James Salzer

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

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$1 million Soros gift gives Georgia Democrats advantage over state GOP
 Thanks to a $1 million contribution from billionaire mega-donor George Soros, the Georgia Democratic Party began the second half of 2018 with three times as much money in the bank as the state’s majority Republican Party, according to new campaign finance reports. That’s a turnaround from most recent gubernatorial election years...

Posted: 5 days ago

Thanks to a $1 million contribution from billionaire mega-donor George Soros, the Georgia Democratic Party began the second half of 2018 with three times as much money in the bank as the state’s majority Republican Party, according to new campaign finance reports. That’s a turnaround from most recent gubernatorial election years...
The Georgia race for governor sets a spending record with months to go
 The race for governor has fast become the costliest contest for the state’s top job in Georgia history. New financial reports released this week show the candidates in the hunt to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal have raised or loaned themselves roughly $33 million. That figure is only set to grow: There’s still four months to go in the...

Posted: 11 days ago

The race for governor has fast become the costliest contest for the state’s top job in Georgia history. New financial reports released this week show the candidates in the hunt to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal have raised or loaned themselves roughly $33 million. That figure is only set to grow: There’s still four months to go in the...
Outside fund backing Cagle’s campaign reports raising $1 million
 An “independent” group has raised more than $1 million to run TV ads in support of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s campaign for governor, much of it coming from a fund run by top statehouse lobbyists, according to disclosures filed Monday. Changing Georgia’s Future reported spending $600,000 so far, mostly on media ads, and...

Posted: 12 days ago

An “independent” group has raised more than $1 million to run TV ads in support of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s campaign for governor, much of it coming from a fund run by top statehouse lobbyists, according to disclosures filed Monday. Changing Georgia’s Future reported spending $600,000 so far, mostly on media ads, and...
Georgia tax collections slow again in June
 The state of Georgia’s tax collections nudged upward in June, marking the fourth consecutive month of fairly slow growth after a robust start to 2018. Overall collections were up 1 percent in June over June 2017, with income tax collections down for the month. Income taxes are the largest source of revenue for the state, which uses...

Posted: 13 days ago

The state of Georgia’s tax collections nudged upward in June, marking the fourth consecutive month of fairly slow growth after a robust start to 2018. Overall collections were up 1 percent in June over June 2017, with income tax collections down for the month. Income taxes are the largest source of revenue for the state, which uses...
New Georgia governor will work with a far different economy than Deal
 Seven years ago Nathan Deal became governor at a time when the state was struggling to pay its bills and the government’s piggy bank was nearly empty. When Republicans Casey Cagle or Brian Kemp, or Democrat Stacey Abrams replaces Deal in January, he or she will more likely have to figure out what to do with all the tax money flowing...

Posted: 13 days ago

Seven years ago Nathan Deal became governor at a time when the state was struggling to pay its bills and the government’s piggy bank was nearly empty. When Republicans Casey Cagle or Brian Kemp, or Democrat Stacey Abrams replaces Deal in January, he or she will more likely have to figure out what to do with all the tax money flowing...
Georgia ethics panel foresees surge in cases from 2018 campaigns
 Hoping to pre-empt election-year problems, the director of Georgia’s ethics commission is planning to meet with the campaigns of major party gubernatorial nominees to make sure they’re following state campaign finance laws. Election years, particularly ones when candidates are running for statewide office like this one, tend to...

Posted: 16 days ago

Hoping to pre-empt election-year problems, the director of Georgia’s ethics commission is planning to meet with the campaigns of major party gubernatorial nominees to make sure they’re following state campaign finance laws. Election years, particularly ones when candidates are running for statewide office like this one, tend to...
Rural Georgia hospitals get a quick $60 million infusion of donations
 It took three attempts, but the General Assembly finally hit on the right formula to persuade Georgia corporations and individuals to donate to struggling rural hospitals. The Georgia Department of Revenue posted a notice Monday — the second day of the new state fiscal year — that the $60 million cap on tax credits to entice donors...

Posted: 19 days ago

It took three attempts, but the General Assembly finally hit on the right formula to persuade Georgia corporations and individuals to donate to struggling rural hospitals. The Georgia Department of Revenue posted a notice Monday — the second day of the new state fiscal year — that the $60 million cap on tax credits to entice donors...
Campaign cash shows Cagle is favorite with Georgia Capitol lobbyists
 As soon as a seemingly annual bill that used-car dealers worried would raise taxes on their customers began to stall again in the Georgia Senate in March, their lobbyists knew who to thank. As far as they were concerned, it was Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the front-runner in the Republican race for governor, to the rescue. Just like last year....

Posted: 25 days ago

As soon as a seemingly annual bill that used-car dealers worried would raise taxes on their customers began to stall again in the Georgia Senate in March, their lobbyists knew who to thank. As far as they were concerned, it was Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the front-runner in the Republican race for governor, to the rescue. Just like last year....
Feds probe GOP nominee for Georgia insurance commissioner
 A federal grand jury has subpoenaed state work records of Jim Beck, the former insurance lobbyist and state staffer who won the Republican nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner in May. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney based in Atlanta declined to comment on the investigation of Beck, who has been the subject of media reports over...

Posted: 25 days ago

A federal grand jury has subpoenaed state work records of Jim Beck, the former insurance lobbyist and state staffer who won the Republican nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner in May. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney based in Atlanta declined to comment on the investigation of Beck, who has been the subject of media reports over...
No back-to-school sales tax holiday this year for Georgia shoppers
 When parents head out this summer to buy school supplies and clothes for their children, they will have to pay a sales tax on what they purchase. For a second consecutive year, the General Assembly decided not to renew its long-running back-to-school sales-tax holiday. House Bill 796, sponsored by South Georgia lawmakers who didn’t...

Posted: 27 days ago

When parents head out this summer to buy school supplies and clothes for their children, they will have to pay a sales tax on what they purchase. For a second consecutive year, the General Assembly decided not to renew its long-running back-to-school sales-tax holiday. House Bill 796, sponsored by South Georgia lawmakers who didn’t...
U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of internet sales tax
 The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for states such as Georgia to collect sales taxes on most internet purchases, something that could prove a financial boon for governments but cost consumers millions. Georgia, under a law passed during this year’s General Assembly session, can now with the high court’s blessing...

3:44 PM Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for states such as Georgia to collect sales taxes on most internet purchases, something that could prove a financial boon for governments but cost consumers millions. Georgia, under a law passed during this year’s General Assembly session, can now with the high court’s blessing...