Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 13, 2019

Feb. 13, 2019

January State Revenue Report

Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections for January totaled $2.25 billion, for a decrease of $314.1 million, or -12.2 percent, compared to January 2018, when net tax collections totaled roughly $2.57 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $14.07 billion, for an increase of $202.8 million, or 1.5 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $13.87 billion.

Feb. 13, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

A Full Plate

Ben Young reports, this year’s legislative session represents a changing of the guard, with our first new governor in eight years, our first new lieutenant governor in 12 years and many new faces in both chambers. Planning for the 2020 budget will likely continue along the conservative path of former Gov. Nathan Deal, who established a decent rainy day fund in his term and budgeted for only modest increases in revenue.

Feb. 13, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Restored Cyclorama opens

Bo Emerson reports that the colossal “The Battle of Atlanta” painting, which once toured city to city like a rock musician, has seen hard times. It’s been torn, stained, ripped, abandoned and left out in the weather.

Feb. 13, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Cox Enterprises nearing $3B deal to sell its TV stations

David Allison reports that Atlanta-based media giant Cox Enterprises Inc. is in talks to sell its TV stations to Apollo Global Management LLC for nearly $3 billion, Reuters reported citing unnamed sources.

Feb. 13, 2019 University of North Georgia

Fulbright U.S. Student Program recognizes UNG as top producer

J. K. Devine reports, for the second consecutive year, the University of North Georgia (UNG) has been recognized nationally as a top-producing university for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The recognition is for the current academic year. The Fulbright is a prestigious and highly competitive fellowship that enables graduate students to pursue academic endeavors overseas.

Feb. 13, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Final approvals granted for Northside Hospital-Gwinnett Health System merger

Isabel Hughes reports that after years of delay, the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System, the parent of Gwinnett Medical Center, has finally been approved, officials announced Tuesday. In a statement, the systems said that late last week, the Federal Trade Commission completed its review of the merger and gave its approval to move forward.

Feb. 13, 2019 GPB

Kemp Names Members of Georgians First Commission

Morgan Carter reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced his elected officials for Georgians First Commission Tuesday. Kemp named Cade Joiner and James Whitley to co-chair the commission. The two will lead the 18 member organization and report recommendations back to the governor’s office.

Feb. 13, 2019

During Tough 2018, Mohawk Preps for the Future With Global Acquisitions

Trevor Williams reports, facing a tougher year than expected in 2018, Mohawk Industries nonetheless made key acquisitions around its global system that executives believe will set the Calhoun, Ga.-based flooring on better footing by 2020.

Feb. 13, 2019 University of Georgia

$3 million gift to aid first-generation law students

Lona Panter reports, thanks to a $3 million gift—the largest outright donation in school history—the University of Georgia School of Law will be able to continue transforming the legal education experience for many of its first-generation college graduates. The First-Start Scholars Program, created by a lead gift from 1982 alumna Kathelen V. Amos and the Daniel P. Amos Family Foundation, will begin awarding scholarships in the fall of 2019.

Feb. 13, 2019 Brunswick News

Senate passes bill expanding Fort Frederica

Wes Wolfe reports, it’s been a long time coming, but the U.S. Senate passed a massive public lands bill Tuesday, and included is a provision expanding the boundaries of Fort Frederica National Monument. “I am so pleased to see the Senate pass this legislation to preserve the rich, historical significance and archaeological heritage of some of Georgia’s oldest landmarks,” U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said in a statement.

Feb. 13, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Bill would pool social services data

Diane Wagner reports that legislation creating a centralized state database of social services is moving through the House with powerful backers, and the sponsor says a recent change to federal law makes it imperative to pass it now. “Some federal programs under Family First are going to affect DFCS and foster care greatly,” said Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome. “There are waivers available, but we’re going to need that data to show what’s working.”

Feb. 13, 2019 WABE 90.1

Gov. Brian Kemp Ties School Safety To Students’ Mental Health

Sam Whitehead reports that Gov. Brian Kemp says helping students with mental health issues will make schools safer, and he’s putting money behind that idea. His proposed amended FY2019 budget includes $8.4 million for the Georgia Apex Program, which brings mental health professionals into public high schools to supplement the counseling services they already provide.

Feb. 13, 2019 11Alive

Georgia lawmakers want to triple their salaries in new proposal

Doug Richards reports that Georgia lawmakers have introduced a bill that would raise their salaries by more than 300 percent. Legislators only make about $17,000 a year for work that is technically part-time. On a typical February day at the Capitol, lawmakers are at the center of a beehive of constituents, lobbyists and influencers. And among them all, the legislators are among the most poorly paid.

Feb. 13, 2019 Georgia Health News

State’s health care will look very different if major bills pass

Andy Miller reports, this could be the General Assembly session that rocks Georgia health care. Between the regulatory reform measures already introduced, and the coming bill on federal “waivers,’’ lawmakers have a chance to reconfigure the medical landscape in the state.

Feb. 13, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s business-driven shift on Medicaid

Jim Galloway reports, if you’re looking for the point at which Republicans in Georgia began their slow turn toward Obamacare and the expansion of health care coverage it offers, 2015 is one of several places to start. That’s when the state’s business leaders were presented with evidence that the U.S. could quickly end up with two economies: One for states with adequate health care, and another for states without.

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