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Loan forgiveness audit

ains the bulk of state-funded student scholarships, loan forgiveness programs make up an important part of our financial aid landscape. Loan forgiveness is an incentive typically used to recruit and retain individuals to high-need occupations or geographic areas. Loan forgiveness programs either provide student loans during school which can be forgiven if a service obligation is met (in-school programs) or offer repayment towards existing student loan debt if the individual practices a profession in certain places or fields (on-the-job programs).

November 17, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Democrats show signs of life in Georgia

Georgia Democrats have not had much to smile about in recent election cycles. Republicans have tended to dominate legislative races, and they also have a tight grip on all statewide offices.

November 17, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


A look at Georgia's Community Development Block Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is operated at the state level by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which uses federal funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The state CDBG program provides competitive grants to counties and municipal governments which are too small to be eligible for HUD's CDBG entitlement program; which grants funds directly to the large localities.

November 08, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Barnes shows that bipartisanship is still possible

Back in 2001 and 2002, there was no Democrat more hated by Georgia Republicans than Roy Barnes, who was then the state's governor.

November 08, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Georgia shows why coal industry is dying

Donald Trump promised throughout his presidential campaign that he would single-handedly halt the decline of the nation's coal industry and bring back lost jobs for coal miners.

October 18, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


September revenues positive

llion for September, the state returned to positive territory with a 3.1 percent increase. Individual Income Taxes grew 3.6 percent for the month and net Sales Taxes grew 3 percent. Corporate Income Taxes were up 8.8 percent and Title Ad Valorem taxes were down -11.3 percent. Title and Tag Fees were up slightly at 0.4 percent.

October 18, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Why would Amazon want to come to Georgia?

The business and political communities are all a-buzz at the news that Amazon, the Seattle-based retailing giant, is looking for a location to open a second headquarters.

October 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Georgia's pre-K program preparing successful students

This morning I had the opportunity to read to two different classes of Pre-k students and it reminded me of a study I had run into, but not read, gauging the quality of Georgia's Pre-K Program.

October 11, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


700 columns later ...

ek would be the 700th NOTES FROM THE SENATE, I was a little taken aback.

October 04, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Price is out, and that's not a bad thing

If ever there was a politician who embodied the quality of hypocrisy, it is Georgia's own Tom Price.

October 04, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


How to handle your child's irrational fears

Q: Over the past year, our 4-year-old has developed several fears that have become quite disruptive. It started with a fear of dogs, which is inconvenient given that there are lots of dogs in our neighborhood. Since then she's become afraid of noises at night, wind (she thinks a hurricane is coming), and dying in her sleep. Needless to say, she is anxious a lot of the time. We've talked to her, reassured her, and so on, but nothing has worked. She's becoming a wreck, and so am I. Should I take her to a counselor? If ...

September 27, 2017 | John Rosemond | Opinion


More on the Georgia Lottery

ttery, we examine transfers to education. Also, here is a look at Senate Bill 5 which would have placed some requirements on the Lottery to increase transfers to education, and lastly, review the highlights of the December 2016 Audit.

September 13, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Hurricanes show us who the hypocrites are

You may have heard this old saying: There are no atheists in foxholes.

September 13, 2017 | | Opinion


Another look at the lottery

In this week's column we will look at contract fees and the relationship between prize payout rates, transfers to the Georgia treasury, and pending legislation.

September 06, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


King's statue, finally, added to capitol grounds

When the funeral cortege of Martin Luther King Jr. passed near the Georgia state capitol in 1968, the state's segregationist governor, Lester Maddox, refused to acknowledge the event in any way. He did not close the schools in observance and he made sure the flags on the capitol building were not lowered to half-staff.

September 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

December 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


State audit looks at opioid crisis

Opioid disorder: Access

December 19, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


It's been the year of women in politics

It has been a good year for women in politics.

December 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Economy rebounds in November with 7.3 percent gain

The fifth month of the new Fiscal Year bounced back from a lackluster October with solid revenue gains in the November report. Overall, November revenues ...

December 15, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


GBI's critical mission

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Division of Forensic Sciences (DOFS), often referred to as the Crime Lab, is a vital part of GBI's ...

December 06, 2017 | Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


How to bring healthcare services to more Georgians

If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state ...

December 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Our constitutional rights should be protected

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution isn't just the numerical starter of these constitutional provisions. In many ways, it is the most ...

November 30, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


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