Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 18, 2023

Sept. 18, 2023

Gov. Kemp Applauds U.S. Soccer’s Plans for National Training Center, Headquarters in Georgia

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp on Friday applauded the decision by the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Board of Directors to select metro Atlanta for a first-of-its-kind national training center and new headquarters. The Federation — commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer — approved the decision during its board meeting this morning, with the details of the facility still in development.

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Sept. 18, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business study ranked Georgia No. 4 overall and No. 1 for infrastructure. The study scored all 50 states on 86 metrics in 10 broad categories of competitiveness.

Sept. 18, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fearless Fund swept up in fight targeting corporate diversity programs

Mirtha Donastorg reports that the renewed conservative push to dismantle affirmative action in corporate America made an Atlanta-based and Black women-founded venture capital firm one of its first targets. But in the weeks since a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by Fearless Fund was filed in federal court, the assault on corporate diversity efforts has only grown.

Sept. 18, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Lottery president touts success, discusses challenges

Joel Elliot reports that with the jackpot for Monday’s Powerball drawing soaring past $500 million, members of the Cobb Executive Women hosted Georgia Lottery President Gretchen Corbin. Since its inception, the lottery has returned more than $26.8 billion and benefited more than 2 million students, Corbin said.

Sept. 18, 2023 GPB

A new federal model for rural hospitals may help them stay open. So far, Georgia has only one

Sofi Gratas reports that in the last 15 years, eight rural hospitals have closed in Georgia. In 2023, a new federal program is giving rural hospitals an option to help them stay open.

Sept. 18, 2023

U.S. Soccer to Put HQ and National Training Center in Metro Atlanta 

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta has been making the case globally that it’s the epicenter of soccer in America. Now it has the proof, three years before it’s set to welcome the World Cup in 2026.

Sept. 18, 2023 The Center Square

Rosy revenues give Kemp cover to suspend Georgia’s gas tax

T.A. DeFeo reports, channeling his inner Barack Obama, who famously said he had a pen and phone and wasn’t afraid to issue executive orders, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suspended the state’s motor fuel tax this week. On Tuesday, Kemp, a Republican, declared a state of emergency and suspended the state’s excise tax on motor and locomotive fuel.

Sept. 18, 2023 State Affairs

Lawmakers plan another run at rent control legislation

Jill Jordan Sieder reports, the Senate Urban Affairs Committee met Wednesday to discuss the proposed legislation designed to protect renters from sharply escalating rent prices, and what some senators and presenters described as unfair fees, eviction and foreclosure processes imposed by property owners and private associations that manage homes, apartments and condominiums.

Sept. 18, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene attacks Rome City Commission

Adam Carey reports that U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green spoke at the Floyd County GOP Tillman Rally Saturday morning and delivered a blistering attack on the Rome City Commission, which is preparing to hold elections in November.

Sept. 18, 2023 WABE

Sen. Jon Ossoff introduces legislation to ban Congress from trading stocks

Marion Hyde reports that Georgia democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff is introducing legislation that would ban all members of Congress and their households from directly trading stocks. Under the proposal, elected officials would have to place their investments into a blind trust to prevent them from using inside information that they have access to as part of their office.

Sept. 18, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Since-suspended state gasoline tax propped up August revenue report

Dave Williams reports that Georgia tax collections rose by 1.1% last month compared to August of last year but only because the state wasn’t collecting the sales tax on gasoline and other motor fuels a year ago. Not counting the $181.6 million in fuel taxes that came in last month, tax receipts for August were down by 4.8% compared to August of last year, the Georgia Department of Revenue announced late Friday.

Sept. 18, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Republicans divided on consequences, benefits of federal shutdown

Tia Mitchell reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is not considered a flamethrower among House Republicans, and he has criticized hard-liners who over several months have made life difficult for Speaker Kevin McCarthy. But Carter, who represents coastal and southeast Georgia, agrees with some of those McCarthy critics on one thing: A federal shutdown might be necessary to send a strong message about what many conservatives believe is too much government spending.

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