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Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin has spent nearly 15 years reporting on state and local government in four states, focusing on policy and political stories and tracking public spending. She has spent the last five years chasing stories in the halls of Georgia’s Gold Dome, earning recognition for her work showing the impact of rising opioid addiction on the state’s rural communities. She is a graduate of Troy University.

House Speaker unveils broad legislation to improve access to mental health aid

By: - January 26, 2022

A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by the highest-ranking Republican in the House unveiled a proposal Wednesday designed to begin the work of lifting Georgia from near the bottom when it comes to access to mental health treatment. House Speaker David Ralston, a Blue Ridge Republican, told a large crowd assembled at the state Capitol […]

Advocates for increased mental health services rally at Capitol for more support

By: - January 24, 2022

There was a time when Jasmine Turner was reluctant to talk about her recovery from addiction. But today, the Sandy Springs mom says she wants to share her story with anyone who will listen. Or in this case, any observant motorist who looks up. Turner is one of more than a dozen Georgians in recovery […]

Atlanta Mayor takes opposition to Buckhead split to state Capitol

By: - January 24, 2022

Atlanta’s new mayor, Andre Dickens, brought his campaign to keep Georgia’s capital city intact to the lawmakers who have backed the Buckhead secession movement. Dickens spoke to both legislative chambers at the state Capitol Monday, including the state Senate where a GOP-led bill letting Buckhead residents vote this November on seceding from Atlanta has likely […]

Georgia sues Biden administration over rejected Medicaid work requirement

By: - January 21, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp has followed through on his threat to sue the Biden administration over its recent decision to reject major elements of the governor’s health care plan. Kemp argues his plan to slightly expand Medicaid should be allowed to move forward as originally envisioned since it was approved by the Trump administration in late […]

Georgia’s boom should soon slow to ‘more normal pace,’ state economist says

By: - January 18, 2022

The state economist predicts Georgia’s economic growth will slow this year as federal coronavirus aid dries up and the state’s economy works to pick up the slack. “Not a recession, just a slowdown as we sort of struggle with replacing all the free money with actual productive income earned in the economy, but we should […]

Governor pitches more spending for education, health care in election year budget

By: and - January 13, 2022

The state budget will swell under Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed spending plan as a surge in revenues clears the way for the rest of a promised teacher pay raise, a salary hike for state workers and $1.6 billion in refunds for taxpayers. The governor, who is in a tough reelection battle, released his proposed $30.2 […]

Kemp to propose tax refund for Georgians, no taxes on veteran retirement income

By: - January 12, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp is set to propose $1.6 billion in refunds for taxpayers and the elimination of the tax on retirement income for military veterans as the state sits on a record budget surplus. And the governor said he remained open to proposals to cut the state’s income tax, which has been cut twice in […]

Georgia Power coal ash storage plans in limbo after new EPA crack down

By: - January 11, 2022

The Biden administration unveiled federal coal ash plans Tuesday that could complicate Georgia Power’s plans to leave massive piles of coal ash in unlined pits, where the toxic waste left behind after decades of burning coal for energy sits in groundwater. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced several proposed steps on coal ash, including […]

Ga. congressional Dems urge feds to end Kemp’s plan to skirt healthcare.gov

By: - January 6, 2022

This story was updated at 9 p.m. Thursday with comment from the governor’s office.  Georgia’s congressional Democrats are asking the Biden administration to abandon the governor’s plan to bypass healthcare.gov, calling the move “callous and cruel.” Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to divert consumers looking for insurance to a privately run process is part of a […]

Ga. legislators plan push to insure mental health on par with physical coverage

By: - January 5, 2022

A little-known federal law passed when President George W. Bush occupied the White House requires insurers to give behavioral health care equal footing with medical benefits.   That means, if a person’s co-pay is $10 to have chest pains checked out by a medical doctor, then an insurer that offers mental health coverage cannot charge a […]

Kemp will challenge feds’ decision to reject key parts of his Medicaid plan

By: - December 27, 2021

The state will challenge the federal government’s recent decision to reject major elements of Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to slightly expand Medicaid in Georgia. The future of the Republican governor’s health care plan has been uncertain since earlier this year when the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services raised concerns about a work requirement […]

Rivian’s $5B EV manufacturing plant set to start in east Georgia by spring 2022

By: - December 17, 2021

Shane Short doesn’t own an electric vehicle. Yet. “I’m probably going to be driving an electric truck in about two years,” said Short, an official with the local joint development authority that just helped land one of the biggest economic development projects in Georgia history. Two years is about how long it’s expected to take […]