Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 20, 2022

Jan. 20, 2022

December Net Tax Revenues Up 24.3 Percent

Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections in December totaled $2.98 billion, for an increase of $582.9 million, or 24.3 percent, compared to December 2020 when net tax collections totaled $2.40 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $14.85 billion, for an increase of $2.28 billion, or 18.1 percent, over FY 2021 after six months.

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Economy: Positive Outlook

Jeffrey Humphreys writes, the 2022 economic forecast for Georgia is positive and the pattern of slightly faster economic recovery for the state than for the U.S. will continue. Last year, I predicted that Georgia’s economic recovery would occur in three distinct phases: an initial bounce in economic activity due to the lifting of stay-at-home restrictions and business re-openings; then a period of choppy economic growth; followed by a period of steadier above-average economic growth.

Jan. 20, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia buys new voter registration system after long lines in 2020

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia is replacing a laggy statewide voter registration system that caused colossal lines during early voting in the 2020 election. The new technology could prevent similar waits in this year’s races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

Jan. 20, 2022 Athens Banner-Herald

From staffing to wages, COVID-19 has altered the landscape for Athens businesses

Chris Starrs reports, although he’s probably not the only one in the Athens area, Stuart Cofer can say without fear of contradiction that his business has experienced no staffing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, which in two years has not only changed the way people think about their health, but has also altered attitudes on the nature of employment.

Jan. 20, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Pirelli partners with Longleaf Pine Project at Berry College

John Bailey reports that Rome-based Pirelli North America is partnering with the Berry College Longleaf Pine Project as part of the company’s local sustainability efforts. The partnership fits in with the company’s global sustainability strategy, a press release from the company stated.

Jan. 20, 2022 Augusta Chronicle

Presented with petition, Lincoln elections board takes no action on polling place closures

Susan McCord reports that the Lincoln County Board of Elections chose not to decide Wednesday whether to close all but one polling place after opponents from across the state gathered hundreds of signatures for a petition and attracted national media attention. Board Chairman James H. Allen told those in attendance he’d made changes to the meeting agenda and that “right off, we will not vote tonight.”

Jan. 20, 2022 The Center Square

Advocates: Kemp should stop mass incarceration in Georgia, not invest in prisons

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars more on state prisons over the next two years, but human rights advocates said Wednesday it is a faulty investment. Among the new expenses in Kemp’s state budget proposal is a $600 million plan to buy a newer prison and construct a 3,000-bed facility to house medium and high-security prisoners.

Jan. 20, 2022 GPB

With voting rights legislation nearly doomed, Stacey Abrams calls for its passage

Riley Bunch reports, Stacey Abrams is back in campaign mode. The Democratic candidate for Georgia governor had her first in-person campaign event in Atlanta where she earned a major endorsement from the Georgia AFL-CIO and its affiliated labor unions.

Jan. 20, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Georgia, Chatham County candidates begin campaigns for 2022 primary, midterm elections

Will Peebles reports, this week, two local candidates announced runs for statehouse positions in the 2022 elections. More will come forward in the next couple of months. The window to qualify for the 2022 races opens March 7 and closes on March 11. Yet many candidates the 2022 primary on May 24 are already on the campaign trail.

Jan. 20, 2022 Clayton Crescent

Rep. Scott announces $354M in mortgage, utility relief

Robin Kemp reports that Congressman Davis Scott announced Wednesday $354 million in relief for homeowners who are behind on their mortgages, as well as assistance for utility payments. Eligible homeowners can get up to $50,000 in mortgage assistance, payable directly to the lender, through one or more of the following programs.

Jan. 20, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Vincent Fort is challenging David Scott for US House seat

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Rep. David Scott drew a primary challenge Thursday from a progressive former legislator who has long been a favorite of Bernie Sanders, setting up a battle between dueling Democratic factions to represent the Atlanta-based district. Vincent Fort, once the second-ranking Democrat in the state Senate, said Thursday he was challenging Scott because the district needs someone “who is present and progressive.”


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