As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.
On June 8, the state sold $1.37 billion (net $1.026 billion) in bonds for projects around the state. The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission approved the bids and handled the sale. The state has so consistently done well selling bonds and maintaining its AAA bond rating from all three underwriters that we may take this success for granted, but that would be far from the truth.
I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag. They sure don't do it for the financial reward. That, we save for semi-articulate professional athletes and Hollywood liberals who earn obscene amounts of money pretending to be someone else.
Revenues totaling $1.56 billion for May complete 11 months of a very successful year for the state. Revenues grew at a strong 9.9 percent rate and when the new highway revenue funds are subtracted, the growth rate is still at a healthy 4.1 percent growth for the month. Corporate income taxes were negative at -10.8 percent.
I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed to talk first with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield, Georgia.
During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was just another backbencher in a Senate dominated by bitter fights between party leaders.
Since over 20 percent of the state budget is spent on health care and human services, it is not surprising that 2016 saw a number of legislative initiatives focused on health care and a major increase in the investment in health care spending for Georgia citizens.
Have you ever wondered what United Way does? Most people have seen the United Way logo on TV ads through our partnership with the NFL, or heard about our fundraising events through radio public service announcements. You know the logo, and you know it's associated with "good" things. But what good things? What does United Way really do in the communities of the Coastal Empire (Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, and specifically Effingham County)?
• HB 1028-Sponsored by Tattnall's Rep. Bill Werkheiser, requires owners and operators of a solid waste landfill to notify local governments of any release of a contaminant which is likely to pose a danger to human health. The notice is required to be made within 14 days of that release. Notice of the release is required to be published in the legal organ of the county where the landfill is located.