Your Georgia Desk:
From Governor Nathan Deal:
Weekly round-up: Pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-Georgia
A rundown of Gov. Deal’s leadership on job creation, business expansion, and efforts to keep Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation to do business
NOTE: Gov. Nathan Deal believes that lower taxes and less government interference foster a pro-jobs, pro-growth economy. By reforming our tax code, reducing burdensome regulations, and recruiting businesses to relocate or expand here, Deal has helped to create more than 235,000 jobs.
April 7, 2014
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has been selected to receive the Presidential “E Star” Award for excellence in providing export programs and services.
“International trade has a powerful job creation effect, enriching the lives of Georgians and helping the state to remain a leader in the global marketplace,” said Deal. “Congratulations to the Department of Economic Development’s International Trade Division for this tremendous accomplishment, and I look forward to continuing our partnership to keep Georgia the No. 1 place in which to do business.”
The President’s “E Star” and “E” Awards are the nation’s highest honor given to an export service organization. The “E” Award was originally created by executive order from President Kennedy in 1961. The “E Star” Award is authorized to recognize previous “E” Award winners for their continued efforts in export expansion. Georgia’s international trade program first achieved “E” status in 1970 and most recently received an “E Star” Award in 2007 for its shared leadership approach to export assistance and the facilitation of export activities that support the export growth of Georgia companies.
Read more here.
April 7, 2014
WSB: “Governor Deal has pledged one of Georgia’s top priorities is to ensure Georgia veterans find meaningful employment as they return home,” said Commissioner Avery Niles. “The Department of Juvenile Justice supports Governor Nathan Deal’s ‘Hire a Georgia Veteran Campaign’ and we have signed the Governor’s pledge to provide enhanced hiring opportunities for veterans.”
April 18, 2014
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Deal reports March revenues up 12.3 percent compared to last year
April 8, 2014
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of March totaled $1.32 billion for an increase of nearly $144.5 million, or 12.3 percent, compared to the month-ended March 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $13.05 billion for an increase of nearly $705 million, or 5.7 percent, compared to the same point last year.
Changes within major tax categories explain the net tax revenue increase in March.
Tax Reform Impacts: HB 386 and HB 266 had significant impacts on Georgia’s tax structure that influenced current month and year-to-date revenue collections across multiple tax collection categories. The increase in Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees is the result of the March 1, 2013, implementation of a new Title ad Valorem Tax (TAVT). Sales Tax collections have been impacted by the elimination of the auto sales tax, reduction in the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, implementation of the Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption program, and reinstatement of the sales tax holidays. Individual Income Tax has been impacted by the marriage penalty reduction effective Jan. 1, 2013. Read more here.
New law benefits businesses, environment
April 8, 2014
Fox 31: If you’re planning on purchasing a truck that runs on alternative fuel, you may be able to get a tax credit now.
Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that creates a new tax credit for Georgians who choose to buy and operate alternative fuel trucks or buses.
The vehicle must operate on electricity, liquid petroleum gas, natural gas or hydrogen fuel. Seventy five percent of the vehicle’s mileage must also be here in the state and the vehicle must be registered in the state for no less than five years.
Peach State’s future continues to look bright
April 9, 2014
The Red & Black highlights:As Georgia continues toward educational and economic reform, the Peach State’s future continues to look bright. Expect some major changes in the nearfuture as Gov. Nathan Deal works to keep Georgia as the No. 1 state in the nation for business.
At the 23rd Annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting, Gov. Nathan Deal addressed Georgia’s economic future and his plans to improve the economy and education.
“I do believe that one of the primary purposes of education is employment,” Deal said.” Anyone who is in our institutions should have that type of focus, so that when they graduate they are sitting in office chairs, instead of in their parent’s basement couch.
Fortunately, Deal believes he can help lower unemployment and fill job vacancies.
“We have seven areas of study within our technical college system that if someone will pursue those degrees, 100 percent of the cost of that will be paid for by the HOPE grant,” Deal said.
Education for the following careers is now covered by the HOPE grant: long-distance truck driving, practical nursing, early childhood education, diesel mechanics, welders, health technology and general information technology. Read more here.
Deal leads state to path forward on cannabis oil treatment
April 10, 2014
Governor outlines plans for clinical trials at Georgia Regents University for children with epileptic disorders
Gov. Nathan Deal today plotted a path forward for the safe and legal use of cannabis oil by Georgia children suffering from epileptic disorders. The governor also announced that he and the Department of Human Services will launch pilot projects for public-private partnerships in the state’s foster care system.
Deal has consulted with the federal Food and Drug Administration on how the state can begin legal clinical trials with cannabis oil products at Georgia Regents University Augusta.
“So far we have identified two tracks worthy of pursuit,” Deal said. “Our most promising solution involves pairing GRU with a private pharmaceutical company that has developed a purified liquid cannabinoid currently in the FDA testing phase. The product contains no THC, which is the component in marijuana that intoxicates a user. The university would create a well-designed trial for children with epileptic disorders, and in order to serve as many children as we can, we would like to pursue a statewide investigational new drug program through a multicenter study that would allow GRU to partner with other research facilities across the state. We have talked with the pharmaceutical company to gauge interest, and the company is willing to continue those initial talks.
“Georgia will also possibly pursue a second clinical trial at GRU that would use cannabidiol oil obtained from cannabis product grown by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at its farm located at the University of Mississippi. This road would perhaps take more time because it would require GRU to work through an approval process with NIDA and the FDA.
“We do not see these options as mutually exclusive, and we’re looking to move forward on both options at this time.” Read more here.