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Ga. Revenues On Upward Climb

Georgia tax revenues are continuing to rebound. State money managers reported Friday that tax collections rose $107 million — or 10.7 percent — in March when compared to the same month last year.

Shutdown Would Impact Military Pay

Government could shut down at midnight. Military pay would be affected. Military payroll in Georgia exceeds 4-billion dollars a year.

Loophole Omits Some Lobbyist Spending

Right now lobbyists don’t have to report what they spend on state employees or the family members of elected officials.

Doctors Fear Medicaid Reimbursement Cuts

Some Georgia doctors are girding themselves for another reduction in the Medicaid reimbursement rate. Lawmakers proposed the cut as part of the 2012 budget. Doctors worry it may further drive down their numbers from rural areas.

Busy Courts Won't Close

Federal courts in Georgia's busy Northern District will remain open next week if the federal government shuts down. Northern District Clerk James Hatten said the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts notified federal courts across the country that the government's judicial branch has enough funding to stay open if Congress and the White House fail to reach an agreement to fund the government.

Revised Plan Opens $220 Million Hole

A revised tax reform plan would create a large funding gap in the state budget next year. That’s according to a report by the state auditor. The plan would give nearly every Georgian a tax cut.

Macon-Bibb Consolidation Stalls, Again

Lawmakers say they will let both bills sit for now. Local delegation could not agree on some key points. They plan to come up with another plan by next session.

Ethics Commission Lightens Lobbyists Disclosures

The state ethics commission says, lobbyists can spend undisclosed sums of money on most state employees.The decision Tuesday comes after high-speed rail advocates sent Georgia's House Speaker, his family and staff to Europe last year.

Savannah Council Broke Meeting Laws

The state Attorney General's office says, members of Savannah City Council broke the law three times when they met to discuss hiring a new city manager. The office says, the violations occurred when the council met behind closed doors. In one meeting, council members broke up into teams to interview potential candidates for the city manager position.

Funding Plan Worries Domestic Violence Shelters

Some domestic violence shelters in the state are worried they will lose funding to serve everyone who needs their services.

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