Lake Lanier’s water level stands only nine feet above its historic low of a few years ago. As a new drought tightens its grip on the state, some communities are taking action.
Most of Georgia is now classified as in extreme drought.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is proposing cuts in some unemployment benefits next year. That would allow the state to repay a $700 million federal loan it took out to keep the unemployment trust fund afloat. Critics say the state should instead ask employers to contribute.
Georgia will open a second trade office in China. Governor Nathan Deal made the announcement from Beijing on Wednesday.
Deal and his economic development team are in the midst of a six-day, five-city trip to boost Georgia’s economic development with China and South Korea.
A study indicates that infrastructure improvements are needed to keep bottlenecks from hampering Georgia freight traffic.
Morris News Service says an interim report of the study was discussed Wednesday by the State Transportation Board.