If Governor Nathan Deal’s Eggs and Issues speech Wednesday is any indication much of his State of the State address Thursday will be a mix of good and bad news.
State regulators will have to enforce a 25 foot vegetative buffer for most all waterways in Georgia. That's what an state administrative law judge has ruled in a case that pits environmentalists against the state Environmental Protection Division. the ruling could be appealed to Superior Court. The case involves the definition of waterway.
A weaker-than-expected economic recovery is proving to be a drag on Georgia's state finances. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal must find a way to close the gap between what Georgia's government collects and what it spends when submitting his budget plans Thursday.
The Georgia Public Service Commission has voted to impose fees on cellphones being offered through the Lifeline program after it was targeted in widespread fraud and abuse allegations. The Lifeline program is intended to provide discounted cellphone service to low-income Georgians.
Georgia's top-ranking legislative leaders have backed a plan by Gov. Nathan Deal to preserve some $450 million in federal Medicaid funding. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston effectively endorsed a plan Wednesday that would empower the state Board of Community Health to establish assessments on hospitals.