Tag Archives: economic development

GASB 77: A new rule that could cause major headaches for elected officials

A new accounting rule will require state and local governments to fully disclose the financial impact to taxpayers of the tax breaks and exemptions granted to private businesses . . .

Tags: economic development , GASB , government audits , Nathan Deal , tax breaks , taxpayer transparency

Carter: Georgia’s jobless rate ‘a shame’

With new data showing Georgia to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Sen. Jason Carter criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal’s economic development initiatives . . .

Tags: college enrollment , economic development , Jason Carter , job creation , Nathan Deal , unemployment rate

Political Notes — Poll shows support for more highway funding

Georgia poll shows the public wants congressional action to make more federal funds available for transportation infrastructure projects . . .

Tags: Brenda Fitzgerald , economic development , Federal Highway Trust Fund , highway projects , public health

Political Notes – Lawmakers have their annual spat, then move on

The House and Senate leaders have their traditional late-session blowup over the pace of bill considerations . . .

Tags: bill approvals , disaster declaration , economic development , hank johnson , legislative arguments , Nathan Deal

On the campaign trail: Who takes credit for this ranking?

Gov. Nathan Deal and David Pennington have differing views of the value of a trade magazine ranking of Georgia’s business climate . . .

Tags: David Pennington , economic development , Jody Hice , Kelly Loeffler , Nathan Deal , Senate race

Political Notes – Some pushback against the latest college merger

Some of the students affected by the proposed merger of Kennesaw State and Southern Poly aren’t happy about the idea; Hudgens says he may have been overblown when he promised to obstruct Obamacare . . .

Tags: B.J. Pak , Caterpillar , Earl Ehrhart , economic development , Hank Huckaby , kennesaw state , Nathan Deal , Obamacare , Ralph Hudgens , Southern Polytechnic , University System

Political Notes – Jekyll development plan gets some positive responses

The proposed master plan for the development of Jekyll Island gets some positive feedback at a public hearing . . .

Tags: ADL , David Egan , economic development , Georgia Trial Lawyers Association , Jekyll Island Authority , Jekyll master plan , John B. Gordon , King's Hawaiian , Medical Association of Georgia , Shelley Rose , statues on capitol grounds , Tom Watson , William E. Silver

Make a Difference, Buy Local

Rep. Karla Drenner makes the case for shopping small and buying local . . .

Read Tom's Blog | Tags: economic development , local business , shopping

Political Notes – The idea of a cap on lobbyist spending is catching on

Rep. Jay Powell says he is also open to the idea of a complete ban on lobbyist gifts to legislators; Austrian auto supply firm announces plans for a manufacturing facility in Cartersville . . .

Tags: bribery indictment , David Ralston , economic development , Jay Powell , John Lewis , Labor Department , lobbyist spending cap , Social Security , voestalpine

These jobs come at a steep, steep price

Why do Georgia officials keep throwing tax funds at corporate CEOs? Are those jobs really worth it? . . .

Read Tom's Blog | Tags: Baxter International , economic development , financial incentives , tax exemptions