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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.

Lawmakers hope to extend Medicaid for new moms despite budget cuts

By: - January 30, 2020

A push to lengthen the amount of time low-income moms can keep their Medicaid coverage after giving birth is quietly chugging along under the Gold Dome even as state lawmakers weigh tough budget cuts. Advocates are pushing for women to maintain coverage for a year after delivery. Today, they lose access after two months. Some […]

Revised ‘Right to Farm’ bill back, environmentalists still raise a stink

By: - January 29, 2020

A revamped version of a controversial bill framed last year as a protection for the state’s top industry – agriculture – is running into the same private property concerns that caused the measure to stall. The so-called “Right to Farm” bill would add new limitations for when nuisance complaints can be filed against farmers. A […]

Collins announces U.S. Senate bid after eyebrow-raising Gold Dome visit

By: - January 28, 2020

Georgia U.S. Rep. Doug Collins visited the Gold Dome Tuesday amid reports that he is preparing to challenge governor-appointed U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and as lawmakers push through a bill that would require her to survive a primary contest with Collins. But his brief message to reporters Tuesday was this: Stay tuned. Collins, who is […]

Senate finance chairman says he doesn’t ‘see the math’ for tax cut

By: - January 24, 2020

A key lawmaker has cast further doubt on the prospects of another Georgia income tax cut in a year when serious cuts to mental health, criminal justice and other state services are being considered. “I don’t see the math there right now without some changes to the budget to do it,” state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, […]

Agency head: ‘Painful’ cuts to mental health services due to budget crunch

By: - January 23, 2020

The head of the state agency tasked with helping one of Georgia’s most vulnerable populations said Gov. Brian Kemp’s mandated budget cuts cannot be made without scaling back services. “Painful” cuts are unavoidable in order to find the $34 million in savings this year and another $45 million next year, said Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of […]

Georgia AG joins GOP colleagues in urging Senate to reject impeachment

By: - January 22, 2020

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is among 21 attorneys general who are calling on the U.S. Senate to reject the Democrats’ case against President Donald Trump. The group of Republican state leaders filed a “friend of the Senate” letter Wednesday as the impeachment proceedings heated up in the Senate, with House impeachment managers outlining their […]

Georgia park projects axed as tax on outdoor gear comes up short

By: - January 22, 2020

Funding set aside for conservation projects across the state evaporated unexpectedly after state budget writers dramatically reduced their revenue projection constitutionally set aside for the program. An oversight board approved a tentative list of projects earlier this month that divvied up the nearly $33.4 million thought to be available next year for the grants, signing […]

Lawmakers now challenged to budget money for teachers, income tax cuts

By: and - January 17, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed spending plan for next year includes some universally popular items – such as another pay raise for public school teachers – but it must contend now with competing priorities and lawmakers’ concerns about budget cuts. The governor released next year’s budget – a record $28.1 billion budget – for next year […]

Kemp proposes funding the rest of teacher pay raise

By: - January 16, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp has included the rest of the $5,000 teacher pay raise that he promised on the campaign trail in next year’s budget, even as state officials are set to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in spending this year. “Let’s give our educators another well-deserved pay raise,” he said to applause. The $2,000 […]

Kemp sells his conservative agenda at business breakfast

By: - January 16, 2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp offered few clues for what will – or won’t – be found in the state’s new budget during an annual address to the state’s business leaders and elected officials. Rather, the Republican governor stuck to familiar talking points and divulged only slight hints of the legislative and spending priorities he plans […]

Lieutenant governor hints gambling bills are long shot this year

By: - January 14, 2020

Gambling proponents may have gone bust just one day into the new session, with one high-ranking state leader expressing skepticism about the desire for expanded opportunities in Georgia. Several key lawmakers spent the fall considering online sports betting, horse racing and casino-style gaming in Georgia, and although two panels have not officially endorsed a plan, […]

Online sales tax, other 2019 bills due for return engagement this year

By: - January 14, 2020

Facing the prospect of tough budget cuts, state lawmakers say they will move quickly to pass legislation that will require some popular third-party sellers to charge a sales tax on online purchases. It’s a change that could frustrate voters who have grown accustomed to tax-free online shopping on sites like Walmart.com and Etsy.com even as […]