Georgia Trend Daily – March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

SK Battery Plant: $5 Billion Georgia Investment at Stake in Potential Closure

Trevor Williams reports, if the imperiled SK Battery plant in Commerce ends up closing down over an intellectual-property dispute, the outcome could be twice as bad for Georgia as previously expected. It turns out that the Korean company was not just planning the $2.6 billion in capital investment and 2,500 jobs it had already publicized, but it had also already picked the site to receive more than double the amount of both.


March 5, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Creative Solutions

Ben Young reports, cities across the country and in Georgia are working on ways to tackle the problem of affordable housing. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is blazing a trail to address the issue, with $50 million in new bond funding that paves the way for creating or preserving 20,000 affordable homes by 2026.


March 5, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

West Coast heads east: Atlanta’s Black talent lures tech titans

Andy Peters reports that Ernest Holmes was very popular after he graduated from Morehouse College in 2019 with a double major in computer science and math. He fielded job offers from Microsoft, Adobe, Salesforce and Chick-fil-A, but ultimately accepted the one he really wanted: a position with Google in Mountain View, California.


March 5, 2021 Brunswick News

Spaceport critics question Camden application

Gordon Jackson reports that a rocket malfunction following a 100-degree trajectory from a proposed spaceport in Camden County would scatter debris across much of Cumberland Island but avoid Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. But move that launch trajectory to the northern range of the proposed launch angle to 83 degrees, and the debris field includes much of Cumberland Island, all of Little Cumberland Island and the southern end of Jekyll Island.


March 5, 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola’s top executives made slightly less money in 2020

Grace Donnelly reports that most of Coca-Cola’s top executives saw a small pay drop in 2020 as the beverage giant dealt with the disruptions caused by Covid-19. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) paid its C-Suite a collective $38.3 million in compensation last year,according to a March 4 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


March 5, 2021 Georgia Health News

Federal antitrust scrutiny revealed in wake of Navicent-Houston merger collapse

Andy Miller reports that the Federal Trade Commission has revealed that it investigated a proposed merger of hospital systems in Middle Georgia. The announcement Wednesday that the FTC had reviewed the deal – and then closed its probe – came less than a week after the two hospital systems said they were calling the deal off.


March 5, 2021 GPB

Georgia Secretary Of State Speaks About Election Challenges, Proposals To Change Voting Laws

Stephen Fowler reports that Republican lawmakers in Georgia have proposed a barrage of changes to voting laws that some critics have called “Jim Crow with a suit and tie,” Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has stayed largely on the sidelines regarding what should change. In an exclusive interview with GPB News, the state’s chief election official said he supports ending no-excuse absentee voting but acknowledges it’s not likely to pass.


March 5, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Second year’s a charm, House panel OKs in-state tuition for ‘Dreamers’

Ross Williams reports that some Georgia college students who are protected by the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could soon pay tuition more in line with their classmates if legislation passed by the House Higher Education Committee Thursday makes it into law. But the bill’s sponsor didn’t secure as much parity for so-called Dreamers as he initially hoped


March 5, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Bipartisan proposal would double lawmakers pay

Riley Bunch reports that House lawmakers will soon vote on whether or not their salaries should be doubled starting 2023. The bill, that has support from Republican and Democratic state legislators, was approved by the House Rules Committee Wednesday, setting it up for a full floor vote in the coming days.


March 5, 2021 The Center Square

$27B state budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 advances in Georgia House

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia House Appropriations Committee passed a $27.2 billion state spending plan for fiscal year 2022 on Thursday. The proposal would restore funding for education and other reductions lawmakers made to protect state coffers amid the pandemic.


March 5, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Education, mental health take priority in Georgia House budget

Dave Williams reports that Georgia House budget writers approved a $27.2 billion fiscal 2022 state budget Thursday that restores 10% across-the-board spending cuts the General Assembly imposed last year, with a special emphasis on education and mental health. The House Appropriations Committee supported Gov. Brian Kemp’s recommendation to restore $567.5 million in “austerity” cuts to the state’s public schools.


March 5, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Squeezed from both sides, Kemp tests 2022 reelection appeal

Greg Bluestein reports that the other day, Gov. Brian Kemp took to Fox News to tout the state’s conservative pandemic response, assail the Democratic-backed push for a $1.9 trillion relief package and declare he “absolutely” would back former President Donald Trump’s comeback bid. As he prepares for a brutal 2022 reelection bid, the Republican governor is testing new lines of attack that could make or break his campaign for a second term.

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