Even with the stock market reaching all-time highs and many Americans smiling at the look of their 401(k) valuations, storm clouds are gathering in Washington and abroad that may mean higher costs for investors, lower returns in the long run, and less freedom to cash out when that rainy day comes.
For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.
For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.
It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a quick cure.
Georgia is the fourth-largest state, with nearly 10 million people and growing. As concentrated as part of the state is around Atlanta and as spread out as the rest of the state is, it is little wonder that there is a long list of transportation needs that grows larger as the state grows and the projects become more expensive as inflation increases the costs year after year.
The regional transportation sales tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia and in metro Atlanta. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met in Atlanta on Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the 2015 legislative session.
As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the governor's desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.
A recent public meeting held on the topic of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) conspicuously neglected other relevant water-management problems and opportunities. The meeting was hosted on Jekyll Island by a General Assembly Natural Resources study committee chaired by Sen. Ross Tolleson.
There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.
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A Joint House-Senate Study Committee began work last week on transportation needs of the state and how those needs may be met in the coming years.
Carlethia Ingram easily could have become one more lost teenager. Her mother died four days after the birth of her youngest sister. For 10 years, Carlethia and two sisters lived with their grandmother in Savannah public housing until Barbara Ingram passed away last year.
Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Our country's veterans have risked life and limb to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life. For too long the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed our nation's veterans by operating under a culture of corruption and neglect that lacked accountability or leadership. Veterans deserve better than that and with the sweeping reforms put in place by theVeterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, I am committed to personally seeing to it that we have a better VA health system delivery for our veterans.
Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.
For the past few months, I have heard the same question nearly everywhere I go.
A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.
We don't pay too much attention to the unemployment rate normally, maybe being vaguely aware of the trend down or up, but not much else. The injection of the rate as a signal of failure of the current administration caused me to want to see what economists were saying about Georgia's economy and how they view unemployment statistics.
Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.
When the State Policy Network was founded in 1996, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation - then 5 years old - was one of just 12 independent, free-market, state-focused think tanks around the nation. Its leaders could have met in someone's garage.
With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.
Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.
Georgia voters will make decisions on three issues when they vote in this general election. Two decisions involve amending the state constitution and one is a referendum question.
In 2012, I began raising the issue of "free" cell phones being handed out to individuals under the federal Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program, which was originally intended to provide low-cost landline phones to low-income households.
It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election.
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.
September completes the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. A solid 5 percent growth in September revenues completes a strong first quarter of FY15 with an overgrowth of 4.7 percent on total collections of $4.68 billion for the quarter. The increase of $211.3 million for the three months is ahead of budget projections by $70.6 million.
HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.
With all of the focus on campaigns for governor and senator, it's easy to overlook the fact there are other statewide races on the ballot for November.
If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.