Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 9, 2021

Nov. 9, 2021

October Net Tax Revenues Up 22.9 Percent

Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections in October approached $2.48 billion, for an increase of $460.7 million, or 22.9 percent, compared to October 2020, when net tax collections totaled roughly $2.02 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled nearly $9.58 billion, for an increase of $1.36 billion, or 16.6 percent, over FY 2021.

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Nov. 9, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Supporting the arts in Georgia

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has awarded grants to 67 arts, cultural, historical and educational organizations in 50 counties throughout the state. The Vibrant Communities and Cultural Facilities grants for 2022 total $600,000.

Nov. 9, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rural Georgia makes plans for spending COVID-19 relief dollars

Tia Mitchell reports that John Graham watched as the lack of reliable internet access made the coronavirus pandemic even tougher for families where he lives. His Warren County neighbors couldn’t work from home, and students weren’t able to complete assignments.

Nov. 9, 2021

Gov. Kemp: Remington Firearms to Locate Global Headquarters, Open New Advanced Manufacturing Facility, World-class Research and Development Center in LaGrange

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced Remington Firearms (RemArms), America’s oldest firearms manufacturer, will locate its global headquarters and open a new advanced manufacturing operation as well as a world-class research and development center in LaGrange, Georgia.

Nov. 9, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times

Georgia Power donates to Wiregrass task force

Staff reports that Georgia Power has donated $30,000 to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to support the college’s economic development effort in its newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.  The mission of this group is to closely examine available data to identify gaps or barriers that may be unintentionally derailing the ability of a student to be successful, college officials said in a statement.

Nov. 9, 2021 Albany Herald

DOT awards 20 projects valued at $132 million-plus in September

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation awarded a total of 20 projects valued at approximately $132,592,933 in September. The largest single investment, worth approximately $8.7 million, was awarded to Seacoast Inc.

Nov. 9, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Rome to receive partial settlement in opioid lawsuit

Peyton Elliot reports that the Rome City Commission is expecting to receive a partial settlement in a class action lawsuit against a dozen or so top opioid manufacturers. Rome and Floyd joined a suit with Chattooga and Whitfield counties and the city of Cartersville in May 2018.

Nov. 9, 2021 Reporter News

Justices, Chick-fil-A exec discuss equity in criminal justice

Bob Pepalis reports, at a Nov. 3 luncheon, former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton and Chick-fil-A executive Rodney Bullard said that solving criminal justice problems should start with juveniles before they head down the wrong path in life. Leadership Sandy Springs hosted the “Equity in Justice” discussion, which shared stories of how at-risk youth can succeed in school and life.

Nov. 9, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia GOP Reps. Greene, Clyde fined again for going mask-less on House floor

Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia Republican U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde continue to rack up fines for violating House rules that require wearing masks on the House floor. Greene and Clyde were handed multiple fines by the House Ethics Committee on Monday, marking the second week in a row the Republican representatives have been punished for defying rules enacted as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov. 9, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Legislative redistricting complaints get down to local level

Dave Williams reports that Georgians whose cities and counties would be divided under a new state House map proposed by legislative Republicans complained Monday the new districts would unfairly dilute their voting power. During a nearly three-hour hearing, residents from Coweta County, Peachtree City, Dunwoody and other communities pleaded with members of the House Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee not to divide their communities into multiple House districts in order to accommodate population changes reflected in the 2020 U.S. Census.

Nov. 9, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Special Grand Jury likely in Trump election case

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that the criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump violated elections laws by interfering with the November outcome could soon enter a new phase. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is likely to impanel a special grand jury to probe Trump’s attempt to reverse his defeat, according to a person with direct knowledge of the discussions.


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