Fifteen years ago this month, tobacco companies agreed to pay states billions of dollars in the largest civil litigation settlement in US history. Georgia has received about $2 billion from the settlement. So, where did that $2 billion in tobacco settlement money go?
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed three people to leadership positions in several state departments. One of those is a new agency: the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry. The newly-created program is part of Deal's criminal justice reform initiative.
Officials in Chatham County are looking for clear answers on whether a proposed convention hotel would get state tax breaks. A law passed last year gives developers large breaks on tourism projects. But it left what qualifies up to the Governor. A policy aide to Governor Nathan Deal doubts Chatham County's project would make the cut because it could harm existing hotels.