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Money, transparency questions linger over Braves’ move

February 26, 2014 --

As Cobb County proceeds with plans to subsidize a $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves, questions continue to surface about the transparency of county leaders’ deliberations and the accuracy of the projected public benefit and cost to taxpayers. Here’s what I’ve written on the subject recently in  for Atlanta Magazine’s Daily Agenda:

Proposed law could cloud spending details on Braves, Falcons stadiums
What Cobb businesses might be taxed to help cover Braves stadium costs?

Did Cobb commissioners’ briefings on Braves violate Open Meetings Act?

Braves may seek even more millions in public assistance

Who knew about Tim Lee’s ties to turf company before Braves deal?

Rookie rep eats crow for sex offender bill

Rookie rep eats crow for sex offender bill
February 24, 2014 --

Feb. 24, 2014 — All eyes at the Capitol fell on Rep. Sam Moore today as he tried to explain his bill to allow sex offenders to hang out next to elementary schools and day-care centers.

Audit: Crappy job, pay fuel DJJ officers’ alarming turnover rate

January 2, 2014 --

Jan. 2, 2014 — Georgia’s juvenile correctional officers, frustrated by low morale, stingy pay and thin staffing, quit their jobs three times as often as other state employees, state auditors say. Some 57 percent of DJJ’s entry-level officers resigned in FY 2013. A self-perpetuating downward spiral might best describe personnel practices outlined in the just-released audit. The constant turnover weakens staffing levels, so the remaining officers will have to work extra hours for which they won’t be paid immediately, if at all. Most don’t hang around for the two years necessary to qualify for promotion.