Governor Sonny Perdue has announced which rural areas are getting funds from this year's tobacco settlement money. And the big winner isn't rural at all. Metro Savannah gets the largest award in this year's grants from the One Georgia Authority. The grant will help Gulfstream Aerospace build a new facility that's designed to add 1,000 new jobs.
The state owned property that was supposed to house the Golf Hall of fame in Augusta still hasn’t been sold. It could still be months before the state will unload the downtown Augusta site through an auction.
Georgia’s revenue numbers have been on the rise for the past three months, but it amounts to only 1.3 percent in actual growth according to the state revenue department. When the governor created this year's budget he projected 4 percent growth.
Georgia's revenue collections were up a third straight month in August. The jump of 12.7 percent in collections is a bigger rise than even the two previous months: Georgia's revenue was up 4.7 percent in July and rose 3.8 percent in June -- over one year's time.
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked his counterparts in Alabama and Florida for more talks meant to end a long-running dispute over water usage. Perdue sent a letter earlier this month asking Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley to continue negotiations meant to resolve lawsuits between the states over water usage. The governors last met in December in Alabama, but their staffs have continued talking since then.
State revenue for June went up by nearly 4%. But that still leaves the state short for the year by 9.1%. The state can now close the books on the last fiscal year -- the third in a row ending in negative territory.