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BeltLine funding bill would circumvent new school board vote

March 28, 2009 --

Legislation assigning $850 million in Atlanta school taxes to the city’s BeltLine project without a vote passed the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. New language inserted in the bill (reproduced below) means the Atlanta Board of Education would not have to reauthorize funds to a Tax Allocation District for the BeltLine. The board’s 2005 vote […]

Tax liens totaling $248K filed against 12 Georgia legislators

Tax liens totaling $248K filed against 12 Georgia legislators
March 24, 2009 --

Liens for a combined $248,402 in back taxes have been filed against 12 Georgia legislators, property records show. State officials recently said 19 members of the General Assembly did not file a Georgia income tax return in 2007. The Revenue Department had not yet filed liens against them, so the legislators’ names were blocked out […]

PSC’s McDonald faces $25K ethics fine

March 23, 2009 --

Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald is looking at a possible $24,850 fine for campaign finance violations during his 2002 race against Angela Speir. McDonald failed to report $46,000 in campaign contributions and $76,000 in spending from that race, a state investigator testified today.

Where did the money go?

March 23, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS March 23, 2009 — State Rep. Pam Stephenson has failed to report more than $27,000 in political donations from special-interest groups since 2003, records show. A pending state ethics complaint alleges the DeKalb County Democrat apparently failed to disclose about $20,000 in contributions. The complaint did not specify the source of the […]

Bank sues Regents chairman Tucker over ‘fraudulent’ land deal

Bank sues Regents chairman Tucker over 'fraudulent' land deal
March 23, 2009 --

A Blairsville-based bank is suing Richard L. Tucker, chairman of the state Board of Regents, to block what it described as the “fraudulent” transfer of $2 million in real estate on Lake Burton and Sea Island, property records show. United Community Bank sued Tucker (right) and several businesses Oct. 28 in Gwinnett County Superior Court. […]