Saturday, May 18, 2013
The importance of early childhood education was the topic.
Saturday, May 18
Some big names in the Republican Party are in Georgia this weekend for the GOP Convention that is taking place at the Classic Center in Athens. Scheduled speakers include Republican strategist Karl Rove and former U.S. Congressman Allen West. Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal spoke to GOP State Convention delegates about importance of early childhood education during breakfast Saturday. Business meetings were scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Georgia Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe) is in attendance and shared with Patch that First Lady and Governor Nathan Deal spoke to GOP State Convention Delegates about importance of early childhood education at breakfast Saturday morning. Business meetings at the center were scheduled to start at…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The new law also increases penalties for those caught boating while intoxicated.
Saturday, April 27
Gov. Nathan Deal signed SB 136, a bill to strengthen public safety on Georgia's waterways, on Tuesday, April 22, at the Holiday Marina at Lake Lanier. The legislation, a portion of which is known as the Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law, lowers the legal blood-alcohol content for boaters from a .10 to .08. The new law also increases penalties for those found to be boating while intoxicated. “Far too many tragedies have occurred as a result of boating under the influence and inadequate boater education,” Deal said in a released statement. “Last June, I vowed to work with the General Assembly to pass legislation in honor of Jake and Griffin Prince, who lost their lives last summer in a tragic accident. As I have said, if you are too drunk to…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, Georgia became one of five states under Republican governors that rejected the provision in the president's healthcare reform calling on states to set up online health insurance exchanges.
On Friday, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia became the fifth governor of a state to reject a provision in the president's healthcare reform law. According to Reuters, the other four states that had already rejected the provision that would require the states to set up healthcare exchanges are Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Wisconsin. Ohio, Michigan and Florida, however, have indicated a willingness to share in some of the responsibility with Washington. Deal was one of the many governors who held off on making a decision until after the election. Republican candidate Mitt Romney had pledged to repeal the president's healthcare plan if elected. Since that didn't happen, states are left dealing with the plan that is scheduled to be implemented in …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The director of the State of Georgia Tea Party discusses HB 48 Ad valorem tax; freeport exemptions; revise and change certain provisions, recently signed into law.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
On April 17, 2012 Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 48 Ad valorem tax; freeport exemptions; revise and change certain provisions into law. This law essentially repeals all laws that conflict with HB 48 governing state level inventory taxes and allows county commissioners to exempt all businesses from Freeport Level 2 ad valorem taxes. This may be the most positive economic legislation to help a recovery in Georgia. If this tax is relieved across the State of Georgia it will free up ten of millions of dollars for businesses to reinvest in capital, plant, and equipment to create jobs. Section 3: 251 48-5-48.6. 252 (a) This Code section shall be known and may be cited as the 'Level 2 Freeport 253 Exemption.' 254 (b) As used in this Code …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
On Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law requirements for parents who receive federal assistance to be tested for drugs before getting help.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law drug-testing requirements for parents who receive financial help through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Deal signed House Bill 861 into law on Monday, April 16. It forces parents to pay for and take a drug test as a condition of receiving TANF assistance. According to an AJC report, the test would cost about $17 and is expected to begin in several weeks. (Let us know what you think about this in the comment section below.) It is likely to be challenged by groups that oppose the legislation and believe it violates constitutional rights. Similar legislation was enacted in Florida in 2011, and is currently be challenged in courts. According to the AJC, Georgia officials…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The largest branded marketer of baby and young children’s apparel in the United States has selected the north Georgia city as the home of its new multichannel distribution center.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Six-hundred more jobs are coming to north Georgia. This time, Braselton was selected as the site for economic development. On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal and the CEO of Carter’s, Inc., announced the company will use a one-million-square-foot facility and open the center to support the company’s e-commerce, retail, and wholesale businesses in June. The company expects to invest more than $50 million in the new facility and create more than 600 new full -time jobs in Georgia by 2015, according to a news release. “Carter’s new distribution center will have an immediate, positive impact on the lives of Jackson County residents,” said Deal in a released statement. “Encouraging job growth in the state is of the utmost importance, and we are …
Friday, March 16, 2012
"Manufacturing is not only alive in Georgia, it's growing in Georgia." -- Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Caterpillar broke ground on its Athens area manufacturing plant on March 16, 2012.
Gov. Nathan Deal, Sen. Johnny Isakson and Congressman Paul Broun joined other officials in welcoming Caterpillar to its newest location on March 16.
Caterpillar held a groundbreaking event for its new Oconee-Athens facility on Friday, March 16. Gray Construction has been contracted to build the one-million-square-foot plant that will employ 1,400 and manufacture small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators. Production is slated to begin in late 2013.
Friday, February 17, 2012
It's the largest manufacturing investment in Georgia since Kia built its Columbus plant in 2006, Gov. Nathan Deal said at the Georgia State Capitol on Friday.
Georgia was in hot competition with other states to woo Caterpillar into building its new factory in the Athens-Oconee area. But in the end, the "seamless package" of job training to be provide through Georgia's Quick Start program, proximity to the port of Savannah, and links with the counties and Athens Technical College gave Georgia the edge, Caterpillar Building Construction Projects Vice President Mary Bell said Friday. Bell and other representatives of the heavy machinery manufacturer stood at the Capitol alongside local officials from Athens and Oconee counties as Gov. Deal announced the major economic development win for the state. It's the largest manufacturing investment in Georgia since Kia built its Columbus plant in 2006, he …
Local leaders are scheduled to be at an announcement with Gov. Nathan Deal in Atlanta this morning before finalizing the agreement this afternoon.
Friday, February 17, 2012
The Athens-Clarke County Commission voted Friday morning to enter into an agreement with Oconee County on economic development, and Athens and Oconee's leaders are expected to make an announcement with Gov. Nathan Deal in Atlanta later this morning. The Oconee County Commissioners were also meeting Friday morning. The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting, without attribution but without hedging, that rumors of Caterpillar announcing a major move to the Athens-Oconee area today are true. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported on the issue, with details about Caterpillar's site search and the Athens-Oconee "Orkin tract" off highways 316 and 78, where the plant might be located. An Athens Clarke County Commissioner wouldn't confirm…