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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he salutes former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly in Atlanta. Kemp is proposing that Georgia borrow almost $900 million for construction projects and equipment next year. Key projects in the Republican governor's borrowing plan include $70 million to expand the state-owned convention center in Savannah and $55 million to build a new headquarters for the Department of Public Safety in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Kemp proposes $900M borrowing plan as part of Georgia budget

Jan. 26, 2020 9:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing that Georgia borrow nearly $900 million for construction projects and equipment next year, an amount likely to rise before lawmakers get done with the state budget. Key projects in the Republican governor's plan include $70 million to expand the state-owned...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, Chairman of the Finance Committee, speaks to the media while gathered with other Senate leaders during the first day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Hufstetler said Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 that he doesn’t “see the math” for another state income tax cut in Georgia. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Leading Georgia senator doesn't "see the math" for tax cut

Jan. 24, 2020 4:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker is casting doubt on whether Georgia's taxpayers will see another income tax cut this year. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Hufstetler of Rome said Friday that he doubts that the General Assembly will further reduce the top rate on Georgia's state income tax...

Georgia ends 2019 with record low unemployment

Jan. 24, 2020 10:59 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia ended 2019 with an unemployment rate of 3.2%, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Friday, marking the state’s lowest unemployment rate on record. That’s down from 3.7% a year earlier. “Georgia closed out 2019 on a very high note,” Labor Commissioner...

Lawmakers question teacher raise as state cuts other budgets

Jan. 23, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers who write Georgia's budget are questioning Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to grant teacher pay raises while cutting other spending. Both Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Hill and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England said Thursday that more than $200...

Kemp in Germany for economic development mission

Jan. 22, 2020 5:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is visiting Germany on an economic development mission, his second official trip abroad since taking office last year. The Republican governor departed on Tuesday and plans to return this weekend, according to a statement from his office. One of Kemp’s first...

In push for efficiency, Georgia agencies brace for cuts

Jan. 22, 2020 4:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Proposed budget cuts in Georgia could mean fewer state troopers on the road, fewer lawyers defending poor people and fewer probation officers. That's what state agency heads told lawmakers Wednesday as budget hearings continued. Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed overall increases to the state...

Stacey Abrams, a Georgia Democrat who has launched a multimillion-dollar effort to combat voter suppression, applauds a dignitary at the University of New England, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Portland, Maine. Abrams was a Georgia state legislator who became the first black woman to win a major party gubernatorial nomination in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Stacey Abrams: Time to stop fighting past elections

Jan. 22, 2020 2:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic politician and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams told a college crowd Wednesday that it's time to move beyond past elections and ensure future ones are fair. Abrams, who lost a close election for Georgia governor to Brian Kemp in 2018, told the crowd at University of...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 19 The Augusta Chronicle on the Lt. Governor's picks for a new technology innovation task force: This month, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced 12 Georgia leaders who have agreed to serve on his new Georgia Innovates Taskforce. Its members have been asked to...

Justice Thomas to help dedicate Georgia judicial building

Jan. 22, 2020 9:18 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the dedication of Georgia's new judicial center. Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton announced Wednesday that Thomas will be on hand for the Feb. 11 dedication of the Nathan Deal Judicial...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks on the rotunda about human trafficking during the opening day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Georgia governor, first lady unveil anti-trafficking plans

Jan. 21, 2020 5:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp said the proposals unveiled Tuesday build on work already being done by the...