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Money isn't everything but it sure helps

Money isn't everything in politics. The candidate who raises the most cash isn't always going to be the candidate who gets the most votes.

February 14, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


First half of legislative session nearly over

sion approaches, committees began to consider some of the major legislation in both Houses and some important legislation reached each floor. The Amended Budget is nearing completion as the Senate version will be considered and differences will be worked out with the House. The House is hard at work considering the FY 2019 Budget.

February 14, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Washington curse strikes again

Washington, D.C. has put a curse on prominent Georgians who go there to work for Donald Trump.

February 09, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Senate begins work on amended 2018 budget

The Amended Budget is basically a "true-up" budget where critical new needs are met, formulas like QBE are lined up with enrollment changes and certain one-time projects are funded. This is per the Senate's "Principles of Budgeting" originated by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle a number of years ago that brought some discipline to the "small budget" that completes the fiscal year. Quick Review: The Amended Budget adds $313.0 million to the FY 2018 Budget, about 2.3 percent.

February 09, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Legislature in full swing

The third week of the 2018 Session of the General Assembly ended as the volume of legislation being introduced increased and work began in earnest on the Amended Budget. Floor activity is normally slow until standing committees began to pass out bills left from the 2017 Session and to consider legislation introduced this Session.

February 05, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Is pursuit of Amazon worth it?

The push to attract Amazon's second corporate headquarters continues, with no letup.

February 05, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Georgia's December revenues represent best all year

Georgia's revenues for December fulfilled the prophecy of the "Ten Reasons to be Optimistic" column and produced a break-out month showing an overall 10.0 percent gain for the month over December of last year. Revenues totaled $2.264 billion with a gain of $206.1 million.

January 17, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Deal starts easing out of office

As they near the end of their last term, Georgia's governors usually start running out of gas.

January 17, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Letter from county administrator: We are working on road problems

Unfortunately, Winter Storm Grayson has caused significant damage to our road infrastructure, specifically our ash roads. This is a pervasive problem that is county wide on most of the roads made from ash.

January 09, 2018 | Steve Davis | Opinion


What to look for politically speaking in 2018

This will be a year of major change in Georgia politics.

January 04, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


10 reasons to be optimistic in 2018

There have been years when it took some effort to find bright spots of optimism in the state to write about, especially during the recession. Not this year. Georgia enters 2018 with solid progress under its belt from the past few years and economists see a bright future in 2018 for the state. Even if the job growth is not as good as in 2016 and 2017, compared to almost any state around the country, Georgia is uniquely positioned to continue to grow personal income, create jobs and take its place as a leading economic force in the country.

January 04, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Georgia's opioid crisis, part 2

One of the issues sure to be on the front-burner of the 2018 General Assembly will be the treatment and prevention of Opioid abuse. Last week this column looked at Georgia's ongoing crisis that is affecting an estimated 180,000 Georgians. A November, 2017 State Audit identified the scope of the crisis and outlined some issues with MAT or Medication Assisted Treatment. The three medications utilized in MAT are Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone.

December 27, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


PSC proves that 'you can't fix stupid'

When Georgia legislators passed a bill a few years ago to make fireworks legal, I remember talking to one of the bill's supporters.

December 27, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


An effort to save rural Georgia

A group of legislators called the Rural Development Council spent several months looking for ideas to reverse the flow of people and businesses away from Georgia's rural counties.

December 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


An effort to save rural Georgia

A group of legislators called the Rural Development Council spent several months looking for ideas to reverse the flow of people and businesses away from Georgia's rural counties.

December 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


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Revenues negative for month -- what gives?

Just when we had grown accustomed to accelerated revenue growth (6.2 percent) for the year and the state was riding a wave of positive ...

April 18, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Will the blue wave wash over Georgia?

The pundits say that a blue wave is coming in this year's elections.

April 18, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Rural Georgia gets legislative attention, funding

The plight of Rural Georgia has been the subject of discussion from time to time over the years, but when preliminary population figures began to ...

April 11, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Beware of political rhetoric on the campaign trail

Now that the legislative session has ended, the candidates are fanning out across the state as they run for statewide office or for another term ...

April 11, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


The end is in sight

As the 2018 Session of the General Assembly wound down, the Senate finished work on the FY 2019 General Budget and a conference committee was ...

March 30, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Miller left his mark on Georgia

Zell Bryan Miller, the late governor and senator from Georgia, was known throughout his political career by the nickname "Zig-Zag Zell." It was a moniker ...

March 30, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidates are mostly wealthy

Do you have to be wealthy to run for governor?

March 21, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


February revenues continue positive trend

The state's revenues grew 4.8% in February, continuing a positive trend as the state enters the tax refund season. Individual Income Taxes grew ...

March 21, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Tax cut plan insures taxpayers keep all federal refunds

There has been a lot written about the federal tax cut and how some states might experience a windfall and wind up keeping part of ...

February 28, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Did Deal just hand the governor's race to Cagle?

As Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and House Speaker David Ralston faced the crowd at a capitol news conference last week, they were ...

February 28, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Legislators attack a sheriff -- how strange!

It was a sight you very seldom see at the General Assembly – legislators, including Speaker David Ralston, openly attacking a Georgia sheriff.

February 21, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Stage legislature kicks into high gear

With both versions of the Amended FY 18 Budget passed and disagreements being worked out, both bodies began work in earnest on evaluating the Governor ...

February 21, 2018 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


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