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Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008. Her written work and data journalism has appeared in online and print outlets including The (Macon) Telegraph, Creative Loafing and SaportaReport.com.

Georgia’s state agencies nearly recovered from last year’s cyberattack

By: - January 27, 2020

Updated Jan. 28 About six months later and $750,000 poorer, Georgia is nearly back to normal after online attacks that blocked law enforcement officers and the public from accessing electronic records used to settle legal questions. But the money went to pay cyberattack insurance deductibles, not ransoms. Over the last few months, all Georgia State […]

Kemps, law enforcement escalate sex trafficking fight

By: - January 23, 2020

Georgia’s first couple has made a priority of fighting the selling of children for sex almost since the day they entered the governor’s mansion in 2019. But it’s the kind of evil that needs fighting — and healing — from a number of angles. Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp announced this week […]

Economy, 2018 tax cut, budget trims keep lid on Kemp’s spending plan

By: - January 22, 2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he’s proud of the cuts he calls “common-sense savings” in his newly crafted state spending plan for next year. The cuts come as his state economist said slow economic growth and Georgia’s flirtation with full employment are going to limit new state revenues. Kemp said agency budget-cutting moves include giving […]

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 […]

Federal comments on Georgia Medicaid plan can shape results

By: - January 17, 2020

The federal government wants to hear what Georgians think about a state proposal to subsidize health insurance for more state residents — who work, or are in school or volunteer jobs. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s office calculates his proposed slight expansion of Medicaid would insure health care costs for about 50,000 low-income Georgians currently without […]

Auditors: Georgia is No. 1 state for blockbuster film tax credit giveaways

By: - January 15, 2020

A top Georgia Republican called damning state audits of Georgia’s generous film tax credit program “alarming,” though so far, the reports released this month are producing calls for reform, not repeal. Yet critical audits, high costs to the state treasury and tight labor markets are some of the forces that drove other states to cut […]

State lawmakers dust off decades-old ERA debate

By: - January 14, 2020

A group of Georgia state lawmakers says it’s time to approve a 1972 U.S. constitutional amendment that aims to bar discrimination on the basis of sex. “It’s just amazing in my mind … that here we are in 2020 and we have to debate over this issue,” said state Rep. Billy Mitchell, a Stone Mountain […]

Georgia House Republicans say big pharmacy managers cause pain

By: - January 13, 2020

The prescription drug cards in many Georgians’ pockets could come courtesy of companies that Georgia House Republicans say are fleecing people and the government. The state House GOP caucus is threatening new regulations on those so-called pharmacy benefit managers. Health insurance companies hire them to administer their drug plans and negotiate better prices. But the […]

New Georgia House gatekeeper knows insurance, health care

By: - January 8, 2020

Richard Smith just got one of the most important and unknown jobs in Georgia politics. He’s the new chairman of the Georgia House Rules Committee, which decides if a bill gets to the Georgia House floor for a vote. If Smith doesn’t see the point of a bill, that hurts its prognosis. The Columbus Republican […]