It's Christmas again, which means we were granted another year. Ben Franklin was right: "Time is the stuff life is made of." It behooves us to give thought to its swift passage.
All of us in business work hard to build repeat customers. It's a lot easier, and less expensive, to keep a customer than it is to attract a new one.
Visitors who come to Atlanta next month to see Gov. Nathan Deal take the oath of office for his second term will encounter a capitol complex that looks different from four years ago when Deal was first sworn in as the state's chief executive.
On Sept. 21, 1897, Francis Pharcellus Church of the New York Sun penned the response now known as "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus."
I wish I had been there. In Bethlehem.
Defined contribution plans help save money in the long run by reducing the amount that the state and taxpayers must contribute toward employees' retirement funds each year.
Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.
The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree that "something must be done."
In recent weeks, this column outlined the revenue shortfall reserve as a hallmark of Georgia's financial health. This week we take a look at another important state function, the state's retirement systems. Georgia's retirement systems are well-funded and currently serve over 375,000 active and 212,000 retired members.
Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, "Robbin' people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won." And rightfully so: Robbery is a crime. But what happens when it's the law doing the robbing and the law wins?
Can you hear me now?
Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.
You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.
November state revenues continued the strong showing so far in the fiscal year with the five-month total showing a gain of $358.9 million, compared to the five-month total of a year ago.
Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.
Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: what have they done for you?
As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. history test and the College Board which administers the tests.
The Senate and the House agreed on the fiscal year 2015 budget and Governor Deal signed it Feb. 19. The legislature passed the halfway, 20-day mark Monday, with adjournment scheduled for April 2.
We had a very active week with several important pieces of legislation passing the House. The first was the supplemental budget and the second was the Georgia Ports harbor expansion indemnifying bill. Both have been sent to the governor for his signature.
The first 19 days of the General Assembly's 2015 session are over, and we are running at full speed after the slower-paced start due to the inauguration of the governor and the welcoming of freshman legislators to the House of Representatives. Every two years, the House reorganizes itself as new members come in and others retire. And due to that reorganization, every bill has to be introduced initially, and then begin the committee process.
As the legislative session reached the halfway mark for 2015, there are signs of promising action from the General Assembly.
Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan last week to fix our low-performing public schools.
If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back.
The Senate passed the fiscal year 2015 amended budget, 54-1. The House and Senate will work out the few differences possibly without a conference committee.
It was good to visit with the Leadership Bulloch group in Atlanta this past Thursday. On Saturday in Sylvania, the annual Screven County Eggs and Issues event was held. It is always informative to hear from "home folks" on their perspectives on important issues. I value and welcome your input concerning legislation being considered in the General Assembly.
It has been a very busy week in the Georgia House of Representatives. Most importantly, we have decided on a timeline for the remaining 24 days of the session, which by law cannot go over 40 days. We have set March 13 as "crossover" day. This is the day when any legislation that will eventually become law must be passed by the House or Senate, thus allowing the other body 10 legislative days to pass the bill.
When it comes to handing out taxpayers' money, the governor and the General Assembly sometimes seem more willing to direct those funds to people who don't really need them instead of those who really do.
If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say that 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who after scoring a touchdown proceeded to mime pulling down his pants, squatting as if on a commode before dropping the ball to the ground as if defecating. The NFL fined Baldwin $11,000, which has to be chump change to this boor. Astonishingly, the incident has gotten very little mention in the media. You can bet this kind of obscene showboating will wend its ...
Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson delivered the state of the judiciary address to the General Assembly on Feb. 4, focusing on the achievements and challenges currently facing Georgia's judicial system. He highlighted Georgia's specialty courts and veterans' courts and their role as an alternative to prison for the state's non-violent offenders. Justice Thompson also celebrated Georgia's first Hispanic and Asian superior court judges in the state's history.
Last week in the Georgia House of Representatives, most of our time was spent in committee meetings vetting legislation. A subcommittee meeting regarding the transportation bill was held as we considered the pros and cons of possible solutions toward improving our infrastructure, roads and bridges.