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Divided budgets still not a good idea

Frequent readers of the column may remember back last September two columns that covered Alabama's separate education budget. The columns explored the difficulties that earmarking funds can cause to limit the flexibility the state has to address shortfalls.

May 26, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Teachers open up on the future of public education

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in and the comments are still coming.

May 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

What’s the purpose of the university system?

The Board of Regents, which makes the decisions on how the University System is operated, voted April 14 to raise tuition rates at Georgia's public colleges by as much as 9 percent.

May 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

From our nation's Capitol

Monday, May 18: This past Saturday I had the honor of delivering the commencement address for the graduating class of Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island. This was my first commencement address since being elected to Congress, and it was truly a delight to share a few words with such a fine group of young people. It was especially good to catch up with Mike Temple, who currently serves as principal of the high school at Frederica and who coached all three of my sons in baseball at a high school in Savannah.

May 26, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Making military lives matter

Memorial Day weekend, as you've heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many overlook that Monday is, first and foremost, a special day set aside to remember those Americans who have died serving in our armed forces.

May 26, 2015 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion

A look at governor’s vetoes

Maybe it's a sign of better times, or a sign of clearer communication between the House, Senate Appropriations Committees and the governor's office, but there was only one veto of an appropriations from HB 76 when he signed the Appropriations Act in Statesboro last Monday.

May 19, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

GOP chooses the practical route

Georgia Republicans chose electoral pragmatism over ideological purity when they elected their state chairman last weekend, but it was a close call.

May 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

What Nobel Laureates should have incurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it.) Some of you wrote and asked me to reconsider my decision. I am humbled by your pledges of support but I don't want to broach the subject again with the Woman Who Shares My Name. She has access to a lot of broccoli and says she know where she can get more. I had best leave that alone.

May 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

The vulnerable gain protection

Both in funding and in legislation, issues facing human services, the disabled and the elderly were addressed by the Legislature this session. Legislation included the following:

May 12, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Governor shows he can create jobs — by himself

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a few.

May 12, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

A thank you note to teachers

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:

May 12, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Helping small businesses

Each year since 1963, Small Business Week is held to recognize the contributions of America's small businesses. In America, 99.7 percent of all employers are small businesses and they employ more than half of America's workforce. Responsible for more than half of our gross domestic product, small businesses are the backbone of our nation.

May 12, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Georgia gets students moving on

While you were distracted by this year's transportation funding or Opportunity School District debates - or possibly ignoring the Legislature entirely - Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and both parties in both chambers unanimously set a tiny pebble rolling from the top of the mountain known as public education.

May 12, 2015 | By Russ Moore | Opinion

Legislation bolsters education

While transportation legislation and funding along with issues such as medical marijuana took the headlines, important education legislation passed the Legislature this year and increased funding for education was a centerpiece of the fiscal year 2016 budget. High school students will have a wide array of opportunities from dual enrollment in colleges and universities to technical certification that will give them both a skill certification and a high school diploma.

May 05, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Transportation bill is a turning point for lawmakers

Gov. Nathan Deal has finally signed the bill that dominated most of the discussion and media coverage in this year's legislative session: HB 170, the transportation funding bill.

May 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

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Could more funding be squeezed out of the lottery?

As tuition rises and pressures continue on the HOPE Scholarship and Grant and the need for additional Pre-K slots continues to increase, the conversation usually ...

July 28, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

How Georgia measures up against other states

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us.

July 28, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

How to be a liberal in one angry letter

I want you to hear this from me rather than from Donald Trump. I have been outed. I am a "bed-wetting liberal." No longer can ...

July 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Eliminating sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood funding

In the wake of the tragic terrorist attack in Chattanooga, I cosponsored H.R. 3115, the Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act, to allow military ...

July 28, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

State sets record in monthly revenue

A solid June revenue total of $1.81 billion capped fiscal year 2015 with the highest revenue collections in the state's history, totaling $19 ...

July 22, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Lawmakers have an explosive issue on their hands

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend – literally.

July 22, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Blessed are the peacemakers who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time ...

July 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Little support for questionable Iran deal

In case you missed it, the Obama Administration announced an agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal this week and I asked you to let me ...

July 22, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

The dignity of work

For most people, chronic homelessness among men would not be the first choice among problems to tackle in inner-city Atlanta. Millions of dollars in government ...

July 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion

Budget restores Medicaid rates

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law in 2010 by President Obama, it included many provisions to expand Medicaid ...

July 14, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Business wins over tradition

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes.

July 14, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Island’s deer glad they are now official

In the midst of all the turmoil over recent Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage as well as the furor over the Confederate ...

July 14, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

The next frontier for private property rights

Susette Kelo was minding her own business when the city of New London, Conn., set its sights on her home. The city wanted to take ...

July 14, 2015 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion

Not enough has changed

Though it sits just 90 miles to our southernmost point, travelling to Cuba is like traveling back in time. On a recent mission there. I ...

July 14, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Expanding autism care in Georgia

Over the past several years, efforts to increase autism awareness and provide and expand treatment coverage have been a top priority of Georgia legislators and ...

July 07, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

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