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Report: Medicaid Cuts Will Hurt Economy

Medicaid spending is one of the areas targeted in negotiations over reducing the federal budget deficit. Health care advocacy group Families USA says a 5 percent reduction in Medicaid funding could put $670 million in economic activity and 5,800 jobs at risk in Georgia. Georgia will spend nearly $7.5 million in federal and state money on Medicaid this fiscal year to serve roughly 1.5 million Georgians.

Court Approves Reservoir Water Supply

The state is claiming victory in its decades long water dispute with neighboring states over water rights to Lake Lanier. A federal appeals court ruled on Georgia’s behalf.

Immigrants Plan Work Stoppage

Latino groups are calling on immigrants in Georgia to skip work on Friday and refrain from buying anything. That’s the day the state’s new immigration law, known as House Bill 87, goes into effect.

Gingrich Retools Ga. Team

Newt Gingrich is naming a new Georgia leadership team as he works to rebuild his struggling presidential bid. The former House speaker has tapped former backers of 2008 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee to spearhead his efforts in his old home state. Huckabee won Georgia in the Republican presidential primary that year.

22 Counties Declared Drought Disasters

Federal agriculture officials have declared 22 Georgia counties disaster areas due to drought conditions that have left crops parched. Deal on Monday said the designation means that farmers and their businesses will qualify for much-needed federal relief.

Pharmacists Face More Speculation

A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists takes effect Friday. The Board of Pharmacy will also have more authority to investigate license applicants. Georgia currently has a shortage of pharmacists.

Judge Blocks GA Immigration Law

A federal judge on Monday blocked parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.

Ralston Pays-Up On Late Tax Bill

House Speaker David Ralston has paid about $1,300 in late taxes due on a property owned by his wife. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Monday that Ralston paid the bill last week after the newspaper contacted him about the outstanding bill. Ralston spokesman Marshall Guest called the late payment an oversight.

Texting Ban Proves Hard To Enforce

State law enforcement officials say they’re having a hard time enforcing Georgia’s ban on texting while driving. It’s been nearly a year since the law was passed.

No Way To Move The Date of Transportation Sales Tax Vote

A referendum on a proposed transportation sales tax will take place next summer. Some officials have expressed a desire to move the vote to the November general election. But changing the date won’t be easy.

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