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James Salzer

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

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While in Georgia House leadership, Abrams was also a per diem leader
 Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show. A ranking of lawmakers by the number of days they were paid $173 to work outside...

Posted: 7 days ago

Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show. A ranking of lawmakers by the number of days they were paid $173 to work outside...
Georgia being flooded by outside political money this election season
 A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before...

Posted: 14 days ago

A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before...
Georgia panel reverses 300 percent retiree health insurance rate hike
 The Department of Community Health board reversed course Friday, deciding not to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees. The move came after retirees accused the state agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield by dramatically raising rates on their...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Department of Community Health board reversed course Friday, deciding not to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees. The move came after retirees accused the state agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield by dramatically raising rates on their...
Vendor reporting on ‘gifts’ to state workers in Georgia spotty at best
 A Chicago nonprofit the state paid to review charter school applications foot the bill for education agency employees to attend training sessions and conferences, even offering top staffers $1,000 stipends to take part in the events. The nonprofit — the National Association of Charter School Authorizers — did not file mandated...

Posted: 19 days ago

A Chicago nonprofit the state paid to review charter school applications foot the bill for education agency employees to attend training sessions and conferences, even offering top staffers $1,000 stipends to take part in the events. The nonprofit — the National Association of Charter School Authorizers — did not file mandated...
Victim’s rights advocate puts $8.3 million into Georgia ballot campaign
 George Soros isn’t the only mega-donor pouring big money into this year’s elections in Georgia. Henry Nicholas, a California billionaire who founded the semiconductor company Broadcom Corp., and his victim’s rights foundation have already put $8.3 million into the campaign to pass Georgia’s proposed Marsy’s Law...

Posted: 20 days ago

George Soros isn’t the only mega-donor pouring big money into this year’s elections in Georgia. Henry Nicholas, a California billionaire who founded the semiconductor company Broadcom Corp., and his victim’s rights foundation have already put $8.3 million into the campaign to pass Georgia’s proposed Marsy’s Law...
DCH may keep health insurance flat for Georgia retirees after all
 The Department of Community Health is expected to revise plans to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees, reversing a move last month that led some to accuse the agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Chris Riley, the chief of staff to Gov. Nathan...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Department of Community Health is expected to revise plans to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees, reversing a move last month that led some to accuse the agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Chris Riley, the chief of staff to Gov. Nathan...
IRS proposal could hurt Georgia rural hospital, school tax credits
 A proposed federal rule could discourage donations to two highly popular Georgia tax credit programs that support struggling rural hospitals and parents who want to send their children to private schools. The proposed rule by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service would limit or eliminate the federal tax break donors get...

Posted: 29 days ago

A proposed federal rule could discourage donations to two highly popular Georgia tax credit programs that support struggling rural hospitals and parents who want to send their children to private schools. The proposed rule by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service would limit or eliminate the federal tax break donors get...
Georgia public health program to request an extra $268 million
 With health care costs and the use of services going up and federal funding in some cases going down, the state agency that runs Medicaid is asking for a $268 million increase from the General Assembly next session. The Department of Community Health board on Thursday approved spending requests for the midyear and next year’s budget...

4:59 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

With health care costs and the use of services going up and federal funding in some cases going down, the state agency that runs Medicaid is asking for a $268 million increase from the General Assembly next session. The Department of Community Health board on Thursday approved spending requests for the midyear and next year’s budget...
Rural Georgia hospitals to press for expansion of tax credit program
 A group representing small-town hospitals will lobby for a big increase in the state’s $60 million rural hospital tax credit program, and they could have some major statehouse backing next session. HomeTown Health, a coalition of rural hospitals, said it will push for the tax credit program to be increased to $100 million during the...

11:30 AM Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

A group representing small-town hospitals will lobby for a big increase in the state’s $60 million rural hospital tax credit program, and they could have some major statehouse backing next session. HomeTown Health, a coalition of rural hospitals, said it will push for the tax credit program to be increased to $100 million during the...
Oxendine caught up in lab testing dispute
 Georgia’s former insurance commissioner John W. Oxendine says he walked away from a deal with a Texas company called Next Health that is embroiled in a $100 million fraud lawsuit playing out in Dallas. But a paper trail that revealed Oxendine’s plans to work with the company is part of the ambitious civil case against Next Health...

11:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

Georgia’s former insurance commissioner John W. Oxendine says he walked away from a deal with a Texas company called Next Health that is embroiled in a $100 million fraud lawsuit playing out in Dallas. But a paper trail that revealed Oxendine’s plans to work with the company is part of the ambitious civil case against Next Health...
Raising cash outside Georgia both a strength, vulnerability for Abrams
 The election is nearly three months away, but you’ve already heard the pitch from Republicans: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, is a radical liberal bankrolled by lefty fat cats from California and New York. It’s true that liberal megadonor George Soros of New York has already pumped about $1.5 million into...

11:30 AM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

The election is nearly three months away, but you’ve already heard the pitch from Republicans: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, is a radical liberal bankrolled by lefty fat cats from California and New York. It’s true that liberal megadonor George Soros of New York has already pumped about $1.5 million into...