Georgia Trend Daily – March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 Rome News-Tribune, Capitol Beat News

Georgia Gov. Kemp commits $100M to combat coronavirus

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp asked the General Assembly Wednesday to add $100 million to this year’s state budget to deal with the impacts of coronavirus in Georgia. “The spread of coronavirus represents a significant threat to our state’s health network, financial well-being and, most importantly, the health and safety of our citizenry,” Kemp wrote in a letter to the chairmen of the state House and Senate Appropriations committees.


March 12, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Douglasville/Douglas County: Welcoming Disrupter

Amy Bonesteel reports that Douglas County, just west of Atlanta, has been busy establishing itself as an outlier, one that is thinking ahead and coloring outside the lines. Over the past 10 years, they’ve welcomed companies like McMaster-Carr, Gordon Food Service and Google to the county.


March 12, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump Europe travel restriction to hit Atlanta airport, Delta hard

Kelly Yamancouchi reports that President Donald Trump’s tight restrictions on travel from most of Europe to the United States for the next 30 days in response to the coronavirus will have a major impact on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world’s busiest airport. Delta Air Lines operates many flights to Europe from Atlanta, its largest hub.


March 12, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Big Atlanta dental convention cancels over coronavirus

David Allison reports that the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting – one of the nation’s largest dental meetings – said late Wednesday it has cancelled Hinman 2020, which was scheduled for March 19-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.


March 12, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia tax revenue sees year-over-year increase for February

Nyamekye Daniel reports that year-over-year tax revenue grew by 4.2 percent in February, according to numbers released by the Georgia Department of Revenue. February’s net tax collections totaled $1.35 billion, a $54.9 million increase over February 2019.


March 12, 2020

Medline Industries, Inc. to Create 150 Jobs, Invest $70 Million in Bryan County

Staff reports that Brian P. Kemp announced on March 11 that Bryan County will be home to Georgia’s newest Medline Industries, Inc. location in the state. Medline, the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, will invest over $70 million to build a new distribution center in Richmond Hill that will create 150 new jobs with capacity for more than 600 workers as the company grows.


March 12, 2020

Kerry Group to Invest $125 Million in Georgia, Punctuating Ireland’s Investment Push

Trevor Williams reports that Kerry Group is investing $125 million to expand a Rome, Ga., factory that will create 100 new jobs when completed early next year. Some 400 people will be employed during construction, which is set to begin immediately.


March 12, 2020 WABE 90.1

How More Flash Drought Research Could Be Helpful In Georgia

Molly Samuel reports that maybe you wish it would just stop raining in Atlanta. Last summer, it kind of did. “In July, it almost literally stopped raining — not quite literally — but we got 35% of our normal rainfall in the months of July, August and September,” said Katherine Zitsch, manager of natural resources at the Atlanta Regional Commission.


March 12, 2020 Emory University

Three Emory hospitals named top Georgia and US hospitals in Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals 2020

Staff reports that three Emory hospitals have been named as top Georgia and US hospitals in Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals 2020, which ranks more than 1,500 leading hospitals in 21 countries. In Newsweek’s “Best Hospitals – USA” list, hospitals are ranked nationally and by state.


March 12, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Savannah halts St. Patrick’s Day festival, parade

DeAnn Komanecky and Will Peebles report that Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced Wednesday the postponement of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day events, calling the decision to make it creating “one of the hardest days of my life.” Johnson made the announcement at a press conference held at City Hall.


March 12, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald

State: Athens-Clarke must stop using paper ballots

Lee Shearer reports that the Georgia State Elections Board ordered Athens-Clarke County to return to using the state’s new voting machines after a day-long hearing in Athens on Wednesday.


March 12, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

CDC funds will help states fight COVID-19

Staff reports that Georgia will receive nearly $14.8 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help provide resources for state and local jurisdictions as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “State and local health departments are on the frontlines of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, and we are deeply grateful for their work,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who added that the CDC is distributing funds quickly, as called for by Congress.


March 12, 2020 Rome News-Tribune, Capitol Beat News

Chance to clean up criminal records heads to Ga. Senate

Beau Evans reports that second-chance legislation allowing Georgians to clear minor offenses off their criminal records in the interest of helping them secure jobs and housing is set for a vote in the Georgia Senate Thursday.


March 12, 2020 Saporta Report

Georgia House panel doesn’t budge on college bill for dreamers

Maggie Lee reports that dreamers’ hopes of paying in-state tuition at Georgia colleges were set back again Wednesday, as a state House committee took no action to equalize tuition rates with students who have U.S. citizenship.


March 12, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Legalized casinos, sports betting, horse racing back before Georgia House

Beau Evans reports that Georgia House lawmakers pushed long-awaited gambling legislation out the front door Wednesday ahead of a key deadline in this year’s General Assembly session. Voters statewide would be asked whether casinos, horse racing and sports betting should be legalized in Georgia via an amendment to the state’s constitution.


March 12, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

5 key issues that could see votes on Crossover Day

Maya T. Prabhu and Amanda C. Coyne report that hundreds of bills hang in the balance at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, the self-imposed deadline for legislation to pass at least one chamber. Dozens of bills ranging from the hotly contested to the mundane will be debated on Crossover Day, which occurs on the 28th business day of each year’s 40-day legislative session.


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