The Federal Trade Commission data shows Georgia was second in the nation for identity theft complaints in 2011, behind only Florida. The state’s residents filed more than 11,000 identity theft complaints with federal agencies, Better Business Bureaus and other agencies, a 20 percent increase from the year before.
A new report from Georgia Watch says customers of the electric cooperatives who buy power from Plant Washington could see a 10 percent to 20 percent jump in their monthly bills. That would mean, on average, an additional $200 per year. The group building the plant, Power4Georgians, said the report makes too many assumptions about rising construction costs.
A new law will let health insurance plans sold in other states be available to Georgians. The intent is to broaden the market and give people more choices, but critics say it leaves the consumer vulnerable.
Non-profit hospitals want Georgia lawmakers to keep their hands off their tax breaks. A panel of lawmakers will make recommendations public next week that could re-write or eliminate a slew of state tax exemptions. An alliance of non-profit hospitals just released a report detailing how much Georgia gets back from non-profit hospitals for the tax breaks.