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NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 20, 2018
NUMBER OF SENIORS GROWING FASTER THAN STATE POPULATION

Even though Georgia is a fast growing state, now the country's 8th most populated, the rate of senior citizens is growing even faster. According to the Department of Human Resources Division of Aging, the population of citizens 60 and above in Georgia will double between 2010 and 2030 to around 3.1 million. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 13, 2018
REVENUES NEGATIVE FOR MONTH-'WHAT GIVES?"

Just when we had grown accustomed to accelerated revenue growth (6.2%) for the year and the state was riding a wave of positive developments, and having passed budgets of over $26 billion, March revenues dropped in at minus 0.5% for the month. Individual Income Taxes were negative at -3.2%, Corporate Taxes at -16.0%, and other categories like Alcoholic Beverages, -2.4%, Title Ad Valorem Taxes at -17.9% and highway impact fees at -21.1%. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 6, 2018
RURAL GEORGIA GETS LEGISLATIVE ATTENTION...AND FUNDING

The plight of Rural Georgia has been the subject of discussion from time to time over the years, but when preliminary population figures began to show how little many rural counties had grown in the past decade, attention again was focused on the problems facing the rural parts of the state. Last year the House of Representatives formed a Rural Development Council that traveled the state, listening to rural leaders outline their problems and the ideas they had for growth. At the same time, a Senate Study Committee was formed and had a number of meetings around the state highlighting the need for Rural Broadband and job creation. (More)

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