Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 10, 2020

Dec. 10, 2020

November Net Tax Revenues Up 8.3%

Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections in November totaled nearly $1.96 billion, for an increase of $150.9 million, or 8.3 percent, compared to November 2019 when net tax collections approached $1.81 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $10.17 billion, for an increase of $551.1 million, or 5.7 percent, compared to FY 2020.


Dec. 10, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Colquitt County is now designated Broadband Ready

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that in Southwest Georgia’s Colquitt County, an agriculture-based community, only 30% of residents have internet access. The county recently took a major step toward increasing internet connectivity by completing the necessary steps to earn the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Broadband Ready certification.


Dec. 10, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Loganville dry ice equipment maker prepares for vaccine effort

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the realities of life during a pandemic have spurred a boom in the dry ice business. The need to keep food shipments frozen as they are being transported to homes has surged in 2020.


Dec. 10, 2020 Brunswick News

Gulfstream repaid for hangar improvements

Gordon Jackson reports that a five-year sublease for a capital development project at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport that had been amended eight times was approved for closure Wednesday by the Golden Isles Development Authority. The special called meeting was held at the request of the Glynn County Airport Commission on behalf of Gulfstream Aerospace, a major tenant at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.


Dec. 10, 2020 WABE 90.1

Grants Help Georgia Counties Weather Pandemic, But Questions Linger About Private Money In Elections

Emil Moffat reports that in October, when DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond announced a $4.8 million grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, he said it would help fund the November elections and future elections. “We want to make sure that we build an election system that all citizens of DeKalb can be proud of,” said Thurmond.


Dec. 10, 2020 |Daily Report

Ga. Chief Justice Warns Judges Who Conduct Jury Trials to ‘Remain Vigilant’ About COVID-19

Robin McDonald reports that Georgia’s chief justice has issued a new extension of a nine-month-old judicial emergency declaration addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, but he included an advisory for judges this time.


Dec. 10, 2020 The Current

Counting votes: Who’s watching the watchers in Georgia elections?

Laura Corley reports, more eyes were watching Georgia’s ballot counting process in person this year as Democratic President Elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in a razor-thin margin. Whose eyes were watching? It’s tough to say.


Dec. 10, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Loeffler, Perdue back Texas lawsuit to overturn Georgia election results

Beau Evans reports that Georgia’s two U.S. senators and more than a dozen Republican state lawmakers are backing a lawsuit brought by the state of Texas on Tuesday seeking to overturn the certified results of Georgia’s presidential election. U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans, said in a joint statement late Tuesday that they support the Texas lawsuit despite opposition from Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr’s office, which called the suit “constitutionally, legally and factually wrong.”


Dec. 10, 2020 Georgia Recorder

State lawmakers push changes after absentee ballots key in 2020 election

Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia’s state Senate Republicans conceded Tuesday they don’t have the votes to call for a special legislative session or the authority to overturn the Nov. 3 presidential election, but they vowed to restrict access to mail-in voting when they return next month for the new legislative session. Eliminating no-excuse absentee balloting is high on the list, a new sore point when Democrats scored big wins after a record 1.3 million Georgians used absentee ballots in Georgia’s general election this year.


Dec. 10, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Biden to campaign in Atlanta on Tuesday for Ossoff, Warnock

Greg Bluestein reports that President-elect Joe Biden will campaign in Atlanta on Tuesday for Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to rally Democrats ahead of Jan. 5 runoffs to determine control of the U.S. Senate. The event coincides with the first week of early voting in the twin contests – and comes a day after presidential electors in Georgia and other states formally cast their votes to make Biden the next president.


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