Georgia Trend Daily – June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

Milletech Systems Inc. to Move Entire Operation to Georgia, Create 465 Jobs in Fulton County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that enterprise software solutions and services company Milletech Systems Inc. will bring their offshore operations to Atlanta. Milletech, a woman-owned Georgia State Minority Certified business, will create 465 jobs in Fulton County.


June 25, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Modern Medical Model

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that for small-town hospitals in Georgia – and across the country – using outsourced staff to run the emergency department and other medical services is not uncommon. Often this model is more efficient for hospitals with limited resources.


June 25, 2020 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Flooring manufacturer to create 300 jobs in Calhoun, invest more than $70 million

Staff reports that Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced Wednesday that Creative Flooring Solutions (CFL), a manufacturer of laminate, wood and luxury vinyl tile, will create 300 jobs and invest more than $70 million in a new manufacturing facility in Calhoun. “We are thrilled that CFL has chosen Gordon County to expand their business operations to more effectively reach their customer base,” Kemp said.


June 25, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia companies worry about restrictions on guest workers

Christopher Quinn reports that some Georgia businesses and nonprofits say they will have a tougher time hiring the employees they need to stay competitive after President Donald Trump signed an order restricting work visas for many foreigners.


June 25, 2020 University of Georgia

UGA’s GeorgiaDATA website assisting communities across the state

Roger Nielsen reports that Georgia’s state and local leaders can access accurate, current data to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the economics of their communities through, a resource designed by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Such data is vital to communities’ ability to plan and budget in the midst of the pandemic.


June 25, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Bill aims to ban election offices from mailing absentee ballots requests

Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia’s House Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday voted to ban election officials from mailing absentee ballot applications to voters, a Republican-backed proposal that would likely stop a repeat of June’s election when a record 1 million people participated by mail.


June 25, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Increased fees for coal ash storage in Georgia clears legislature

Beau Evans reports that legislation to increase the fees for storing toxic coal ash at landfills in Georgia passed out of the General Assembly Wednesday. Senate Bill 123, sponsored by Sen. William Ligon, would raise the fee for coal ash disposal from $1 per ton to $2.50 per ton, matching the fees charged for other items.


June 25, 2020 GPB

Education Takes Big Hit In Proposed Budget

Donna Lowry reports that this week, Gov. Brian Kemp released a revised revenue estimate that asks for 10% in cuts by state agencies, down from 11% a few weeks ago and 14% in early May. More than $1 billion has been proposed to be cut from the education coffers.


June 25, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald, Capitol Beat News

Vaping tax proposal revived in Georgia House panel

Beau Evans reports that Georgia House lawmakers revived a proposal Wednesday to slap an excise tax on vaping in Georgia and raise the minimum age for who can purchase tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. A bill sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Rich, R-Suwanee, was shot down on the state house floor in March over a late change that cut the proposed 7% excise tax in half for so-called “modified-risk” tobacco items, like smokeless dip.


June 25, 2020 The Center Square

Criminal record expungement bill clears Georgia House

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a bill that would increase the number of criminal records that can be sealed was approved unanimously Wednesday by the Georgia House. Senate Bill 288 would allow certain misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies to qualify for expungement


June 25, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post, Capitol Beat News

Bill to continue COVID-19 unemployment benefits in Georgia passes General Assembly

Beau Evans reports that the General Assembly passed legislation Wednesday to keep in place certain unemployment benefits that were expanded in Georgia during the coronavirus pandemic.


June 25, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Legislature adopts sweeping reforms for senior care homes

Carrie Teegarden reports that a bill to improve staffing, training and accountability in Georgia’s senior care homes is headed to Gov. Brian Kemp after the House on Wednesday approved a Senate version of HB 987.


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