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  • Indicted hospital CEO’s golden parachute: $6.3 million

    Indicted hospital CEO’s golden parachute: $6.3 million
    April 20, 2010 --

    Former CEO Ken Beverly, who pleaded not guilty last week to Medicaid fraud, walked away from his Thomasville hospital gig in 2008 with a payout of $6.3 million. Plus expenses. A federal grand jury this month accused Beverly, as chief executive of Archbold Medical Center, of falsifying records to con Medicaid out of more than $9 million for his hospital.

    Kasim Reed’s campaign donations have a price

    Kasim Reed's campaign donations have a price
    March 9, 2010 --

    On New Year’s Eve, Mayor-elect Kasim Reed could celebrate knowing his campaign fund, even after spending $2.5 million to win the job, had a six-figure bank balance. Much of it came from lawyers, contractors and consultants with money on their minds. Their support underscores the inherent tension in soliciting political donations from people looking to do a little business once their candidates take office. “You’re asking people to be awfully gullible to believe all those contributions are being made out of civic interest and public pride,” said Atlanta attorney Emmet Bondurant.

    DeKalb CEO pitches 1.08-mill tax hike to commission

    DeKalb CEO pitches 1.08-mill tax hike to commission
    February 21, 2010 --

    DeKalb County still needs a tax increase this year, CEO Burrell Ellis said Sunday. But it doesn’t have to be as large as the one he pitched in December. Ellis announced a revised spending plan that calls for a 1.08-mill property tax hike — or about $75 more in taxes on a $200,000 home. His amended budget restores funding for court operations but eliminates merit pay raises for county employees.

    Dec. 22

    December 22, 2009 --

    Whistleblowers: FAA’s $5 million conference in ATL is just a 3-week party SCLC suspends chairman and treasurer Family fought Cobb school board for 4 years over autistic child’s education Ga. companies must report CO2 emissions Park Service gets poor report on handling of Cumberland Island State turns over allegedly forged election petitions to Chatham County […]

    Oct. 15

    October 15, 2009 --

    Judge Oxendine removed from non-profit board Ethics panel probing further into Oxendine campaign Justices weigh $4.5 million bonus awarded lawyers in Ga. litigation DeKalb pays homeless man $165K for kicking him out State Web site errs in listing places with vaccine Georgia high on list of dropout factories Alford: Clean coal plant no environmental threat Opinion: […]

    Gwinnett impanels special grand jury to investigate land deals

    Gwinnett impanels special grand jury to investigate land deals
    September 24, 2009 --

    Gwinnett County judges have created a special grand jury to investigate land purchases by county government, including parks and sites for libraries, highways and baseball. D.A. Danny Porter said he has already assembled details of 41 parkland buys since 2005, to be followed by particulars on purchases for libraries, rights of way and other property — “probably” including the $5 million purchase of 12 acres for the minor-league Gwinnett Braves’ stadium.

    Average ATL non-profit CEO: $173,691

    August 5, 2009 --

    Average CEO pay at American non-profit groups is $158,075, up 6 percent over last year, according to a study released today by Charity Navigator. The New Jersey-based watchdog group compared CEO compensation based on geography (pay at Atlanta charities ranked 15th among U.S. cities), categories and size. Charity Navigator’s report also offered tips for donors trying to assess whether a non-profit’s CEO pay is too high.

    Sembler tax break would cost DeKalb $19M in property taxes

    Sembler tax break would cost DeKalb $19M in property taxes
    June 9, 2009 --

    DeKalb County government and schools would realize a net loss of $19 million in property taxes if the county grants a 20-year tax break for a Brookhaven project, a review of the developer’s request shows. The developer, The Sembler Co., says its completed residential and shopping complex would generate taxes and fees that would far […]

    Auditors find weak workers’ comp coverage, enforcement

    June 2, 2009 --

    Nearly half the eligible businesses in Georgia may not carry workers’ compensation insurance as required, state auditors say. If that’s true, roughly 1.5 million workers potentially would not be covered in the event of a workplace accident. The state’s methods of monitoring compliance are inefficient and could be improved with the use of relatively simple […]

    Ethics budget takes 30% hit for 2009-10

    Ethics budget takes 30% hit for 2009-10
    April 3, 2009 --

    The State Ethics Commission will lose about 30 percent of its current funding in the 2010 state budget passed Friday. The Georgia House and Senate compromised on a $1.2 million budget for the agency in negotiations on the last day of the 2009 legislative session. The House last week slashed spending on ethics enforcement to […]