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NOTES FROM THE SENATE, JUNE 15, 2018
2018 A PIVOTAL YEAR FOR TRANSPORTATION IN GEORGIA

Transportation events don't seem to happen every year, but when they do, their impact is huge. After a lot of conversation about transportation needs around the state, HB 170 was passed in 2015 and the resulting infusion of excise tax changes and fees has propelled transportation projects statewide. This year, transit was a front burner issue for the Legislature and landmark legislation passed that may set the pathway for the future for counties in the Atlanta area. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, JUNE 8, 2018
REVENUES ENDING YEAR WITH A WHIMPER

May's revenues report completes 11 months of the fiscal year and while the level of refunds going out of the treasury can affect the revenue total, you just get the feeling that revenues are slowing to a crawl. May's revenues totaled $1.7 billion but increased only $31.4 million or 1.8%. Individual Income Taxes, half of state revenues, limped in at a 1.4% increase. Inside those numbers, Refunds were up $26 million. An encouraging number was Individual Withholding payments, up $43.3 million. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, JUNE 1, 2018
LAND STEWARDSHIP BILL TOPS NATURAL RESOURCES LEGISLATION

There has always been an effort by private land conservation groups and the state to purchase land that all agree should be protected. Some examples would include wilderness areas, lands along wild rivers and other resources that if not protected could and would be developed and lost forever. Funding is always an issue, but the state has come up with purchase funds when valuable lands were available for sale as in the lands along the Altamaha River which were sold by paper companies. (More)

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