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Volunteers clean tire dumps this summer, voters can add heft this fall

BY: - August 27, 2020

Last week, helpers from a high school football team helped the Chattahoochee River Keeper haul away 640 tires dumped along a Gwinnett County road near the river.  The plant overgrowth around the tires indicated a tire shop owner probably tossed them there years ago, said Kevin Jeselnik, the environmental group’s general counsel. It’s a recurring […]

Georgia House, Senate headed for joint budget negotiations

BY: - March 4, 2020

The Georgia Senate Wednesday approved a $27.4 billion amended budget with eight months already gone in the fiscal year and now changes must be reconciled in meetings with their House counterparts. Both chambers of the state Legislature propose to reverse some of the cuts in the budget Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled in January as state […]

State Senate set to join House push against governor’s budget cuts

BY: - March 3, 2020

Georgia’s state Senate, like the House, is moving toward a budget that spends a few million more than Gov. Brian Kemp recommends for public health, public defenders and some other key spending priorities. “What we tried to do was to look at service reductions and where we could, restore services that directly affected children, the […]

State economist tells lawmakers recession next year is as likely as not

BY: - September 27, 2019

Georgia’s new state economist warned state lawmakers Thursday that there is a fifty-fifty chance that a “mild recession” awaits next year, likely beginning early in the year. If that happens, the downturn would not be as severe as what was experienced a decade ago, when state lawmakers were forced to make deep cuts across the […]

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 […]