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Tom Crawford: Schoolworkers shouldn't be denied health coverage

When it comes to handing out taxpayers' money, the governor and the General Assembly sometimes seem more willing to direct those funds to people who don't really need them instead of those who really do.

February 11, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia legislators go for a ‘tax grab’ with transportation plan

The stage has been set for the issue that will draw most of the attention in this legislative session: revising Georgia's transportation taxes.

February 04, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Don’t expect a fix soon for Georgia's traffic gridlock

Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.

January 28, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers, better keep those election promises

When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Hospitals, roads are top challenges for Georgia leaders

In a few days, Georgia legislators will convene a new session for 2015 and Gov. Nathan Deal will follow shortly after by taking the oath of office for his second term as the state's chief executive.

January 07, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: There are some leaders still do it right

It's clear that politicians and political institutions are not very popular with the general public.

December 31, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State Capitol has a new face

Visitors who come to Atlanta next month to see Gov. Nathan Deal take the oath of office for his second term will encounter a Capitol complex that looks different from four years ago when Deal was first sworn in as the state's chief executive.

December 24, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Transportation fixes hit a dead end in Ga.

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."

December 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State keeps lawyers working

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Change is coming in Georgia, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.

December 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Sanders is a man for his time

The death of former Gov. Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Is electing a school chief really necessary?

Early in January, Richard Woods will be sworn in as the duly elected superintendent of state schools. He could very well be the last person ever elected to this statewide constitutional office.

November 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: This year's election had a familiar look

This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.

November 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: One easy prediction from this state election

There were many predictions being made by pundits, analysts and journalists in the weeks before Election Day as Georgia's voters endured a very long campaign season.

November 05, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Legislators halfway done with little to show for it

Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: What have they done for you?

February 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia has yet to find a magic formula for schools

Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan last week to fix our low-performing public schools.

February 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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