Georgia Trend Daily – May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation to Strengthen Georgia’s Forestry Industry, Promote Conservation, and Protect Georgia’s Natural Resources

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp has signed six pieces of legislation to strengthen Georgia’s number one forestry industry, promote conservation efforts, and protect the state’s natural resources. “Georgia’s agriculture assets, beautiful natural wonders, and great outdoors have given both my family and many others a livelihood and good memories,” said Governor Brian Kemp.

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May 11, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Red, Blue & You: Georgia’s Hidden Healthcare Crisis

Tharon Johnson writes, our state is among those that struggle the most to offer comprehensive, affordable mental healthcare. Our state ranks 48th in the country for access to mental healthcare, resources and insurance.

May 11, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Supply chain issues delay Georgia Power solar projects by a year

Drew Kann reports that Georgia Power says nearly 1,000 megawatts of planned solar installations are now delayed by a year, as supply chain issues and a federal investigation into Chinese panel manufacturers hamper the company’s transition to renewable energy. The affected projects include two solar panel installations planned in South Georgia near Tifton and Bainbridge, and three others on the outskirts of Augusta and Athens.

May 11, 2022 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta supply chain unicorn Stord plans for 1,000 employees after raising $120M

Zach Armstrong reports that cloud-based supply chain company Stord raised an additional $120 million as the company plans for 1,000 employees. Already an Atlanta unicorn, the round brings Stord’s valuation to $1.3 billion, according to a press release.

May 11, 2022 Georgia Recorder

University system ends era of free-speech zones on Georgia’s college campuses

Ross Williams reports that Georgia college students return to their campuses in the fall, they could be in for more spirited intellectual debate than they’re used to.The state Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s 26 public universities, voted Tuesday to change their institutions’ free speech policies to bring them in line with newly-signed state legislation.

May 11, 2022 Dalton Daily Citizen, CNHI

Georgians can donate to law enforcement, foster care programs for tax credits

Asia Ashley reports that in 2023, Georgia tax filers can begin receiving large tax credits for donations to law enforcement and foster care programs. Signed by Gov. Brian Kemp May 9, the LESS Crime Act (SB 361) would allow the public and corporations to donate to their local law-enforcement agency for a 100% dollar-for-dollar tax credit.

May 11, 2022 Brunswick News

Bill to help port navigation clears hurdle

Hank Rowland reports that a federal bill that will improve navigation for ships entering and leaving the Port of Brunswick has cleared a key committee in the U.S. Senate. Sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Georgia, the Port of Brunswick Navigation Channel Improvement Act passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday with bipartisan support.

May 11, 2022 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

One of these Democrats will replace Calvin Smyre in the state House. More about them

Nick Wooten reports that Calvin Smyre represented Columbus in the Georgia House of Representatives for nearly half a century, and now he leaves the Gold Dome behind. Smyre was tapped to be the new U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and he is awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

May 11, 2022 Gainesville Times

Millions raised in lieutenant governor’s race. A look at that and other candidates’ cash on hand as May 24 primary nears

Conner Evans reports, with two weeks left until Election Day for 2022 primary candidates, Sen. Butch Miller has more than $1.5 million left to spend, more than any other candidate for lieutenant governor. The Gainesville native has raised more than $3.6 million as of April 30, the most recent reporting deadline for campaign fundraising.

May 11, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Kemp raking in lion’s share of contributions in Republican gubernatorial race

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp continues to dominate former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in fundraising heading into their Republican gubernatorial primary showdown. Kemp’s campaign had raised $22.4 million through the end of last month toward his bid for a second term, according to a report filed Monday with the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission.

May 11, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia native Lisa Cook confirmed as first Black woman on Fed board

Tia Mitchell reports that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Lisa Cook to the Federal Reserve Board, making the Georgia native the first Black woman to hold the position. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote, joining all 50 Democrats voting in favor of confirming Cook.

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