Georgia depends heavily on federal money State leasing official, broker traded info on Gwinnett deal Thousands of Fulton votes uncounted in 2012 election Water war leaves an oyster hub depleted Supremes rule ATL school taxes can go to Beltline City Hall says stadium referendum not possible, watchdog group continues push Griffin-Spalding County Land Bank homes […]
The state’s waiting list for people with HIV to get government drug assistance is steadily growing — intensifying concerns that patients won’t get needed medications. More than 1,100 Georgians are on the waiting list — the second-longest in the country behind Florida’s. The program, which needs about $5 million more in state money, instead faces a $600,000 budget cut.
(Opinion) Some $165 million in federal stimulus money could be used to reduce child poverty in Georgia, and state officials should seize the opportunity to put those dollars to work. So says Clare Richie, senior policy analyst at the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute. The money can be used for direct cash assistance and subsidized employment, but Richie notes innovative programs from other states that Georgia could also take on: car ownership, matched savings accounts, career planning and more.
Tiny Wilkinson County (pop. 10,026) has won more federal stimulus money, per capita, than any county in Georgia, according to an intriguing new interactive tracking tool put together by the non-profit investigative Web site ProPublica. Wilkinson will benefit from a $56.4 million award to the Georgia DOT to build the 7.2-mile North Gordon Bypass from the Twiggs County line. That’s $5,661 for each man, woman and child in the county, or 31 times the national average.
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