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State revenue continues to plunge

Day 14 (Feb. 8): As we head back into session today, we are greeted with the disappointing news. The January revenues are down 8.7 percent over those in January 2009. Combined with the losses from a year ago, this means January revenues are a whopping 23 percent lower than January 2008. More importantly, the governor's proposed amended FY10 budget called for a $1.44 billion shortfall with the expectation that the remaining six months revenues would be flat.

February 17, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Beam me up, Chip(s)

While you and I have been tending to the mundane matters of life like filing our taxes and paying our bills, members of the General Assembly have been watching too many science fiction movies.

February 15, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Create jobs by holding down taxes

The U.S. Constitution begins with arguably the most powerful words in the English language, "We the People" not "we the government."

February 10, 2010 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Skeeter Skates puts it in perspective

Whenever this world starts looking too complicated, I call my friend Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. Skeeter puts things into perspective.

February 08, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Democrats have plan to fund transportation

Members of the Democratic Caucus in the Georgia House this week introduced the Transportation Jobs Development Act, a legislative solution to the transportation funding problem that has caused Georgia to fall behind other states in recent years.

February 08, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Property tax reform is overdue

Some important news came out of Atlanta on Monday, when Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, a Woodstock Republican, introduced what he called a "much needed" overhaul of Georgia's property tax system. In doing so, Rogers acknowledged what most homeowners have known all along: the current system is a mess.

February 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


House, Senate improving relations

State Senator Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, will be reporting each week during the legislative session. The session began Jan. 11 and is expected to last until the latter days of March.

February 03, 2010 | By Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The new liberal catechism

In the wake of losing Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat, in an electoral rebuke for the ages, liberaldom has a new catechism. These articles of faith may seem strange and implausible to the outsider, but they give comfort to the believer in these times of trial.

February 03, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


State must monitor effectiveness of tax breaks

In addition to the national recession, another contributing factor in Georgia's state budget deficit is the hundreds of millions of dollars foregone through a number of special-interest tax cuts and exemptions implemented over the past several years. On Jan. 25, a House subcommittee moved forward with legislation to evaluate those tax breaks' impact on the budget and their success in achieving their intended goals.

February 03, 2010 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Walkers organizing to fight cancer

At last year's inaugural Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Savannah, a small band of women from Liberty County walked together calling themselves Team Suzie Q.

February 01, 2010 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Opinion


State needs to make distracted driving illegal

A bill in the Georgia legislature proposing a ban on using a cell phone to send text messages while driving has been sent back to the drawing board due to concerns over how it would be enforced, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported earlier this week.

February 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


State needs its own Tea Party

What this state needs is a good old-fashioned Tea Party. Not one directed at the liberal weenies in Washington who tried to ram health care reform down our throats. This protest needs to focus on the state of Georgia.

February 01, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Despite cuts, state priority on education

With the 2010 session under the Gold Dome, there are many issues on the minds of lawmakers that will have a significant impact on you, your families and all of Georgia.

January 27, 2010 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Obama's anti-Wall Street jag not working

"We want our money back" is a battle cry you'd expect from a tea-party rally. Such lack of nuance. Such grasping materialism. Such us-vs.-them populism.

January 27, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Even goats won't do somethings

Let's cut our legislators a little slack as they begin deliberations in the current session of the General Assembly. They need time to get adjusted. You don't just go to Atlanta and start passing laws. The first thing is to find out if anybody moved the bathrooms while you were gone because you might just find yourself in some bureaucrat's new digs for all the wrong reasons. That is very important.

January 25, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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National energy policy hits home

Georgia boasts no native sources of fossil fuel ­- coal, natural gas or oil ­- yet the energy industry fuels this state's economy just as surely as if it were the epicenter of operations.

March 31, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


State school district still needs work

Editor's note: The Opportunity School District legislation was approved by the House on Wednesday, but with some differences from the Senate version. So now a conference committee will have to work out the differences before it goes to the governor. Suggs wrote this as a blog before House passage. And her issues may have to be weighed by voters before it appears on ballots in November 2016 as a constitutional amendment.

March 30, 2015 | By Claire Suggs Guest columnist | Opinion


There are numerous ways to help battle litter in this community

We are in the middle of the national Great American Cleanup effort, and hundreds of local residents already have joined to clean up more than 50 miles of our county. We will have hundreds more join in the next few weeks.

March 30, 2015 | By Sara Swida KLB director | Opinion


Cancer, it's past time

Editor, Cancer is one of the most feared words of all.

March 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmaker accuses Chamber, others of favoring predators over children

"Liberty and justice for all." These five words that conclude the Pledge of Allegiance are recited countless times every day across the United States, including every morning at your State Capitol in Atlanta.

March 26, 2015 | By State Rep. Jason Spencer | Opinion


Commission is opportunity to improve Georgia schools

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

March 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

March 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Opinion


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