Ansley Edwards is a senior at Stratford Academy, the top flight private school on Macon's north side. She packs her day with activities meant to wow college admissions officers. Now with a relative coast into graduation, she wonders if there is something she missed.
Governor Nathan Deal proposed a $547 million budget increase for K-12 education in Georgia during his State of the State address on Wednesday morning. Deal says the increase will allow the state to eliminate teacher furlough days and increase teacher salaries. In addition to education reform, the governor also outlined his plan for job creation in the state. Deal says his focus has been on creating private-sector jobs for Georgians.
Even though the state is still climbing out of the recession of 2008, it looks like it’s going to be a good year for the economy. That was the message given to a room full of business leaders at the Middle Georgia Economic Outlook event in Warner Robins on Thursday. Mercer University economist Roger Tutterow predicted Georgia’s economic growth will outpace the nation's in 2014. Tutterow says while Macon and Warner Robbins have not experienced a lot of payroll growth, the economy of Middle Georgia remains fundamentally healthy.
Two weeks after Congress passed the continuing resolution that reopened the shuttered federal government, Democrats claim the shutdown will cost Georgia at least $324 million dollars this quarter (October, November and December.)
Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 8.7 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor early Thursday morning announced the new figure, which is the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for August. It is down from 8.8 percent in July.