Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia to use $240M more in federal cash to build broadband

Aug. 12, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday said the state will spend another $240 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to construct broadband internet to rural locations that don't currently have connections. Combined with $408 million from an earlier round of COVID-19 aid, plus...

Georgia's Kemp seeks tax breaks, rebutting Abrams on economy

Aug. 11, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp unfurled the first major policy proposals of his reelection bid Thursday, pledging to spend $2 billion on another state income tax rebate and revival of a long-dormant state property tax break while contending with Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Aug. 11, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

Brunswick News. August 9, 2022. Editorial: Viable solutions needed for state to tackle homelessness If state legislators are serious about finding a productive approach to growing homelessness in Georgia, then they must seek and uncover facts. That excludes listening...

Cancellation of Atlanta festival sparks new fight over guns

Aug. 11, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tens of thousands of Music Midtown festivalgoers are no longer going to descend on Atlanta’s massive Piedmont Park next month to cheer on hip-hop star Future or watch beloved rock band My Chemical Romance take the stage. In fact, some people are convinced Atlanta...

Georgia records $21B in state-tracked economic projects

Aug. 10, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp says Georgia recorded $21.2 billion in state-tracked business investments, with new and expanding companies committing to create 51,000 jobs during the year that ended June 30. The Republican governor, who's touting his achievements as he seeks a...

Abrams tests positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms

Aug. 10, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has COVID-19, her campaign said Wednesday. Abrams campaign spokesperson Alex Floyd said Abrams tested positive for the respiratory illness Wednesday morning after giving a public speech on the economy Tuesday...

Abrams seeks to invest to build inclusive economy in Georgia

Aug. 09, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams argued in a speech Tuesday that it's time for Georgia to use its budget surplus to invest in its residents, accusing Gov. Brian Kemp and other Republicans of hurting the state by prioritizing low taxes and low spending. ...

Georgia asks appeals court to return PSC elections to ballot

Aug. 09, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is asking a federal appeals court to put elections for public service commissioners back on the November ballot, a week after a federal judge found that the statewide election of the five commissioners illegally diluted Black votes. Attorney General Chris...

Judge considers whether to block Georgia abortion law again

Aug. 08, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge is considering whether Georgia officials should once again be prohibited from enforcing the state's restrictive abortion law while a legal challenge against it is pending. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney heard arguments Monday from lawyers...

Judge rules Georgia must end statewide PSC elections

Aug. 05, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia's statewide election of its five public service commissioners illegally dilutes Black voting power, ordering the state to not prepare ballots for two races that had been scheduled in November. The ruling by U.S. District...