Georgia Trend Daily – July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

June Net Tax Revenues Up 29.1 Percent, FY 2021 Up 13.5 Percent

Staff reports, the State of Georgia’s June net tax collections totaled $2.5 billion for an increase of $563.1 million, or 29.1 percent, compared to June 2020 when net tax collections totaled nearly $1.94 billion as of June 30, 2020.


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July 13, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy reports, almost lost in the response and reaction to Georgia’s controversial new voting bill were some wide-ranging bipartisan measures passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp that take effect July 1. HB 146 provides three weeks of paid parental leave for state government employees following the birth or adoption of a child or taking in a foster child.


July 13, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Massive Georgia plant to turn plastic into fuels, chemicals

Christopher Quinn reports that a San Francisco company says it will build the nation’s largest plastic waste processing plant outside of Macon, a facility that eventually could offer a solution to one of the country’s most visible and pressing environmental problems — plastic pollution. Brightmark, which markets itself as a company that’s renewing the world by finding solutions to environmental challenges, plans to initially turn plastic waste into diesel fuel and chemicals.


July 13, 2021

Five Latin American Fintechs Disrupting Traditional Banking Showcased in Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that five fast-growing Latin American fintech firms used virtual talks at Atlanta’s Fintech South conference last month to paint a picture of a maturing region where local innovations are being parlayed into global integrations. Atlanta has long been recognized as an international payments hub, but it has remained relatively isolated from consumer-facing companies across Latin America.


July 13, 2021 The Center Square

Census Bureau: Georgia businesses faring better than rest of country

Nyamekye Daniel reports that fewer Georgia small businesses reported experiencing adverse effects from the COVID-19 pandemic than the national average, according to the latest survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey found only 22.2% of businesses in the state reported the pandemic had a “large negative effect” on their businesses compared with 25.2% of businesses nationwide.


July 13, 2021 Albany Herald

Department of Education awards $2.4 million grant to ABAC

Staff reports that thanks to a five-year $2.4 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education, the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will continue its legacy of helping farmworkers reach their academic goals for the 21st consecutive year. Scott Pierce, director of sponsored programs at ABAC, said the program is one of only two such programs in the state of Georgia that provides much-needed services to the agricultural work force.


July 13, 2021 University of Georgia

Harrison Foundation pledges $1M to UGA Poultry Science Building

Maria Lameiras reports that the R. Harold and Patsy Harrison Foundation has pledged $1 million toward the construction of a new Poultry Science Building on the University of Georgia’s Athens campus, expanding the legacy of the Harrison family in Georgia’s poultry industry. The $1 million commitment is the first seven-figure gift to the Poultry Science Building campaign and the foundation’s first gift to the University of Georgia.


July 13, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Mental health called Georgia’s ‘next pandemic’ as substance abuse rises

Jill Nolin reports that mental health advocates are warning of a coming mental health and substance abuse crisis on the heels of a pandemic that brought isolation to many and heartache to those who lost loved ones to COVID-19. “We’re looking at this – as mental health – as being the next pandemic,” said Abdul Henderson, executive director of Mental Health America of Georgia.


July 13, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Judge rules Columbia County split from judicial circuit constitutional

Sandy Hodson reports that only one issue mattered Monday, the judge told lawyers for and against the splitting of the Augusta Judicial Circuit: Is Senate Bill 9 constitutional? At the end of the day, the judge said it is.



July 13, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia mental health advocates release platform to improve access to care

Dave Williams reports that a coalition of mental health and substance abuse organizations is pushing for Georgia to do something about the state’s dismal status as 51st in the nation in access to mental health care. The Georgia Mental Health Policy Partnership and Substance Use Disorder Community Monday unveiled a “unified vision” for how to improve mental health and substance abuse care.


July 13, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Republican Evans mounts 6th District bid as ‘conservative trailblazer’

Greg Bluestein reports that a former chairman of the Georgia ethics commission entered the race Tuesday for a suburban U.S. House seat, framing himself as a “conservative trailblazer” who would unite fellow Republicans to defeat Democratic incumbent Lucy McBath. Jake Evans said in an interview he joined the contest because “the radical left is seeking to erase our culture, our values and our American identity” and Republicans needed a new catalyst to energize voters in once-reliably conservative territory.



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