Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 14, 2020

Feb. 14, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia’s retirement plans could be restored in next decade

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia has moved the needle on its state retirement systems’ liabilities and may see full funding in the next 10 to 20 years, officials said. The state’s two retirement plans have an average funded ratio of 76 percent, which is above the national average of 69 percent, according to the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts. It is a rising trend to better fiscal health for the state.


Feb. 14, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports that Republican businesswoman Kelly Loeffler became Georgia’s junior senator in January, when she was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence. She was selected by Gov. Brian Kemp to replace former Sen. Johnny Isakson, who retired for health reasons.


Feb. 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta employees welcome Valentine’s Day bonus, but not everyone profits

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Valentine’s Day is extra special at Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta-based carrier will pay a $1.6 billion profit-sharing bonus on Friday  to its roughly 90,000 employees — about two months’ worth of pay.


Feb. 14, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Forthcoming hotel boasts Blue Ridge’s first rooftop bar with mountain views

Chris Fuhrmeister reports that a forthcoming North Georgia hotel promises to offer the area’s first mountain view as seen from a rooftop bar. Hampton Inn by Hilton has broken ground in Blue Ridge, Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group Inc. and Blue Ridge Hotel LLC announced Thursday.


Feb. 14, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Kindred to close Rome hospital

Doug Walker reports that Kindred Hospital in Rome, a long term acute care hospital at 304 Turner McCall Blvd., will be closing this spring. Kindred Healthcare, LLC, based in Louisville, Kentucky, leases the building from a third-party real estate investment partnership.


Feb. 14, 2020 Albany Herald

Study says Charlton County mine won’t harm Okefenokee

Staff reports that Twin Pines Minerals, an industry-leading minerals and mining company, has announced the results of geologic and hydrogeologic studies to determine the viability of its plan to mine titanium and zirconium from the layers of sand and soil on its Charlton County property.


Feb. 14, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Taking care of women’s hearts

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, it’s Valentine’s Day and our thoughts turn to loving, thankful and happy hearts. However, it’s also a day to contemplate broken hearts, which often go undetected in women.


Feb. 14, 2020 WABE 90.1

Atlanta’s Pro Sports Teams Join Forces To Support Legalized Sports Gambling

Emil Moffat reports that Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay remembers sitting in an NFL meeting recently, talking about the Oakland Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas. It’s a city that was once off-limits for professional sports teams because of its association with gambling.


Feb. 14, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Farmers defend partnership with university systems

Riley Bunch reports that farmers took to the podium at the Capitol Tuesday to defend funding for university system-driven research and innovation in agriculture. Partnerships between Georgia farmers and universities have contributed to globally renowned agricultural improvements like water irrigation efficiency and drought tolerant turf grass.


Feb. 14, 2020 GPB

Gov. Kemp talks about state of budget process

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp says he foresees a “great budget” when the second round of budget discussions end this week. Just 12 days into the 2020 session under the Gold Dome, lawmakers decided to take a second break — after having discussed at length already in January concerns they had with the governor’s proposed 4% cuts to the budget this year and 6% cuts next year.


Feb. 14, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Ga. delegation split as U.S. House votes to remove one ERA obstacle

Robin Bravender reports that the U.S. House voted on Thursday to remove one barrier to adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but plenty of legal and political obstacles remain. The House voted 232-183 on Thursday — largely along partisan lines — to approve a resolution that would remove an expired congressional deadline for the ratification of a constitutional amendment to ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex.


Feb. 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia House budget writers vote down some of Kemp’s proposed cuts

James Salzer reports that Georgia House budget writers began voting Thursday on Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposals to cut state spending, deciding, among other things, to add money to fund more food safety inspectors and prevent agency furloughs. The House is expected to approve a midyear spending plan next week.


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