't everything but it sure helps

Money isn't everything in politics. The candidate who raises the most cash isn't always going to be the candidate who gets the most ...

February 14, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


First half of legislative session nearly over

sion approaches, committees began to consider some of the major legislation in both Houses and some important legislation reached each floor. The Amended Budget is ...

February 14, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Washington curse strikes again

Washington, D.C. has put a curse on prominent Georgians who go there to work for Donald Trump.

February 09, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Senate begins work on amended 2018 budget

The Amended Budget is basically a "true-up" budget where critical new needs are met, formulas like QBE are lined up with enrollment changes and certain ...

February 09, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Legislature in full swing

The third week of the 2018 Session of the General Assembly ended as the volume of legislation being introduced increased and work began in earnest ...

February 05, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Is pursuit of Amazon worth it?

The push to attract Amazon's second corporate headquarters continues, with no letup.

February 05, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Georgia's December revenues represent best all year

Georgia's revenues for December fulfilled the prophecy of the "Ten Reasons to be Optimistic" column and produced a break-out month showing an overall 10 ...

January 17, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Deal starts easing out of office

As they near the end of their last term, Georgia's governors usually start running out of gas.

January 17, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Letter from county administrator: We are working on road problems

Unfortunately, Winter Storm Grayson has caused significant damage to our road infrastructure, specifically our ash roads. This is a pervasive problem that is county wide ...

January 09, 2018 | Steve Davis | Opinion


What to look for politically speaking in 2018

This will be a year of major change in Georgia politics.

January 04, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


10 reasons to be optimistic in 2018

There have been years when it took some effort to find bright spots of optimism in the state to write about, especially during the recession ...

January 04, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Georgia's opioid crisis, part 2

One of the issues sure to be on the front-burner of the 2018 General Assembly will be the treatment and prevention of Opioid abuse. Last ...

December 27, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


PSC proves that 'you can't fix stupid'

When Georgia legislators passed a bill a few years ago to make fireworks legal, I remember talking to one of the bill's supporters.

December 27, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


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