Category: Governor

Tax Cuts And Increased Spending Point To Revenue Needs

This week’s Courier Herald column: The muted lull between the Georgia General Assembly’s March Sine Die and the January 13th reconvening of legislators has been relatively quiet publicly.  Behind the scenes, there has been a philosophical and practical struggle over Georgia’s budget – all within the ranks of the majority Republican party. In late summer,

Governor Orders Evacuation From Coastal Counties; Others Add Encouragement To Heed Warnings

We interrupt your holiday because a hurricane wants to do so as well. This morning, Governor Brian Kemp has ordered the mandatory evacuation of six Georgia coastal counties. To aid the evacuation, I-16 will have “contra-flow” beginning tomorrow, with eastbound lanes converted to additional westbound lanes in order to expedite traffic away from the coast.

Agriculture Relief Badly Needed. “Enough is Enough.”

Hurricane Michael moved through southwest Georgia on October 10th and 11th in 2018, causing more than $2.5 billion in losses to the state’s agriculture industry. The state government passed disaster relief initiatives during a special legislative session in November but are still waiting on the federal government to send additional aid. On Friday, Governor Brian

Parting Thoughts On Team Deal

This week’s Courier Herald column: With Georgia poised to swear in a new Governor for the new year, expect to see a flourish of tributes to our current Governor, Nathan Deal.  There is a long list of accomplishments that can be noted during his eight-year tenure as Georgia’s head of state. He’s the Governor that

Governor-Elect Brian Kemp Announces Floor Leaders, Director and Deputy Director of External Affairs

In a press release this morning, Governor-elect Brian Kemp announced his floor leaders in the Georgia General Assembly. In the State House: Rep. Jodi Lott (R-Evans) Rep. Terry Rogers (R-Clarksville) Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta) Rep. Dominic LaRicca (R-Douglas) In the State Senate: Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia) Sen. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) Governor-elect Kemp also announced that

Brian Kemp Announces Transition Team

This morning, Governor-elect Brian Kemp announced his transition team. There are a few names of note including former HHS Secretary Tom Price, former Congressman Bob Barr, former GAGOP Chairman Alec Poitevint, and current PSC Commissioner Tricia Pridemore. Also, Virginia Galloway from the Faith and Freedom Coalition is on the policy committee…which may be a signal