Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston say they'll support a plan to replace a hospital "bed tax" with assessments coming from a state agency. The legislative leaders made their endorsements at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual "Eggs and Issues" breakfast. The meal is typically used by the Governor and leaders to announce parts of their agendas.
A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal says the governor is proposing a plan that would allow lawmakers to avoid an explicit vote on whether to extend an expiring hospital industry tax that helps finance Georgia's health care system.
Experts say Georgia is running out of time to implement its own health insurance marketplace. States have until Nov. 16 to say whether they will build their own health insurance exchanges or leave it to the federal government under the new health care law.
Gov. Nathan Deal is asking state agencies to find another $553 million in reductions through June 2014. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that about half of that would come from higher education and from public health — $108 million from the University System of Georgia and $170 million from the Department of Community Health — while most k-12 school funding is exempt.
Governor Nathan Deal is calling for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit levels for boaters and hunters in the wake of a tragedy on Lake Lanier that killed two brothers.
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal has launched the "Read Across Georgia" initiative to support Gov. Nathan Deal's goal of increasing the number of third-graders reading at grade level in the state. Sandra Deal will visit schools across the state this month to read to students.
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Gov. Nathan Deal reports that the state's overall tax collections are down for the first time in 18 months. The figures released Friday show net tax collections for Georgia in December totaled $1.54 billion, a decrease of $19 million or 1.2 percent compared to last December. Through six months of fiscal year 2012, net revenue collections totaled $8.25 billion, an increase of 5.2 percent compared to same period last year..