Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 14, 2020

Jan. 14, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald, Capitol Beat

Georgia tax revenues rebound in December

Dave Williams reports that Georgia lawmakers got some good news on tax revenues Monday but not enough to avoid painful cuts in state spending as the 2020 General Assembly session unfolds. State tax collections last month rose 3%, or $65.8 million, compared to December of last year, the Georgia Department of Revenue reported Monday.


Jan. 14, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2020 Notable Georgians

Staff reports on the individuals who are on the list of 2020 Notable Georgians.


Jan. 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hiring jumps at small businesses in Atlanta, slows at large companies

Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta’s job market is stronger today than a year ago. But for right now, analysts say, it seems that smaller companies are doing the heavy lifting.


Jan. 14, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Comcast launches $45M sports tech accelerator program out of The Battery

Eric Jackson reports that the Battery is home to a variety of restaurants, residences and retail shops — and thanks to a new partnership a thinktank for sports technology startups will be added to that list this fall. Comcast NBCUniversal has launched a new accelerator program for sports tech startups called SportsTech and it will be operated out of Comcast Central Division headquarters at The Battery.


Jan. 14, 2020

First Lady’s GRACE Commission, DOAS to Implement Anti-Human Trafficking Training, Host Self-Defense Classes

Staff reports that First Lady Marty Kemp and the Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education (GRACE) Commission, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), launched Human Trafficking Awareness Training for State of Georgia employees on Monday. As public servants, state employees are uniquely positioned to safeguard the well-being of our citizens.


Jan. 14, 2020

Anheuser-Busch to Expand in Cartersville

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that longtime Bartow County community partner Anheuser-Busch will expand operations at its facility in Cartersville, Georgia, generating an $85 million investment and 12 new jobs. “Anheuser-Busch is a source of pride in Georgia’s advanced manufacturing lineup, and this Cartersville plant expansion will allow continued competitiveness within the beer industry,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.


Jan. 14, 2020 Saporta Report

SunTrust, BB&T launch Truist Purple visual identity and logo

Maria Saporta reports that in a highly-anticipated Monday morning release, Truist – the entity created by the merger of SunTrust and BB&T – unveiled its logo, symbolizing the concept of a true merger of equals. For example, the color is a deep purple, the merging BB&T’s burgundy with SunTrust’s blue.


Jan. 14, 2020 Gainesville Times

These numbers show demand far outweighs supply for those needing mental health help

Nick Watson reports that “Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others.” That stunning statement comes from the Community Health Needs Assessment of Northeast Georgia, a study of the health needs of the communities served by different hospital facilities and the health department.


Jan. 14, 2020 WABE 90.1

Plan Advances to Tax Ride Shares, Short Term Rentals As Lawmakers Return To Work

Emil Moffat and Emma Hurt report that on the first day of the 2020 legislative session, the Georgia Senate moved forward with a plan to compel online retailers and companies like Uber and Airbnb to collect state sales tax. Given Gov. Brian Kemp’s mandated budget cuts, a stalled proposal to tax what are known as “marketplace facilitators” has picked up traction this year.


Jan. 14, 2020 Marietta Daily Journal

Start of session brings budget discussion, dual enrollment and coal ash reform

Thomas Hartwell reports that the 2020 legislative session began Monday morning, and as the state looks for ways to pinch pennies, Cobb lawmakers are taking aim at costly education programs and coal ash pollution of Georgians’ water, among other priorities. “This week is really just kind of everybody getting their starting point on things, working with legislative counsel — legislative counsel is who drafts the bills,” said Rep. Bert Reeves, R–Marietta.


Jan. 14, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Lawmakers pass on gambling

Riley Bunch reports that Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and the Senate Majority Caucus both told the press Monday gambling is not on their priority list this year. During study committees, lawmakers lobbied in favor of putting the legalization of sports betting, horse racing and other forms of gambling on the ballot as a constitutional amendment — with voters ultimately making the decision.


Jan. 14, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Local doctor expected to step into U.S. House race this week

John Bailey reports that a well-known Harbin Clinic neurosurgeon is expected to announce his bid this week for the U.S. House seat for the 14th District to be vacated by current Rep. Tom Graves. Dr. John Cowan, who is also the CEO of Rome-based Cortex Toys, has hinted for a few weeks at his desire to run for the seat as a Republican.


Jan. 14, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Georgia House Republicans say big pharmacy managers cause pain

Maggie Lee reports that the prescription drug cards in many Georgians’ pockets could come courtesy of companies that Georgia House Republicans say are fleecing people and the government. The state House GOP caucus is threatening new regulations on those so-called pharmacy benefit managers.


Jan. 14, 2020 The Center Square

Remote marketplace tax sees action on first day of Georgia legislative session

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia lawmakers will reconsider a bill that could result in tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue for the state. The Georgia Senate voted Monday to submit a Senate version of a House bill that would require sales and use taxes to be collected from retailers who coordinate the sale of products or provide services in the state.


Jan. 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Top lawmakers offer no assurances on seat belt law

David Wickert reports that traffic safety advocates hope the General Assembly will strengthen Georgia’s seat belt law this year. But key leaders of the state House and Senate offered no assurances that such legislation would pass in public comments in recent days.


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