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.
The stage has been set for the issue that will draw most of the attention in this legislative session: revising Georgia's transportation taxes.
Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.
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.
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.
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.
It's clear that politicians and political institutions are not very popular with the general public.
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.
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."
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.
Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.
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.
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.
This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.
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.
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?
Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan last week to fix our low-performing public schools.
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