Governor’s add-ons in lean budget year concern legislators DeKalb school board: Lewis’ leave helps remove distractions
Food stamp bill raises conflict-of-interest questions Lawsuit alleges Delta, AirTran collusion on fees Dawson County suspends ex-Lakeside principal without pay Agreement signed over Dougherty superintendent lawsuit
ATL nursing home chains pay $14M settlement Fulton County improves on elections Cobb EMC’s bylaw changes disputed Trial date set for former Dodge County sheriff
Why should Georgia give corporations — including many based in other states and countries — a special tax break during a recession when it cannot afford to pay for schools, parks, courts and child protection? That is just what two House bills would do, even though more than half of corporations pay the minimum for the corporate net worth tax — just 10 bucks.
DeKalb superintendent temporarily steps down Fulton County grand jury to look into SCLC accounts Who’s to blame for GBI Crime Lab delays? High school tests to come under state scrutiny next Some DeKalb cops angry at county GA ethics panel gets name of tax deadbeat in House EPD, EPA get complaints of toxic wastes buried […]
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A judge Tuesday gave Gov. Sonny Perdue 30 days to hire attorneys for convicted felons who have gone as long as three years without them. The state is constitutionally required to provide the lawyers even if the responsible agency, the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, doesn’t have the cash to do so, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry W. Baxter ruled.
Hundreds of state officials — legislators, department heads, members of boards and commissions — haven’t submitted financial disclosures that were due last July. Countless politicians also failed to report campaign finances on time — or at all. But the State Ethics Commission, crippled by budget cuts, usually does nothing more than e-mail them a reminder. Says Tom Plank, interim executive secretary of the commission: “We can’t even mail them a letter.” Read my Ethics Watch column online here in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.