Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 14, 2022

Jan. 14, 2022 Fox 5 Atlanta

Delta: 8,000 employees contracted COVID-19 over past 4 weeks

Kelly Hays reports that Delta Air Lines said Thursday that 8,000 employees — or nearly 11% of its workforce — have contracted COVID-19 over the last four weeks, a factor that has contributed to thousands of canceled flights since the holidays. The airline lost $408 million in the final quarter of 2021, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 surge fueled by the highly-transmissible omicron variant and severe winter weather.

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Jan. 14, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Publisher recalls influential Georgians

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that January is the month Georgia Trend recognizes the Most Influential Georgians from the past year. These individuals come from businesses, nonprofits, education, sports, politics and other fields, and what they have in common is their outsized impact on the state.

Jan. 14, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Macon mayor drops support for plastics plant

Christopher Quinn reports that executives at Brightmark, a company that wants to build a massive plant in Macon that will turn plastic into diesel fuel and chemicals, say they plan to push ahead with their plans, despite losing the support of the city’s mayor. Macon-Bibb Mayor Lester Miller told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is concerned about pollution from the plant and Brightmark’s ability to deliver on its promises to cleanly turn waste plastic into useful products in the timeframe it promised.

Jan. 14, 2022 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon’s stampede in metro Atlanta continues, pays almost triple market rate for 80 acres

Savannah Sicurella reports that Amazon is taking the first steps to develop a 3.2-million square-foot sorting facility about an hour north of Atlanta. Services purchased about 80 acres in Bartow County for the 5-story project, according to county property records.

Jan. 14, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Remington Firearms (RemArms) is investing $100 million to open its global headquarters in LaGrange. A new advanced manufacturing operation and research and development center will be included in the project, which will create 856 jobs over five years in Troup County.

Jan. 14, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Kemp targets critical race theory, transgender sports participation

Ross Williams reports that the next few months could see critical race theory banned and transgender student athletes sidelined if Gov. Brian Kemp gets his way. Kemp’s 2022 State of the State speech delivered Thursday could be his last if he does not fend off his Republican and Democratic challengers, and in addition to pay raises for teachers and more state funds for schools, his list of educational promises included plenty of red meat for his supporters to chew on ahead of a June GOP primary against former Sen. David Perdue.

Jan. 14, 2022 GPB

Kemp calls for ‘safer, stronger Georgia’ in State of the State address

Stephen Fowler and Riley Bunch report that Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday unveiled several proposals for a “safer, stronger Georgia” in 2022, using the state’s strong economy to call for pay increases for public servants and tackle education priorities he pitched on the campaign trail in 2018.

Jan. 14, 2022 Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta Intown

Buckhead City legislation assigned to Democrat-controlled committee

Amy Wenk reports that Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan has assigned the Republican-backed Buckhead City legislation to a Senate committee comprised entirely of Democrats. A spokesperson for Duncan confirmed that this morning he assigned Senate Bill 324, the legislation filed by Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta), to the Senate Urban Affairs committee.

Jan. 14, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Senate committee OKs ban on noncitizen voting

Dave Williams reports that a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting non-U.S. citizens from voting in Georgia cleared a state Senate committee Thursday. The Senate Ethics Committee’s Republican majority passed the measure 7-2 along party lines after opponents criticized it as unnecessary. Georgia law, federal law and the U.S. Constitution already contain a ban on noncitizen voting.

Jan. 14, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Analysis: Kemp moves further right to woo GOP voters

Greg Bluestein reports that not long after Gov. Brian Kemp finished his State of the State address, Republican state Rep. Phil Singleton took a moment outside the House chamber to marvel at what he had just heard. “If we can get this agenda through the House,” Singleton said, “it might be the most conservative legislative session in my lifetime.”



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