The budget approved by Georgia lawmakers is expected to bring a wave of new construction to the state, which means big business for contractors, road-builders and companies that supply equipment to government and school facilities.
Georgia lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session after passing dozens of bills.
Lawmakers worked until their midnight deadline Thursday, and have sent the measures to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.
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Lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas wrestled today with new language for "religious freedom" measures that have sparked controversy for what critics say amounts to an open invitation for businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians.
Leaders of Savannah’s tourism industry say a provision in a transportation bill approved by Georgia lawmakers late Tuesday could threaten local businesses across the state.
The $900 million bill creates a new $5 nightly hotel-motel tax to help pay for the state’s roads and bridges.