Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 7, 2021

Dec. 7, 2021

November Net Tax Revenues Up 17 Percent

Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections in November totaled $2.29 billion, for an increase of $332.7 million, or 17 percent, compared to November 2020, when net tax collections totaled $1.96 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $11.87 billion, for an increase of nearly $1.70 billion, or 16.7 percent, over FY 2021.

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Summer Magic

Anna Bentley reports, what do Emmy-winning actor Donald Glover, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and celebrated jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon have in common? They’re all Georgians, for starters, but they’re also all alumni of the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP), a summer academic enrichment program that’s been hosting the state’s best and brightest high school students for more than 50 years.

Dec. 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Micron chipmaker to open Atlanta center creating 500 jobs

Greg Bluestein and J. Scott Trubey report that Micron Technology, the last major U.S. maker of semiconductors for computer memory, will open a research center in Midtown Atlanta that will create about 500 jobs. The Idaho-based company said Monday that the new development will open in January and will include offices, a data center, and research and development operations.

Dec. 7, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Ports Authority to expand container capacity even as supply chain pressures ease

Nancy Guan reports that the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) continues to expand its capacity at the Port of Savannah while seeing a downward trend in the amount of containers stuck on terminal, indicating a gradual relief of the supply chain backlog. At its Monday board meeting, GPA officials detailed expediting the completion of 1.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in annual capacity, which will come online by June 2022 as part of the long-term Peak Capacity Project.

Dec. 7, 2021 GPB

Busy Port of Savannah sees relief at Atlanta’s Hulsey Yard, three other offsite facilities

Benjamin Payne reports that the Georgia Ports Authority announced Monday that it has activated four railyards across the state to help alleviate congestion at the Port of Savannah, including east Atlanta’s 70-acre Hulsey Yard. Hulsey — located in the neighborhoods of Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Reynoldstown, and Cabbagetown — will help avoid more than 500 roundtrip truck miles per box, with anticipated volumes of 1,200 containers per month, according to GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Dec. 7, 2021 WABE 90.1

Foreign companies continue investing in Georgia, but can the state keep up with workforce demands?

Emil Moffat reports that a new report is out showing Georgia ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. over the past decade when it comes to foreign investment from global companies. But will this type of investment continue amid the current supply and labor crunch?

Dec. 7, 2021 Gainesville Times

The National breaks ground, plans to finish construction in 2023

Conner Evans reports that the National, a large hotel and apartment development planned in downtown Gainesville, was celebrated Monday as local officials and developers gathered to see progress already made at the site. Construction has started on the $75 million project, which is expected to be finished in spring 2023.


Dec. 7, 2021 LaGrange News

Kleen-Tex celebrates return to original LaGrange location

Shiann Sivell reports that the Howard family has had several decades of back and forth with the the warehouse space they own on Lukken Industrial Drive, a space that held its Kleen-Tex mat business. Last year, it bought the building once more and is once again making it the local home of its business.

Dec. 7, 2021 Newnan Times-Herald

First two permits issued for Plant Yates coal ash; final permits a year away

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued the first two draft permits for the long-term management of coal ash at Georgia Power Plant Yates. While Georgia Power plans to store all coal ash on-site in landfills, in a process known as “closure in place,” the first two permits are not for closure in place.

Dec. 7, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Report suggests increasing penalties for violence against Georgia health-care workers

Dave Williams reports that a state Senate study committee asked the General Assembly Monday to consider stiffening penalties for violent attacks on Georgia health-care workers. But new legislation addressing the issue is unlikely because criminal justice experts believe existing law already covers violence in the health-care workplace, said Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, R-Marietta, the study committee’s chairman and an orthopedic surgeon.

Dec. 7, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Perdue’s candidacy quickly complicates 2022 governor’s race

Ross Williams reports that former U.S. Sen. David Perdue has joined the race to become the state’s next governor, setting up a bruising primary against sitting Republican governor Brian Kemp before the eventual victor can challenge likely Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams. “It will be like a cage match,” said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock.

Dec. 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia GOP leader backs ‘obscenity’ legislation that echoes what she once opposed

Greg Bluestein reports that when the second-ranking Republican in the Georgia House saw a proposal to ban “obscene” books from libraries, she dialed up state education officials to raise her objections. Two years later, Jan Jones is pledging to make a similar idea a top priority in an election-year legislative session.


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