Gov. Nathan Deal is asking state agencies to find another $553 million in reductions through June 2014. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that about half of that would come from higher education and from public health — $108 million from the University System of Georgia and $170 million from the Department of Community Health — while most k-12 school funding is exempt.
Governor Nathan Deal is calling for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit levels for boaters and hunters in the wake of a tragedy on Lake Lanier that killed two brothers.
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal has launched the "Read Across Georgia" initiative to support Gov. Nathan Deal's goal of increasing the number of third-graders reading at grade level in the state. Sandra Deal will visit schools across the state this month to read to students.
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Gov. Nathan Deal reports that the state's overall tax collections are down for the first time in 18 months. The figures released Friday show net tax collections for Georgia in December totaled $1.54 billion, a decrease of $19 million or 1.2 percent compared to last December. Through six months of fiscal year 2012, net revenue collections totaled $8.25 billion, an increase of 5.2 percent compared to same period last year..
The government of India is opening a new consulate to serve the southeastern U.S. The consulate will serve the approximately 100,000 Indian nationals living in Georgia and roughly 290,000 across the Southeast with services such as visas, passports and other documents. It also will help facilitate business.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is proposing consolidating, eliminating or significantly changing some state agencies in a plan to shore up the 2013 state budget. Among those agencies that could be affected: the State Personnel Administration, the Georgia Aviation Authority, the Sexual Offender Review Board and the Department of Labor.
Georgia ports officials are asking state lawmakers for $46 million for Savannah harbor deepening in the upcoming legislative session. But it's not the only item they'll be following. Georgia Ports Authority also is interested in the results of a year-long initiative to re-write laws affecting businesses.