James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

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Georgia Senate panel seeks slowdown in passage of tax credits
 A Georgia Senate panel is expected to recommend what would be a fairly revolutionary change in the way lawmakers have traditionally passed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of special-interest tax breaks at the end of each General Assembly session. A special committee reviewing whether to continue tax breaks — such as those given...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Georgia Senate panel is expected to recommend what would be a fairly revolutionary change in the way lawmakers have traditionally passed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of special-interest tax breaks at the end of each General Assembly session. A special committee reviewing whether to continue tax breaks — such as those given...
Some Georgia school retirees see health coverage costs skyrocket
 Chuck Trader decided to become a middle-school math teacher in 2007 after years in corporate finance, in part because he believed that as an educator, he’d be able to retire in his early 60s with good, affordable, state-subsidized health insurance. When he retired 10 years later he found out he was wrong. Very wrong. His family&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Chuck Trader decided to become a middle-school math teacher in 2007 after years in corporate finance, in part because he believed that as an educator, he’d be able to retire in his early 60s with good, affordable, state-subsidized health insurance. When he retired 10 years later he found out he was wrong. Very wrong. His family&rsquo...
Georgia tax collections fall in October
 Georgia revenue collections fell in October and the state’s tax take is barely up over the first four months of the fiscal year. Collections fell 3.2 percent in October, largely because Department of Revenue internal upgrades had them sending out additional income tax refunds. Net sales tax collections were up a solid 3.5 percent over...

Posted: 10 days ago

Georgia revenue collections fell in October and the state’s tax take is barely up over the first four months of the fiscal year. Collections fell 3.2 percent in October, largely because Department of Revenue internal upgrades had them sending out additional income tax refunds. Net sales tax collections were up a solid 3.5 percent over...
Georgia panel recommends pay hikes for lawmakers, state officials
 State lawmakers would receive $12,000 raises in 2019 under a proposal by a compensation committee that is also recommending that statewide elected officials and the House speaker see their pay bumped up by $20,000 to $43,000. The panel, which was included in House Bill 202 that will raise the governor’s pay to $175,000 from the current...

Posted: 11 days ago

State lawmakers would receive $12,000 raises in 2019 under a proposal by a compensation committee that is also recommending that statewide elected officials and the House speaker see their pay bumped up by $20,000 to $43,000. The panel, which was included in House Bill 202 that will raise the governor’s pay to $175,000 from the current...
New Georgia lawmakers may have to fight bid to redraw voter lines
 Democrats euphoric over flipping three state legislative seats Tuesday may have to spend the 2018 General Assembly session making sure they have a shot at winning re-election next fall. Majority parties — in Georgia that’s the Republicans — don’t like losing seats, and they could file legislation during the session...

Posted: 11 days ago

Democrats euphoric over flipping three state legislative seats Tuesday may have to spend the 2018 General Assembly session making sure they have a shot at winning re-election next fall. Majority parties — in Georgia that’s the Republicans — don’t like losing seats, and they could file legislation during the session...
Official: Georgia teacher pension to cost at least $351 million more
 With only two months to go before the start of the 2018 legislative session, the Deal administration is finding that propping up Georgia’s teacher pension system is making its job difficult as it seeks to write a balanced budget. The administration had been warning for months that there wouldn’t be a lot of extra money to...

Posted: 13 days ago

With only two months to go before the start of the 2018 legislative session, the Deal administration is finding that propping up Georgia’s teacher pension system is making its job difficult as it seeks to write a balanced budget. The administration had been warning for months that there wouldn’t be a lot of extra money to...
Georgia statehouse crowd all about Atlanta mayor’s race too
 The statehouse crowd and City Hall haven’t always gotten along over the years, but that hasn’t stopped Capitol regulars from getting involved in the Atlanta mayor’s race. Some of them already do business with the City Hall, while other may be looking for new opportunities. Keep reading on myajc.com to see which statehouse...

Posted: 16 days ago

The statehouse crowd and City Hall haven’t always gotten along over the years, but that hasn’t stopped Capitol regulars from getting involved in the Atlanta mayor’s race. Some of them already do business with the City Hall, while other may be looking for new opportunities. Keep reading on myajc.com to see which statehouse...
Georgia statehouse interests pony up in Atlanta mayor’s race, too
 There has been a lot of talk in recent years about how well Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed — members of opposing political parties — get along and work together on issues affecting the city and state. That connection is holding true for a lot of statehouse special interests that traditionally give big to top Capitol...

Posted: 18 days ago

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about how well Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed — members of opposing political parties — get along and work together on issues affecting the city and state. That connection is holding true for a lot of statehouse special interests that traditionally give big to top Capitol...
Kemp’s office concludes election data not lost in server wipe
 Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office said Monday that Kennesaw State University’s elections center acted “in accordance with standard IT procedures” when it wiped data from a computer server shortly after a lawsuit was filed seeking to force the state to overhaul its election technology. The data...

Posted: 19 days ago

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office said Monday that Kennesaw State University’s elections center acted “in accordance with standard IT procedures” when it wiped data from a computer server shortly after a lawsuit was filed seeking to force the state to overhaul its election technology. The data...
Lawmakers create new programs, tax breaks without finding if they work
 A new state audit says college loan-forgiveness programs designed to steer students into studying for certain professions or working in certain areas of Georgia, in some cases, aren’t well-assessed for effectiveness and may be ill-targeted. Another one said the state may be inadequately assessing eligibility for a popular $300 million-a-year...

Posted: 21 days ago

A new state audit says college loan-forgiveness programs designed to steer students into studying for certain professions or working in certain areas of Georgia, in some cases, aren’t well-assessed for effectiveness and may be ill-targeted. Another one said the state may be inadequately assessing eligibility for a popular $300 million-a-year...
PSC’s Wise to quit after Vogtle vote so governor can appoint successor
 Georgia Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise plans to resign after a crucial vote in February on the future of the controversial Plant Vogtle project. Wise had announced earlier this month that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election in 2018. But what Wise, a resident of Cobb County who has served 23 years on the commission, didn&rsquo...

Posted: 26 days ago

Georgia Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise plans to resign after a crucial vote in February on the future of the controversial Plant Vogtle project. Wise had announced earlier this month that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election in 2018. But what Wise, a resident of Cobb County who has served 23 years on the commission, didn&rsquo...