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Perdue pushes tax cuts for home and car owners

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday he wants to provide tax relief for Georgians and proposed eliminating the state ad valorem tax that residents pay on their homes and automobiles.

January 31, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press Writer | State, National


House leaders again try to limit sex offenders

ATLANTA (AP) - House lawmakers tried on Tuesday renewed their effort to limit where sex offenders live and work, months after the state's top court declared the strict residency requirements unconstitutional.

January 30, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | State, National


State showing support for nuclear sub

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue and the USS Georgia Return to Service Committee Monday announced an effort to keep a nuclear submarine at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

January 30, 2008 | Staff Report | State, National


Views on 2008 General Assembly session vary

Gov. Sonny Perdue and other Georgia officials traveled the state last week to announce a lofty set of goals for the 2008 legislative session, but local state Rep. Al Williams said he's preparing for a session "long on talk and short on substance."
Perdue, accompanied by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons) Wednesday, said leaders of the respective state branches are "unified on the issues of education, water, transportation and healthcare" and will work cooperatively to improve these areas.
"This year, we plan to give Georgians what they expect; sensible and effective legislation ...

January 29, 2008 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


House starts legislative session with veto overrides

ATLANTA (AP) - The 2008 Georgia legislative session opened Monday with a stinging reminder of the contentious end of last year's session, as House lawmakers quickly and overwhelmingly voted to override a dozen of Gov. Sonny Perdue's vetoes.

January 29, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | State, National


Governor launches new Web site

Continuing his push to make state government "faster, friendlier and easier," Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue launched a new version of the Governor's Office website this week, complete with improved navigation tools and media-rich content.

January 24, 2008 | Staff report | State, National


Water plan goes to lawmakers

ATLANTA - Georgia would get its first statewide water management plan under a proposal approved Tuesday by the drought-stricken state's top environmental officials.

January 24, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | State, National


Missing hiker's body found

DAWSONVILLE (AP) -- Just hours before authorities launched another search for the body of a missing hiker, a drifter accused of kidnapping the woman told them where to look, investigators said.

January 23, 2008 | By Bernard McGhee Associated Press Writer | State, National


Georgia fastest growing state in Southeast

ATLANTA -- Georgia's population grew by more than 200,000 this year and ranked as the fastest growing state in the Southeast, according to new Census Bureau state population estimates released Thursday.

January 11, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National


Atlanta on track for driest year on record

ATLANTA -- With only five days left in 2007, the city is on pace to have its driest year in more than five decades.

January 11, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National


Concerted Services has 41st annual meeting

Concerted Services conducted its 41st annual board meeting Nov. 16 at First United Methodist Church in Waycross.

January 10, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Protest targets conservation issues

Students and other individuals gathered at the Georgia Power Co. Headquarters in Atlanta on Friday to call attention to the severe water shortages the state has been experiencing. They cited Georgia Power's contribution to the issue by its failing to emphasize resource conservation.

January 10, 2008 | Staff report | State, National


Senator hopes to freeze property taxes

With the start of the Georgia General Assembly's 2008 session less than a month away, state Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) recently pre-filed legislation to create a Constitutional amendment to freeze existing residential property taxes.

January 05, 2008 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


Governor hopes to update technology

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recently announced plans to transform state government's information technology infrastructure after a recent comprehensive assessment of state IT services confirmed the need for major system changes.

January 05, 2008 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


Bush intends to appoint Perdue to panel

President George W. Bush announced his intention last week to appoint Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, the group responsible for advising the president on development, implementation and administration of U.S. trade policy.

January 03, 2008 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


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