Politics

Delay coming for regional transportation sales tax vote?

Added to legislature's special session agenda by Gov. Deal

Map-making won’t be the only chore taken up by the Georgia Legislature during its special session starting Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal also wants the legislature to consider moving the date of the referendum on a regional transportation sales tax vote. The legislation adopted earlier this year scheduled that vote for July 31, 2012, but Deal wants to push it to the November general election, a spokesman for his office has confirmed. Read More»

Westmoreland: Constitutional amendment needed to rein in runaway federal spending

3rd District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westsmoreland makes a point at a briefing Tuesday morning at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a conversation about debt and spending and what the future holds for the United States. Remarks by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland addressed those and other issues at an Aug. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at the old courthouse in Fayetteville. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey, Sen. Chance to play lead roles in redistricting

In less than two weeks, the Georgia Legislature will convene in a special session called by Gov. Nathan Deal to begin the once-every-decade process of redistricting.

Fayette County is in a unique position to come out ahead in terms of the way maps are redrawn for the various districts in the state House of Representatives and Senate. That’s because Read More»

Rep. Westmoreland votes against debt ceiling increase

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (nearest camera) at a recent U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing. Photo from his official website.

A majority of House Republicans may have voted for the recent U.S. debt ceiling increase, but Third District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland was not among them.

The final bill failed to provide enough cuts to the deficit and left open the possibility of future tax increases, the Grantville, Ga., congressman said in a news release.

Westmoreland’s statement follows:

“When these negotiations began in January, I made a promise that I would not vote for any legislation that didn’t include significant spending cuts and absolutely no tax increases. Read More»

Brown: Budget may be issue for Hwy. 74/I-85 fix

One of the projects that stands to benefit the most from a potential regional sales tax is improvements to the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85, just outside the Fayette-Fulton County line. Read More»

Parents, supporters happy with Senoia charter school decision

Parents and supporters of the Coweta Charter Academy could not be happier with the announcement July 14 that an arrangement brokered by Gov. Nathan Deal, members of the General Assembly and the Georgia Dept. of Education (DOE) will provide local funding dollars that will allow the school to re-open for grades K-4 in August for the 2011-2012 school year. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix slams Councilman Imker on ‘smoke and mirrors’ budget

PTC mayor says councilman flip-flopped on tax increases

A disagreement over City Council budgeting tactics now has Mayor Don Haddix on the offensive against fellow Councilman Eric Imker. In a letter to the editor in the July 20 edition, Haddix chides Imker for promising to avoid property tax increases when he ran for election in 2009, only to vote for a property tax increase in 2010. Read More»

What’s on regional SPLOST road list, and what’s not

A preliminary first round of cuts has trimmed some $116.8 million in Fayette County road improvement projects from the equation, at least for now, when it comes to potential funding with a regional sales tax that will be considered by voters in June 2012.

Making the cut were some $130.8 million in projects inside Fayette County, not including another $22.5 million for arguably the most significant congestion-relief project which would be just across the county line in Fairburn: improvements to the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85. Read More»

PTC Judge Stephen Ott throws hat in ring for state court judge

Stephen Ott, city court judge for Peachtree City. File photo.

Local attorney Stephen Ott has announced he will seek election as Fayette County State Court Judge in the July 2012 non-partisan election.

New State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian will be facing her first election then, as she was appointed to the bench in August 2010 by Gov. Sonny Perdue after her predecessor, Fletcher Sams, was appointed to an open slot as superior court judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette. Read More»

After 1st cuts, Fayette in line for $320 million in T-SPLOST

Based on the first cut of a smorgasbord of proposed transportation projects announced July 7, Fayette County looks to be in line for about $320 million Read More»

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