Three north Georgia lawmakers have already heard from cyclists across the state after filing legislation that would dramatically change the rules of the road for bicycles. State Representatives Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins and Emory Dunahoo, all Republicans from Gainesville, planned to hear even more at a public hearing on the bill Monday evening.
Governor Nathan Deal Friday announced his picks for a review panel in the case of state Representative Tyrone Brooks. The Governor appointed House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, and state Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Tucker.
Governor Nathan Deal will likely announce his appointments Friday to a review panel tasked with deciding whether to suspend State Representative Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta. Brooks was indicted by a grand jury in May for 30 counts of fraud and tax charges. According to the indictment, Brooks used money from his charity, Universal Humanities, for personal expenses. Brooks pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Gov. Nathan Deal reports that the state's overall tax collections are down for the first time in 18 months. The figures released Friday show net tax collections for Georgia in December totaled $1.54 billion, a decrease of $19 million or 1.2 percent compared to last December. Through six months of fiscal year 2012, net revenue collections totaled $8.25 billion, an increase of 5.2 percent compared to same period last year..
Gov. Nathan Deal officially issued the call for the special legislative session on redistricting Wednesday. And when legislators return to the state Capitol Monday, they will also tackle changing the date of a regional transportation tax vote.
New revenue numbers show collections are up significantly from this time last year. The state netted $148 million more last month over February 2010. That’s a 26 percent spike. Individual income tax collection drove the rise, more than doubling from last year to $185 million. But state officials attribute the jump to an accounting change.
The Georgia Farm Bureau’s 72nd annual convention is underway on Jekyll Island. Governor-elect Nathan Deal told the group Monday he plans to cut state spending to keep within the state’s shrinking state budget. The agriculture industry – the state’s largest—receives generous tax exemptions from the state. The head of a commission tasked with overhauling Georgia’s tax code promised it would recommend keeping tax breaks for the agriculture industry.
Tax collection are up. Governor Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that net revenue collections for the month of October 2010 (FY11) totaled $1,233,073,000 compared to $1,140,090,000 for September 2009 (FY10), an increase of $92,983,000 or 8.2 percent.