Tag Archives: Alan Essig

Political Notes — State’s jobless rate remains about the same

Georgia’s unemployment rate was unchanged in January from the jobless rate in December, according to the state Labor Department . . .

Tags: Alan Essig , Georgia unemployment rate , Mark Butler , real estate commission

Political Notes – Hice isn’t even in office one day and tea partiers are already gunning for him

Jody Hice, elected to Congress with strong support from tea partiers, already has tea partiers plotting his overthrow . . .

Tags: Alan Essig , Delvis Dutton , GBPI , Jody Hice , John Boehner , Sam Olens , Taifa Butler , Tea Party

State revenues drop by nearly 3% in April

State revenues dip in April, but are expected to recover to show overall growth for the fiscal year . . .

Tags: Alan Essig , April collections , state revenues

Political Notes – Filling the rainy day reserve, a few drops at a time

A good year of revenue growth means that Gov. Nathan Deal can put some money back into the revenue shortfall reserve; it was also a good year for awarding highway construction contracts . . .

Tags: Alan Essig , Barry Loudermilk , Bill Shipp , DOT , Nathan Deal , revenue shortfall reserve

Political Notes – State budget cuts could be even deeper?

Georgia lawmakers may have to cut the state budget even more deeply than Gov. Nathan Deal has contemplated, according to a fiscal analysis from GBPI . . .

Tags: Alan Essig , Brookhaven , GBPI , Jim Tysinger , Jim Walls , Medicaid , Nathan Deal , North Atlanta , spending cuts , state budget , State Ethics Commission

Political Notes – Where does the ports project get funded?

There were cheers all around for the approval of the Savannah harbor deepening by the Army Corps of Engineers, but how will the project be financed? . . .

Tags: Alan Essig , Corps of Engineers , DCH , Georgia Ports , Jack Kingston , Medicaid fraud , Savannah River deepening , Saxby Chambliss , state revenues , WellCare

House panel endorses venture capital bill

Legislation for the state to create a $200 million venture capital fund picks up support in a House subcommittee . . .

Tags: Alan Essig , Allen Peake , Carl Rogers , Richard Smith , venture capital fund

Is Georgia getting its money’s worth from tax breaks?

Fiscal analyst Alan Essig calls for some accountability from corporations that get tax breaks from the General Assembly . . .

Read Tom's Blog | Tags: Alan Essig , Georgia Budget & Policy Institute , job creation , tax breaks

Another view on the HOPE crisis

Some thoughts from a fiscal expert on how best to use lottery revenues and repair the HOPE scholarship program . . .

Read Tom's Blog | Tags: Alan Essig , Georgia Lottery revenues , HOPE scholarships

Political Notes – Video activity in the lite gov’s race

Casey Cagle and Carol Porter release new video spots in the lieutenant governor’s race; the Macon Telegraph comments on the efforts to unseal Austin Scott’s divorce records . . .

Tags: Alan Essig , Austin Scott , Carol Porter , Casey Cagle , divorce records , Georgia revenue growth