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April 5

April 5, 2011 --

Study: Recession hasn’t cut college prez’ salaries AG: Savannah Council violated Open Meetings law

Opinion: Time’s a-wastin’ on fund to preserve and create jobs

Opinion: Time's a-wastin' on fund to preserve and create jobs
September 9, 2010 --

Clare Richie, senior analyst for the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, warns of the consequences if Congress fails to extend a program that’s created 16,000 jobs in Georgia. The program for needy families expires Sept. 30.

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.

23 states ignoring stimulus welfare fund

23 states ignoring stimulus welfare fund
September 8, 2009 --

New York state put hundreds of dollars in federal stimulus money into food stamp accounts, causing a literal run on the bank last month. Families of about 800,000 low-income children qualified for the one-time payments — $200 per child for back-to-school supplies and clothes. Critics said the state bungled it by attaching no strings to how the money could be spent. But equally problematic, 23 states haven’t applied for these stimulus dollars yet, many because they can’t afford to appropriate the 20 percent matching funds that are required.

TAD reauthorization snags Gainesville schools (maybe Cagle, too)

March 30, 2009 --

The amended House Bill 63, which reauthorizes spending of school tax money for non-school purposes in tax allocation districts, may also sweep up Gainesville city schools. Unlike Atlanta, Gainesville school officials have changed their minds and want out of the TAD there — at least for now. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled last year that […]