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Wide-ranging recommendations from committees

The commission appointed by Governor Deal back during the 2015 General Assembly has met numerous times over the months since. On Nov. 19, the full commission adopted most of the recommendations of the five subcommittees and sent the report to the governor.

December 09, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Musings on the coaching changes at Georgia

As my sweet mama would say, "Things just get curiouser and curiouser." That is the best way to describe the recent events at the University of Georgia - or more specifically - the athletic department at UGA.

December 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Georgia has its own Grinch for Christmas

It's the holiday season, a time when people are supposed to be having fun, going to parties, and bestowing good wishes on friends and family.

December 09, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Getting to the point of the matter

Dear Editor,

December 09, 2015 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


How Georgia funds OPEB plans

Once you know what the acronym OPEB stands for, Other Post-Employment Benefits, the rest of it isn't too complicated. Most of retirees' health care is paid for by the state under SHBP, and Pre-Medicare eligible retirees pay the same premiums other members of State Health Retirement Plan pay. Because the state self-insures, the costs of health care one year become the premiums the next, so to speak. The rest of the story is how the state goes about charging agency employers for the premiums.

December 02, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Not too early to think about the true meaning of Christmas

Hot Diggity Dog! It is December and that means Christmas is just around the corner. I love Christmas. I love it today and I loved before it became politically incorrect. Anytime someone tells me "Happy Holidays," I thank them and say "And a Merry Christmas to you, as well." If it is to a store clerk, I will generally get a knowing smile. They would like to say "Merry Christmas," too, but it is against store policy.

December 02, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


A college degree is becoming very expensive

If you have a child attending one of Georgia's public universities, you may have the perception that the cost of college is going up faster here than just about anywhere else.

December 02, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

December 01, 2015 | Staff report | Opinion


Other state post-employment benefits

Explaining OPEB is boring and hard to explain, it seems to me. People's eyes glaze over even more than normal when I speak about what OPEB is and why the state is diverting funds into a reserve for OPEB.

November 24, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


What should state do with refugees?

Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.

November 24, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Are flat revenues a trend or bump?

It would be a fairly easy conclusion to jump to that the state is some kind of slide downward when most of the key elements reported negative or very anemic in October. Net revenues slipped to barely positive at 0.3 percent gain over October of a year ago. This is the lowest gain per month since April 2014, when we were minus-2.9 percent. Maybe we shouldn't read too much into one month's numbers, but there are signals that are concerning. Net sales tax collections were negative, -1.1 percent, for the second month in a row.

November 18, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


No place for the unsubstantiated and anonymous

I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my opinion laid out for all to see.

November 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


College students, coaches get the upper hand

There was an interesting role reversal at the University of Missouri last week.

November 18, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Veterans Day was a feel good day

All of us need a feel good day, at least occasionally. Last Wednesday, was such a day and if you missed it, I'm sorry for you.

November 18, 2015 | By Ruth Lee | Opinion


Victim services in Georgia

The role the government plays in locking up offenders is a frequently covered topic, but what can sometimes go unnoticed is the role government plays in trying to help out the victims of crime. We previously looked at grants offered by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), some of which may have covered victim assistance.

November 10, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


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Big news out of the Capitol for Effingham

This past week was a very exciting one at the Capitol. On Monday and Tuesday, elected officials and civic leaders gathered in Atlanta for Effingham ...

February 02, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Parkway funding will be big for Effingham, area

In the second week of the General Assembly, we spent most of our time in committee meetings, reviewing legislation and preparing bills for full House ...

February 02, 2016 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion


House sends amended budget to Senate

The budget to complete the balance of the 2016 fiscal year was passed on to the Senate by the House of Representatives and will be ...

February 02, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Return of corn-fried shrimp is welcomed news

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" ("Of ...

February 02, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Some lawmakers are still fighting the Civil War

You may have the impression that the Civil War ended sometime around 1865, after the Confederate armies stacked their weapons, the soldiers returned to their ...

February 02, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Governor presents FY17 budget

At $23.7 billion, the governor's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget is the biggest in Georgia history, due in large part to the additional ...

January 27, 2016 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Supporting the disabled community

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 27, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Who will win the fight for ‘freedom’?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


The serious work of the budget begins

Unlike the federal government, Georgia lawmakers are required to pass a balanced budget. We work diligently during the legislative session to ensure that tax dollars ...

January 27, 2016 | By state Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Legislators begin the task of budget work

Last week, we gaveled in to start the second session of the 153rd General Assembly.

January 19, 2016 | By state Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


A busy start to the legislative session

The first week of the legislative session commenced with much activity including the governor's state of the State address, committee meetings, and planning sessions ...

January 19, 2016 | By state Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion


General Assembly gets under way

The first week of the 2016 General Assembly convened on Jan. 10 with two new members of the Senate taking their seats: Sen. Larry Walker ...

January 19, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


The state of the column can’t be overstated

My fellow Georgians: Now that President Barack Obama's has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal ...

January 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Reflections on the first year in the U.S. Senate

Dear friends,

January 19, 2016 | By U.S. Sen. David Perdue | Opinion


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