Sonny Perdue on Thursday named former U.S. attorney Kent Alexander, now general counsel at Emory University, to one of five seats on the State Ethics Commission. Alexander’s appointment gives the commission a full membership as it prepares to name a new executive secretary to replace Rick Thompson, who steps down in a few weeks. The commission expects to interview finalists for the job at its Oct. 15 meeting.
For decades, civic-minded Americans have connected Labor Day with a worthy cause – Jerry’s kids, the telethon sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted by entertainer Jerry Lewis. Few of them know Gerry’s salary — Gerald C. Weinberg, that is, MDA’s president and CEO. Weinberg earned a salary of $308,846 during a short, nine-month fiscal year in 2007. Pro-rated for a full year, his salary worked out to about $412,000.
Sales tax collections that support Atlanta’s rapid-transit system will not return to pre-recession levels until 2017, according to a new economic forecast. Georgia State University’s Rajeev Dhawan says sales tax revenue will continue to fall through 2011 and will take six more years to climb back to 2008 levels.
A conflicted committee of the MARTA board today recommended hiring a company that employs the daughter of one of its members. Edelman Public Relations is clearly the best choice to run a marketing campaign aimed at marshaling public support for MARTA during the 2010 state legislative session, agency staffers said. The problem: Board member Barbara Babbit Kaufman‘s daughter is a senior VP at Edelman.