Politics

Rep. Ramsey: Cut state red tape hampering small businesses

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, is seeking input from small businesses in Fayette County for a special initiative currently underway by the Georgia House of Representatives to review and evaluate Georgia’s current regulatory environment.

The Red Tape Watch program will be carried out by the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation throughout the 2012 legislative session.
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Rep. Westmoreland rips Obama’s budget proposal as ‘dangerous’

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland in a file photo from an appearance at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in August 2011.

The release last week of a $3.8 trillion budget proposal from President Barack Obama for the 2013 fiscal year that begins in October is one with which Dist. 3 Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said he cannot abide.

From his perspective, Westmoreland said the proposal is dangerous and a fiscal reflection of less-than-adequate leadership during the past three years. Read More»

Citizen challenges mayor's treatment of Imker

Peachtree City resident Steve Thaxton had hoped to provoke a response from Mayor Don Haddix at Thursday night’s council meeting.

Thaxton approached the microphone during the public comment portion of the meeting, challenging Haddix to halt his attacks on Councilman Eric Imker.

Thaxton said that Haddix had recently used his state of the city address and letters to the editor to criticize Imker.

“I’m not going to comment on public comment,” Haddix said.

“So there’s no response?” Thaxton replied.

“I’m not allowed to comment on public comment,” Haddix answered. Read More»

Tea Party favors tax? In Senoia, they do

Senoia Tea Party Patriots support Coweta SPLOST

One of the issues Coweta County voters will decide on at the March 6 Presidential Preference Primary is whether to continue the local 1-cent sales tax (SPLOST). Coming out in support of the initiative is the Senoia Tea Party Patriots (STPP). STPP coordinator Joe Cannin in recent statements provided the organization’s position on supporting the continuation. Read More»

Crane supports vote on charter schools

State Sen. Mike Crane on Feb. 9 spoke at the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia to affirm his support for the charter school movement. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It’s all about a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at restoring the state’s right to approve charter schools.

And that was the message brought by District 28 Sen. Mike Crane on Feb. 9 to a group of parents and employees at the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia.

Crane was clearly in support of House Resolution 1162 that would restore the state’s ability to approve charter schools. The Georgia Senate followed suit earlier this week with Senate Resolution 853 that would accomplish the goal specified in HR 1162. Read More»

PTC’s Rep. Ramsey joins in opposing T-SPLOST

Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City.

Opponents of the proposed $6 billion 10-year regional transportation sales tax in metro Atlanta now have at least a glimmer of hope to stop the measure before it makes it to the ballot box July 31.

A bill unveiled at the Georgia legislature last week would halt the sales tax vote, replacing it with a constitutional amendment to see if state voters are even willing to allow such regional sales tax initiatives. Read More»

Haddix decries August censure in Rotary address

The mayor’s annual State of the City address is a political tradition in Peachtree City, routinely chocked with the city’s various accomplishments over the previous years and a look at the upcoming year. Read More»

Ramsey-backed bill would halt regional T-SPLOST

It could be the beginning of the end for a 1 percent regional transportation sales tax proposed for Coweta County and the other nine counties in the Three Rivers Region.

A bill was introduced this past week to sack the sales tax entirely, replacing it with a system in which counties would be able to enter transportation sales tax agreements with neighboring counties for regional transportation projects. Read More»

Legislature to consider creating regional transit governing board

New legislation has been proposed to create a regional “Transit Governance Council” to handle bus and rail projects in metro Atlanta in conjunction with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. Read More»

Qualifying fees set for Fayette elections; BoE uncertain

There is a lot more than a presidential election going on this year in Fayette County. Qualifying fees have been set for three seats on the Fayette County Commission and three seats on the Fayette County Board of Education along with fees for sheriff, tax commissioner, coroner and a host of local judicial races.

The Fayette County Commission has three seats up for election this year. Those include the seats held by Post 1 Commissioner Robert Horgan, Post 2 Commissioner Herb Frady and Post 3 Commissioner Lee Hearn. The qualifying fee for commission candidates is $700.57. Read More»

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