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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.

Buttigieg pitches $1.7 trillion plan in Georgia tour of planes and trains

By: - May 21, 2021

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Atlanta Friday to highlight President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure plan even as the president agreed to scale back his ambition. Biden unveiled a $1.7 trillion counteroffer Friday afternoon as he tries to win over Republicans who have scoffed at the level of spending and reach of the proposal. That is […]

Trump critic Lt. Gov. Duncan says he won’t run for reelection in 2022

By: - May 17, 2021

A high-ranking GOP critic of former President Donald Trump officially announced Monday that he will not seek another term. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan’s public announcement Monday makes his decision official and throws open Georgia’s 2022 lieutenant governor’s race. Duncan has held the role since 2018, when the former professional baseball pitcher upset the establishment party […]

Kemp nixes plan to create legislatively appointed chief labor officer

By: - May 10, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp has struck down the Legislature’s attempt to create a new high-level staffer who would share duties with the state’s elected labor commissioner. “While I understand the frustration that many in our state have felt regarding the backlog of unemployment claims, (this bill) proposes significant infringement on the separations of powers guaranteed by […]

Georgia advocates push for feds to do more to reduce tailpipe emissions

By: - May 7, 2021

Advocates and a pair of local Georgia officials are urging adoption of clean car standards and called on federal leaders to do more to pave the way for widespread adoption of low-emission vehicles. The Biden administration is currently negotiating a proposal to reduce tailpipe emissions after former President Donald Trump rolled back Obama-era standards meant […]

Gov. Kemp signs off on three-weeks paid parental leave for state workers

By: - May 5, 2021

About 250,000 state employees will be eligible for three weeks paid parental leave after Gov. Brian Kemp signed off on the new benefits Wednesday. The legislation grants paid parental leave to state workers, including K-12 teachers and others, after the birth of their newborn or after they have adopted or started fostering a child. “By […]

Kemp signs ‘mixed bag’ legislation to review tax breaks, add some more

By: - May 5, 2021

This story was updated at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.  Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a measure creating a limited process for reviewing tax credits while also adding more special-interest tax breaks. A pair of legislative leaders can now ask auditors to take a critical look at whether the state is benefiting from the tax […]

Georgetown study suggests Georgia should take Medicaid expansion deal

By: - April 29, 2021

The cashier checking you out at the local grocery store, the person cleaning your home or the server taking your order at your favorite restaurant – they are all likely toiling without health insurance, according to a new report. A new analysis from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families used U.S. Census data to paint a […]

Stone Mountain’s Confederate tributes could undergo makeover

By: - April 26, 2021

Long-sought changes may be coming to state-owned Stone Mountain Park as officials search for middle ground in the raging debate over the Confederate tributes found throughout the park. Under pressure from advocates pushing for a transformed park and from corporate sponsors, park officials have proposed a plan that would move the Confederate flags near the carving and […]

American Lung Association report says air in Georgia cities unhealthy

By: - April 21, 2021

About four in 10 people nationally are breathing unhealthy air in spite of progress made in curbing pollution, including slight gains here in Georgia, according to a new report. The annual “State of the Air” report, released Wednesday by the American Lung Association, captures a three-year period before the COVID-19 pandemic cleared Atlanta’s roadways of a […]

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson leads Dem’s Supreme Court expansion proposal

By: - April 15, 2021

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson is part of a new public push to expand the U.S. Supreme Court that proponents argue is necessary to rebalance the nation’s highest court. The Lithonia Democrat joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York and other congressional Democrats in front of the Supreme Court building Thursday to announce […]

Georgia environmentalists score scrappy Capitol win on trust funds

By: - April 14, 2021

Environmental advocates rounded up 500 scrap tires and set to work building a rubber replica of the Gold Dome in the shadow of the real thing as the 2017 legislative session was underway. It was christened the “scrapitol,” complete with painted gold tires sitting atop the carefully constructed mound that conjured up images of the […]

Georgia’s Carr and 21 other state AGs call for halt to D.C. statehood push

By: - April 13, 2021

Georgia’s top prosecutor has joined a coalition of GOP attorneys general in opposing the push for Washington D.C. to become a state. Attorney General Chris Carr co-authored a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leadership expressing “serious concerns” about reports that Biden and others have backed D.C.’s campaign for statehood. “This coalition has one […]