State budget revisions show cuts to child welfare, GBI positions

BY: - September 13, 2019

State lawmakers still plan to convene later this month for budget hearings. They just won’t hear from the state agency heads who have suggested where to find the governor’s mandated spending cuts, including through possible job cuts. The presence of department heads became a flash point in the ongoing process to shave 4% off the […]

Georgians split on party lines as U.S. House votes to ban offshore drilling

BY: - September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the U.S. coast — despite pushback from many Republicans. The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, blocking drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a […]

Initial state rural broadband mapping shows less coverage than FCC

BY: - September 12, 2019

A federal map shows Lumpkin County with just a smattering of dark zones where residents and business owners lack access to broadband internet access. But that has proven to be a rosy view of internet connections in this mountain community. State mapping now shows most of the north Georgia county living without broadband-level service, meaning […]

Ga. Board of Regents approves budget cuts to farming programs

BY: - September 11, 2019

Georgia university programs were trimmed by about $27 million over the next two years after the state Board of Regents voted to approve the staff’s recommendations. The regents’ vote, which happened with no public discussion Tuesday, cuts funding for several agricultural, medical and library programs. The state board oversees the university system’s 26 schools. The […]

Time running out for public to weigh in on Okefenokee area mining plan

BY: - September 11, 2019

A proposed mining operation near the Okefenokee Swamp is sparking a great deal of interest with thousands of organizations and people sounding off on the plan ahead of tomorrow’s public comment deadline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logged more than 12,000 public comments on the Twin Pines Minerals’ application to conduct deep-surface mining along […]

Ga. lawmakers split as U.S. House advances McBath ‘red flag’ bill

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday despite unified Republican opposition.  The committee voted along partisan lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation that would […]

University system’s rural programs on Board of Regents cut list today

BY: - September 10, 2019

Agricultural, medical and library programs run by Georgia’s state-funded universities are poised for budget cuts in response to the statewide belt tightening Gov. Brian Kemp ordered last month. In all, the University System of Georgia plans to shave around $11 million off its roughly $2.6 billion budget through next June, and another $16.5 million the […]

Hurricane-ravaged SW Ga. farmers cheered by federal aid news

BY: - September 10, 2019

Some of the long-awaited federal disaster relief funding will soon begin to make its way down to southwest Georgia farmers, arriving nearly a year after Hurricane Michael ripped through the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that producers can start signing up for a piece of the $3 billion aid package on Wednesday. […]

Opponents of Ga. ‘tampon tax’ vow to press lawmakers in 2020

BY: - September 9, 2019

Deborah McCarthy’s school district chipped in some money for tampons, pads and other period products, and when that didn’t cover the requests coming from her high school’s menstruating students, she would dip into her own wallet. And then this year, the Bibb County school nurse found help – a lot of it. She banded with […]

Cyber attack headaches linger at state patrol, other Ga. agencies

BY: - September 9, 2019

Cyber attacks that hit some state agencies in Georgia earlier this summer continue to ripple through the system, particularly for law enforcement and the courts. Meanwhile, security officials work to boost software safeguards and train thousands of employees to avoid triggering future attacks. Over the course of a month starting in late June, three separate […]

More transparency called for in Georgia Power coal ash cleanup

BY: - September 6, 2019

Georgia Power’s request for customer rate increases starting next year includes $525 million through 2022 to clean up potentially toxic coal ash ponds, a remediation process environmentalists say needs more transparency. The state’s largest electricity provider is preparing to plead its case to state regulators for a three-year overall rate hike of $2.2 billion. That […]

Kemp rebuffs legislators’ plan for budget cut input

BY: - September 6, 2019

An edict from Gov. Brian Kemp will prevent Georgia lawmakers from officially weighing in anytime soon on cuts to this year’s state budget that will affect more than half of the current year’s spending plan. It’s a decision that shows the governor’s muscle, but also likely puts him at odds with powerful members of his […]