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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.

Statewide poll finds tepid support for added income tax cut

By: - January 10, 2020

A new poll found lukewarm enthusiasm among Georgia voters for a plan to cut the state’s income tax rate when lawmakers are being asked to slash about $200 million from this year’s budget. The survey shows that about 42% of voters support the costly tax break when told the change would only save a family […]

Three qualify for February special election to fill late senator’s seat

By: - January 9, 2020

Three candidates will appear on the ballot in the special election called after the death of a south Georgia state senator. Carden Summers of Cordele and Jim Quinn of Leesburg will run as Republicans, and Mary Egler of Leesburg is the lone Democrat in the special contest set for Feb. 4, according to the Georgia Secretary […]

State audit says companies abuse generous film tax credit program

By: - January 8, 2020

A new state report delivered a searing critique of the state’s popular film tax credit, offering up a portrayal of a program with little guardrails or consequences for those who misreport spending or fail to provide required paperwork. The state’s audit of the 15-year-program, which is often credited with attracting the film industry to Georgia, […]

Lawmakers propose extended health care for new moms to stem deaths

By: - January 7, 2020

This story was updated at noon Tuesday with comments from state Rep. Sharon Cooper.  A push to ensure low-income new mothers have a year of health care coverage through Medicaid – as opposed to cutting off access for many of them two months after they give birth – is among the raft of proposed legislative […]

Wild Hog Supper an appetizer before legislative calendar fills up

By: - January 3, 2020

This story was updated at 11 a.m. Friday. The smell of barbecue will soon waft from the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta. For Georgia politicos, that means one thing: Lawmakers are about to return to the halls of the Gold Dome. For nearly six decades, the Wild Hog Supper has signified the official kickoff of the […]

Special election to fill south Georgia senate seat set for February

By: - January 2, 2020

This story has been updated to clarify that Jan. 9 is the last day for voters to register.  A special election is set for early February for a conservative south Georgia district to replace a state senator who died just days before Christmas. State Sen. Greg Kirk, an Americus Republican who was first elected in […]

Congressman John Lewis vows to fight after cancer diagnosis

By: - December 30, 2019

Civil Rights leader and long-time Georgia Congressman John Lewis says he has a “fighting chance” of overcoming his recent cancer diagnosis and plans to continue to serve his Atlanta district while he undergoes treatment. The 79-year-old announced Sunday evening that he was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer after a routine medical visit. “I […]

Limited Medicaid expansion proposal poised for federal review

By: - December 23, 2019

State officials made only slight changes to a proposal that would add about 50,000 new Georgians to the Medicaid rolls after hearing from hundreds of groups and people who raised concerns. More than 800 written comments poured in during a public airing of a proposal that would expand access to Medicaid for low-income adults who […]

Lawmakers eye new funding plan to expand rural broadband

By: - December 20, 2019

A key legislative group bent on lifting rural Georgia out of economic doldrums is gearing up for a fresh push to identify ways to pay for expanding broadband access in the state’s less populated areas. This comes on the heels of a failed effort earlier this year to fund broadband by expanding an existing tax […]

Early 2020 special election set to finish term of late Rep. Jay Powell

By: - December 19, 2019

Three candidates have qualified to run in a special election early next year that will decide who will finish out the term of the late state Rep. Jay Powell. Tommy Akridge and Joe Campbell will run as Republicans, and Jewell Howard is the lone Democrat in the race. Qualifying ended Wednesday afternoon for the south […]

State regulators approve hospital transparency rules

By: - December 16, 2019

A new slate of transparency rules for Georgia’s nonprofit hospitals is set to take effect next month after a regulatory board signed off on the rules in spite of objections from hospitals. The requirements come out of a new law that legislators passed this year that presses hospitals that enjoy tax-exempt status to publicly post […]

Commenters question state Medicaid waiver plan for work requirements

By: - December 13, 2019

About 1,000 written comments poured in during the first public airing of Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposals to slightly expand Medicaid under a now-delayed waiver application process. The governor announced the proposal – one of two federal waiver applications – at a press conference last month, kicking off a series of public meetings held around the […]