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Bill would give tax assessment statements annually

The state House of Representatives has unanimously backed a local legislator's proposal to require local governments to notify property owners annually of their property tax assessments.

March 24, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Hospital CEO: Tax better than other options

A proposal for a 1.4 percent tax on Northeast Georgia Health Systems' revenues is better than the alternatives, the hospital's president said.

March 24, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Checkered flags on Main Street?

A Northeast Georgia lawmaker who proposes a change in the law that would allow for road racing events on public streets believes some people are getting the wrong idea.

March 22, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Georgia Legislature


State bill won’t change Hall shelter practices

The Hall County Animal Shelter already is taking all the measures that state representatives called for last week to protect animals and their owners.

March 22, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Online voter signup is ‘good government,’ state official says

The next step in the use of technology in the voting process is making its way through the state legislature.

March 18, 2010 | Keith Albertson | Georgia Legislature


Bill would aid workers’ compensation claims

A bill protecting people with workers' compensation claims against insolvent insurance companies is making its way through the state Capitol.

March 18, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Local physicians pushing for cigarette tax

Hopes for a $1 tax on cigarettes may be snuffed by lawmakers who aren't looking to spark controversy with a new tax.

March 17, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Budget cuts hit hospitals

Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal to cut state funds by more than 10 percent for hospitals serving Medicaid patients could cost Northeast Georgia Health System more than $5 million, according to a source with the hospital.

March 16, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Students gather to protest university cuts

Local students joined those from across the state Monday at the Capitol to rally against budget cuts to the University System of Georgia.

March 16, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Georgia Legislature


Bill using sales taxes for road projects may not fly politically

A bill that would fund transportation projects through sales taxes is a moving target, lawmakers say.

March 11, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


House and Senate OK water-saving rules

Identical water conservation bills that cleared both chambers of the legislature Wednesday send a message that Georgia intends to make the most of its allocation of the resource, lawmakers say.

March 11, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Teachers wary of pay-for-performance legislation

Some local educators are skeptical of new legislation that would link teacher pay to student performance and eliminate pay incentives for teachers studying to get advanced degrees.

March 06, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Georgia Legislature


Perdue speaks out against education cuts

Local college leaders were heartened on Thursday by Gov. Sonny Perdue's pledge to protect the state's public colleges from sweeping cuts that would force thousands of layoffs and steep tuition hikes.

March 04, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Georgia Legislature


Chancellor: Georgia's higher education at risk

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers were urged Wednesday to soften the blows to public colleges and universities, which face up to $600 million in cuts as part of the state's budget crisis.

March 03, 2010 | From staff and wire reports | Georgia Legislature


Cuts to extension, 4-H would be ‘devastating,’ officials say

If a budget scenario that slashes nearly $59 million in state funding from the University of Georgia becomes reality, half of Georgia's 158 county extension offices will go dark and 4-H programs across the state will completely disappear.

March 02, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


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