Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 18, 2020

Feb. 18, 2020 WABE 90.1

Atlanta-Based Delta Shares News About Plans To Go Carbon Neutral, Employees’ Big Payday

Jim Burress and Maria White Tillman report that Valentine’s Day was especially robust for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. The company announced Friday that it will be the first global airline to become completely carbon neutral.


Feb. 18, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Shifting Sands

Christy Simo and Ben Young present the Georgia Trend 2020 Legislative Guide, our indispensable guide to lawmakers convening in Atlanta to hash out the state’s laws and finances. This year’s session began Monday, Jan. 13. Each session can last no more than 40 legislative days.


Feb. 18, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta to spend $200 million on road projects, trails

Adrianne Murchison reports that Alpharetta will spend $200 milllion for road and infrastructure improvements over the next eight years, said Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin during his State of the City Address this week. When completed, Gilvin said the projects will provide for shorter commutes for drivers and transform some neighborhoods.


Feb. 18, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Macy’s exec: Midtown probably “best location in the South” for tech talent

Douglas Sams reports that Naveen Krishna, Macy’s chief technology officer, cites several reasons companies are moving tech jobs from the West Coast to southern cities such as Atlanta. Greater affordability. Easier commutes. More diversity.


Feb. 18, 2020 Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta sues pharmaceutical company over price hike

Ross Williams reports that in 2001, a vial of a medical gel called Acthar cost $40. Today, that same vial would set you back nearly $40,000. If you pay taxes in Marietta, you’ve helped pay some of that cost, and the city is looking to bring prices back down with a lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt, whose principal executive office is in the UK.


Feb. 18, 2020 Saporta Report

Georgia could close more criminal records, open more opportunities, say supporters

Maggie Lee reports that criminal records in Georgia stick to people longer than they do in most other states. But a tight labor market and shifting attitudes in the state Legislature may be about to change that.


Feb. 18, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Help us spotlight deserving leaders

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, Georgia Trend turns 35 this year. One of the ways we plan to celebrate is by publishing a special section that recognizes Legacy Leaders from around the state. Our readers have the opportunity to help determine the outstanding leaders we spotlight.


Feb. 18, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Gilliard plans to rescind sponsorship of bill affecting county police agencies

Nick Robertson reports that a pair of bills progressing through Georgia’s legislative branch call for establishing procedures to abolish county police departments statewide, but a local sponsor of the bills, Representative Carl Gillard of District 162, has reconsidered his support. Senate Bill 317 and House Bill 866 both aim “to provide a method for the abolition of a county police department and returning the law enforcement functions of such department to the sheriff of the county.”


Feb. 18, 2020 All On Georgia

EPA Sending $53 Mil for Infrastructure Projects to Protect Surface Water and Drinking Water in GA

Staff reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the availability of $2.7 billion for State Revolving Funds (SRFs), including $53,087,000 for Georgia. This funding assists states, tribes and territories with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the country.


Feb. 18, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Mental health advocates say cuts to state safety net are deadly serious

John McCosh reports that o fficials in charge of Georgia’s mental health safety net offered dire predictions after the governor ordered nearly all state agencies to slash spending. People suffering from mental illnesses would land in the emergency room, they said.


Feb. 18, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia military-retirement tax exemption could result in hundreds of millions in lost revenue

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a Georgia lawmaker is reconsidering refiling a proposal that would make military retirement and survivor benefits tax exempt. Sen. Zahra Karinshak, D–Duluth, sent the bill, originally filed in the 2019 legislative session, to the Department of Audit and Accounts for review late last month.


Feb. 18, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UGA poll: Georgians back Kemp’s teacher pay hike

Greg Bluestein reports that a University of Georgia poll released Tuesday showed voters overwhelmingly support Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to hike teacher pay this year even if it meant raising taxes or slashing other spending.


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