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Recent articles by Jeff:

Georgia House approves $159 million in midyear budget cuts

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House voted Wednesday to cut state government's budget, but also move some money around to protect lawmakers' priorities. → Read More

Georgia House plan shifts money to lawmakers' priorities

Budget writers in Georgia's House want to preserve money for mental health, substance abuse, public defenders, agricultural research and diverting people away from prison. → Read More

House panels reject some Kemp cuts in current Georgia budget

Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are rejecting some midyear budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp, saying the Republican governor wanted to cut too deeply on some items. → Read More

Georgia budget chief apologizes to lawmakers on information

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp's budget director on Tuesday apologized to top House budget writers, answering criticism that Kemp's administration hasn't → Read More

Georgia tax revenues perk up as lawmakers grapple with cuts

Georgia's tax collections are improving even as lawmakers grapple with budget cuts brought on by previous shortfalls. → Read More

Trump seeks big increase in career-technical education money

President Donald Trump is proposing a $900 million increase in education spending to teach skills and trades, in what would be a historic federal infusion into a spending area that's been stagnant... → Read More

Auditor: More than $4M stolen from Mississippi welfare funds

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s state auditor said Thursday that investigators believe at least $4 million in federal welfare money was stolen by the former head of the state welfare agency and others in the nation’s poorest state. At least $48,000 of that paid for a luxury drug rehabilitation program for a former pro wrestler, […] → Read More

Policy outcome unclear as Georgia speaker and governor clash

ATLANTA — Is it bad enough to call it a feud? Maybe not yet, but tension between Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker David Ralston is becoming one of the defining features in the young 2020 session of Georgia's General Assembly.The conflict between the Republican officials flared again Wednesday, with Ralston telling reporters that House members are still unhappy with the budget… → Read More

Policy outcome unclear as Georgia speaker and governor clash

Is it bad enough to call it a feud? Maybe not yet, but tension between Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker David Ralston is becoming one of the defining → Read More

Georgia lawmakers take break to try to ease budget worries

Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed more than $200 million in reductions in the current year's budget and $300 million in reductions in next year's budget. → Read More

Georgia officials seek to end 5 tests for state students

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp and state Superintendent Richard Woods announced a plan Tuesday to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high → Read More

Georgia officials seek to end 5 tests for state students

ATLANTA | Gov. Brian Kemp and state Superintendent Richard Woods are announcing a plan Tuesday to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public → Read More

Some leery of higher fines on Georgia drivers using phones

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia drivers could face tougher penalties for using their cellphones while driving. Some lawmakers are leery of higher fines, though. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee heard testimony Monday on House Bill 113. It delayed action until next week. Two years ago, Georgia law banned holding a cellphone while driving. […] → Read More

Georgia’s Collins to challenge newly sworn-in GOP senator

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Doug Collins announced Wednesday that he’s running for a U.S. Senate seat held by a fellow Republican, setting up a battle that could divide the Georgia party this election year. Collins made the announcement on Fox & Friends, saying “we’re ready for a good time down here to keep defending […] → Read More

Georgia's Collins to challenge newly sworn-in GOP senator

ATLANTA (AP) " U.S. Rep. Doug Collins announced Wednesday that he's running for a U.S. Senate seat held by a fellow Republican, setting up a battle that could divide the Georgia party this election year. Collins made the announcement on Fox & Friends, saying "we're ready for a good time down here to keep defending this president." Collins waved off concerns that he and newly sworn-in GOP Sen.… → Read More

Georgia's Collins to challenge newly sworn-in GOP senator

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins announced Wednesday that he's running for a U.S. Senate seat held by a fellow Republican, setting up a battle that could divide the Georgia party this election year. Collins waved off concerns that he and newly sworn-in GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler will tear each other apart and → Read More

Rep. Doug Collins Confirms Challenge to Newly Sworn-in Georgia GOP Senator

The battle could divide Georgia Republicans in this election year → Read More

Kemp officials make case for stronger Georgia anti-gang law

ATLANTA (AP) – Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration is seeking to persuade lawmakers of the need to tighten Georgia’s gang laws. Officials told a House-Senate panel Monday that gangs are a serious problem needing further action. Perhaps most controversially, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation wants the power to begin investigating gang crimes without an invitation from […] → Read More

Collins expected to try ousting new GA senator in GOP battle

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said Monday. The decision by the four-term lawmaker could complicate the GOP’s […] → Read More

Collins expected to try ousting new GA senator in GOP battle

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and → Read More