Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced this week that the state would likely have to seek federal assistance to meet its unemployment insurance obligations as soon as next month. While those receiving unemployment checks may breathe a sigh of relief, this could mean higher payroll taxes for Georgia businesses. I wanted to take time to explain how unemployment funds work here in Georgia, the recessions’ effect on our current funds, and what a federal loan could mean for businesses across the state. Continue reading “South Georgia at the State Capitol”
ATLANTA (Nov. 20, 2009) – Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) has been appointed 1st vice chair of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ (NBCSL) Committee on Telecommunications, Science and Technology. She was chosen by NBCSL’s president and fellow Georgian, Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), who she has served alongside for many years in the Georgia General Assembly.
ATLANTA (Nov. 16, 2009) – Sen. Gail Buckner (D-Jonesboro) today hosted a legislative hearing at the State Capitol to assess Georgia’s level of preparedness to handle pandemic situations. Legislators met with the Department of Community Health (DCH), the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and other representatives from the public health arena to learn how they dealt with the recent H1N1 outbreak and what the future holds for emergency preparedness in Georgia.
During my five years as state Senator, I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel across southern Georgia and meet some truly fantastic people. It reminds me of how fortunate I am to represent the great people of our district in Atlanta. I work every day to make the best decisions for the entire state, but I also want to ensure our district has a strong voice at the Capitol. Continue reading “South Georgia at the State Capitol”
By Sen. Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (Nov. 11, 2009) – For generations, American men and women have risked their lives to defend our country on the front lines of battle. Rather than drive to an office each day and go home to their families at night, they work in war zones where danger lurks around every corner. Instead of watching their kid’s sports games or dance recitals on weekends, they continue fighting to protect the people they love back home. They are war veterans, and they are America’s heroes.