James Salzer

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

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Senate to vote Saturday on Georgia storm relief, jet-fuel tax bills
 The Georgia Senate’s budget and tax committees on Friday approved both a tax break on jet fuel that would help Delta Air Lines and Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to clean up and rebuild southwest Georgia after Hurricane Michael devastated the area in October. The approvals set up a final vote by the full chamber Saturday, two days ...

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The Georgia Senate’s budget and tax committees on Friday approved both a tax break on jet fuel that would help Delta Air Lines and Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to clean up and rebuild southwest Georgia after Hurricane Michael devastated the area in October. The approvals set up a final vote by the full chamber Saturday, two days ...
Georgia House backs hurricane relief plan, tax break for airlines
 The Georgia House gave overwhelming backing Thursday to Gov. Nathan Deal’s nearly $500 million plan to help clean up and rebuild southwest Georgia after Hurricane Michael devastated the area in October. The chamber also backed his proposal to continue a tax break on jet fuel that will mean a $40 million boost to Delta Air Lines. The...

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The Georgia House gave overwhelming backing Thursday to Gov. Nathan Deal’s nearly $500 million plan to help clean up and rebuild southwest Georgia after Hurricane Michael devastated the area in October. The chamber also backed his proposal to continue a tax break on jet fuel that will mean a $40 million boost to Delta Air Lines. The...
Georgia governor’s proposals clear first hurdles in special session
 Gov. Nathan Deal’s tax breaks for tree farmers and airlines, plus his plan to spend $270 million helping to clean up and rebuild southwest Georgia after Hurricane Michael devastated the area, easily passed their first tests Wednesday. Deal’s spending plan won approval from the Georgia House Budget Committee after he pulled money...

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s tax breaks for tree farmers and airlines, plus his plan to spend $270 million helping to clean up and rebuild southwest Georgia after Hurricane Michael devastated the area, easily passed their first tests Wednesday. Deal’s spending plan won approval from the Georgia House Budget Committee after he pulled money...
Brian Kemp’s brother-in-law out as Georgia Senate majority leader
 The Georgia Senate’s Republican caucus picked a new leadership team Tuesday, and one of its biggest changes came near the top.  The caucus chose Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, to replace Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, as majority leader of the Senate. Cowsert is the brother-in-law of Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee who has declared...

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The Georgia Senate’s Republican caucus picked a new leadership team Tuesday, and one of its biggest changes came near the top.  The caucus chose Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, to replace Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, as majority leader of the Senate. Cowsert is the brother-in-law of Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee who has declared...
Deal proposes hurricane recovery money, tax break for tree replanting
 Gov. Nathan Deal proposed $200 million worth of income tax credits Tuesday for landowners in southwest Georgia as incentive for them to replant trees destroyed last month by Hurricane Michael. The tax break was part of Deal’s package introduced as state lawmakers convened a special session designed to help fund the cleanup and rebuilding...

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Gov. Nathan Deal proposed $200 million worth of income tax credits Tuesday for landowners in southwest Georgia as incentive for them to replant trees destroyed last month by Hurricane Michael. The tax break was part of Deal’s package introduced as state lawmakers convened a special session designed to help fund the cleanup and rebuilding...
Georgia legislators set to begin work on hurricane recovery package
 State lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday — several for the last session of their careers — to approve a $270 million package to help clean up and aid southwest Georgia areas hammered by Hurricane Michael. Gov. Nathan Deal has not specified exactly how he would like the money to be spent. That will be detailed in legislation...

Posted: 3 days ago

State lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday — several for the last session of their careers — to approve a $270 million package to help clean up and aid southwest Georgia areas hammered by Hurricane Michael. Gov. Nathan Deal has not specified exactly how he would like the money to be spent. That will be detailed in legislation...
Special session will cost $40,000 a day, but Georgia has other options
 A week after an election was supposed to choose a new governor, the General Assembly will start a $40,000-a-day special session that the current governor probably didn’t need to call. While Republican Brian Kemp prepares to replace Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Stacey Abrams continues to contest the outcome of the election, legislators...

Posted: 4 days ago

A week after an election was supposed to choose a new governor, the General Assembly will start a $40,000-a-day special session that the current governor probably didn’t need to call. While Republican Brian Kemp prepares to replace Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Stacey Abrams continues to contest the outcome of the election, legislators...
Deal will seek $270 million from Georgia lawmakers for hurricane costs
 Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that lawmakers next week will be asked to approve a package worth about $270 million to help clean up and aid South Georgia areas hit last month by Hurricane Michael. Deal plans to make the formal call for the session, which is expected to start Tuesday and run five days, on Friday. The governor’s...

Posted: 7 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that lawmakers next week will be asked to approve a package worth about $270 million to help clean up and aid South Georgia areas hit last month by Hurricane Michael. Deal plans to make the formal call for the session, which is expected to start Tuesday and run five days, on Friday. The governor’s...
Democrats gain 13 seats in Legislature, mostly in north metro Atlanta
 Making huge inroads into metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs, Democrats gained 13 legislative seats in Tuesday’s election. If the results hold — some of the races could have recounts — Tuesday will have marked the Democrats’ biggest legislative gains in about 20 years, according to election observers. They picked...

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Making huge inroads into metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs, Democrats gained 13 legislative seats in Tuesday’s election. If the results hold — some of the races could have recounts — Tuesday will have marked the Democrats’ biggest legislative gains in about 20 years, according to election observers. They picked...
Democrats make major inroads in suburban Atlanta legislative contests
 Democrats appeared to have made major inroads into Atlanta’s northern suburbs in Tuesday’s General Assembly elections but Republicans held strong in small-town Georgia. There was always going to be big turnover in the General Assembly heading into the 2019 session because so many lawmakers retired or quit to run for higher office...

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Democrats appeared to have made major inroads into Atlanta’s northern suburbs in Tuesday’s General Assembly elections but Republicans held strong in small-town Georgia. There was always going to be big turnover in the General Assembly heading into the 2019 session because so many lawmakers retired or quit to run for higher office...