Savannah-area voters have a unique argument to think about when they go to the polls this month to decide the fate of a proposed penny sales tax for transportation. Construction is underway right now on several big-ticket road projects funded by the state. These include the Truman Parkway, Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and Skidaway Island bridge.
A new study says, it would be economically feasible to build an Atlanta-to-Jacksonville high-speed rail line. A consultant presented the study to the state transporation board Wednesday, estimating the route's total cost between $5-16 billion dollars. Stops could include Macon, Savannah and Bruswick.
Officials in Chatham County are looking for clear answers on whether a proposed convention hotel would get state tax breaks. A law passed last year gives developers large breaks on tourism projects. But it left what qualifies up to the Governor. A policy aide to Governor Nathan Deal doubts Chatham County's project would make the cut because it could harm existing hotels.
Chatham County lawmakers have resolved an impasse over how to divide voters among county commission and school board members. Democratic and Republican county officials split last year over maps Republicans saw as favoring Democrats. Savannah Republican Ron Stephens says, new maps don't split precincts and get rid of sprawling districts.
A proposal to expand casino-like video lottery terminals to help fund the HOPE Scholarship program appears to be dead. When Governor Nathan Deal unveiled his own plan to fix HOPE this week, he rejected expanding gambling. And that pleased officials on Jekyll Island, where Republican State Representative Ron Stephens of Savannah proposed putting terminals.
The US Census Bureau will announce population figures Tuesday that will determine seats in Congress. They'll also determine seats in Georgia's General Assembly. There's no doubt Southern Georgia will be at a distinct disadvantage going into redistricting.