Georgia Trend Daily – March 13, 2023

March 13, 2023

February Net Tax Revenues Up 8.7%

Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled over $2.12 billion, for an increase of $169.3 million, or 8.7 percent, compared to February 2022, when net tax collections totaled roughly $1.95 billion.

Georgia Trend March 2023 Karla Redding Andrews

Karla Redding-Andrews, vice president and executive director of the Otis Redding Foundation in Macon
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March 13, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Honoring Women

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, since 1987, March has been designated Women’s History Month. But as recently as the 1970s, women’s history was relatively unknown among the general public and it wasn’t taught in K-12 classes.

March 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A landmark Atlanta hotel faces foreclosure. Here’s why

Zachary Hansen reports that the owner of one of Atlanta’s largest hotels has defaulted on its mortgage, its lender says, joining a growing list of metro area property owners squeezed by an uneven recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The 763-room Sheraton Atlanta Hotel faces foreclosure due to mounting unpaid commitments by its owner Arden Group, according to a recent notice in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

March 13, 2023

2023 Georgia Logistics Summit Delivers Port, Logistics Strategies, Insights in Savannah, Georgia

Staff reports that the Georgia Center of Innovation, a strategic arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), hosted more than 800 attendees at the 2023 Georgia Logistics Summit, where experts offered insights on the intersection of the economy, technology, and growth of Georgia’s ports.

March 13, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Erosion of small-town life? Industrial growth in Bryan marries opportunity with trepidation

Latrice Williams reports that lifelong Ellabell resident Scott Dyer recalls the familiar faces that frequented the local convenient store. Those warm, smiling personalities are hard to find these days. Dyer feels like he is in unfamiliar territory.

March 13, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta celebrates reopening of Gone With the Wind Museum with new collection

Jake Busch reports, frankly, my dear, Marietta’s “Gone With the Wind” Museum is back like it never left. That’s thanks to Vicki Rogers, who for about 40 years has been a prolific collector of memorabilia from Margaret Mitchell’s acclaimed 1936 novel and the 1939 film. She donated roughly 1,000 pieces of her collection totaling more than 6,000 items to Marietta for its Gone With the Wind Museum, housed in Brumby Hall and Gardens.

March 13, 2023 The Brunswick News

Cumberland horses struggling to survive

Gordon Jackson reports that tourists tend to have an inaccurate perception of the horses on Cumberland Island thanks to marketing. Travel brochures show horses frolicking on the island’s beaches, giving visitors the impression they live idyllic, carefree lives.

March 13, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia House passes bill to raise unemployment insurance contributions

T.A. DeFeo reports that the state House voted 105-64 to pass House Bill 518, changing the required rate of unemployment insurance contributions that support the Georgia Department of Labor. The measure lowers the administrative assessment businesses pay from 2.7% to 2.64%. It reverts to 2.7% after Dec. 31, 2026.

March 13, 2023 Georgia Recorder, Rough Draft Atlanta

Georgia GOP lawmakers aim to continue tough-on-crime push as legislative calendar winds down

Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia’s legislators head into the final stretch of a 2023 session with a number of tough-on-crime bills that will escalate criminal penalties for unruly protesters, misdemeanor offenses, and street gangs and shift the balance of power of prosecutors and judges.

March 13, 2023 GPB

What do the proposed Georgia prosecutor oversight bills do? An explainer

Stephen Fowler reports, after passing two slightly different versions of oversight legislation, House Bill 231 in the House and SB 92 in the Senate, Republican leadership is expected to spend the final days of the 2023 legislative session hashing out a finalized agreement on what new prosecutorial oversight would look like.

March 13, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Teacher planning periods and literacy popular with state lawmakers; vouchers opposed

Rebecca Grapevine reports that education bills are getting a mixed reception in the General Assembly this year. Measures to protect teacher’s time and amp up the state’s literacy rates have received nearly unanimous approval, while private-school vouchers have drawn fierce opposition.

March 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia voter registration system upgraded for smoother elections

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia’s new, faster voter registration system is now running across the state, an upgrade that election officials said Thursday will ensure security and shorter wait times at polling places. Surrounded by dozens of county election directors at the Georgia Capitol, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the registration system successfully launched last month, replacing the state’s 10-year-old technology that at times broke down under the heavy load of high turnout.

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