Senator-elect David Perdue Statement On President’s Executive Amnesty Announcement
U.S. Senator-elect David Perdue released the following statement regarding the President’s executive amnesty announcement:
“President Obama’s proposed executive action on amnesty is an outrageous abuse of power. Georgians sent a clear message in the most recent election: they want Washington to work again. They don’t want the President playing politics and sidestepping Congress on important issues like immigration. They want security first and enforcement of current laws. They don’t want amnesty and open borders.
“Let’s not forget, the President purposely delayed this unilateral action until after Election Day for political purposes. As part of the new Senate majority, (more…)
Isakson, Chambliss React to President’s Planned Executive Action on Immigration
“…any attempt to circumvent Congress and grant legal status to millions is unacceptable…wrong way to govern”
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., released the following statement today regarding the President’s proposed executive action on immigration:
“President Obama continues to circumvent Congress by executive order. This is the wrong way to govern. Bottom line, any attempt to circumvent Congress and grant legal status to millions is unacceptable. We must stop the President from executing bad policy and will consider all legislative and legal options when determining the best course of action to do so.”
The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system.
These executive actions crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay their fair share of taxes as they register to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
These are common sense steps, but only Congress can finish the job. As the President acts, he’ll continue to work with Congress on a comprehensive, bipartisan bill—like the one passed by the Senate more than a year ago—that can replace these actions and fix the whole system.
Three critical elements of the President’s executive actions are:
Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border: The President’s actions increase the chances that anyone attempting to cross the border illegally will be caught and sent back. Continuing the surge of resources that effectively reduced the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally this summer, the President’s actions will also centralize border security command-and-control to continue to crack down on illegal immigration.
Deporting Felons, Not Families: The President’s actions focus on the deportation of people who threaten national security and public safety. He has directed immigration enforcement to place anyone suspected of terrorism, violent criminals, gang members, and recent border crossers at the top of the deportation priority list.
Accountability – Criminal Background Checks and Taxes: The President is also acting to hold accountable those undocumented immigrants who have lived in the US for more than five years and are parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents. By registering and passing criminal and national security background checks, millions of undocumented immigrants will start paying their fair share of taxes and temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation for three years at a time.
The President’s actions will also streamline legal immigration to boost our economy and will promote naturalization for those who qualify. (more…)
Four affordable-housing projects in Bibb and Houston counties will get $3.3 million in tax credits for development, 15 percent of the amount handed out statewide.
In Macon-Bibb County, renovation of the former Hunt Elementary School at 990 Shurling Drive into apartments for the elderly will get $657,286 in tax credits, which can be sold to raise money for construction, while turning the former A.L. Miller High School at 2241 Montpelier Ave. into relatively low-priced apartments will qualify the developer for about $1 million in tax credits, said Alison Tyrer, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
In Houston County, two new construction projects get the credits: $981,733 for senior housing called Oliver Place, on Gray Road in Perry; and $692,668 for the second phase of Potemkin Senior Village at 701 Elberta Road in Warner Robins.
Chris Byrd, development associate for Oracle Consulting Services LLC, said the Kentucky-based company hopes to start work at the Miller school in March or April 2015, and construction will take 12 to 14 months.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Wednesday it has manufactured the 100th G650. The ultra-long-range business jet was delivered to a customer on Nov. 14.
“The production of the 100th G650 is a testament to the demand for this amazing aircraft,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “It truly set a new world standard for performance, range, speed, safety and comfort when it entered into service in December 2012.
“The completion of the 100th aircraft also speaks volumes about the skilled employees who build these planes.”
The G650 was announced on March 13, 2008, and took its first flight on Nov. 25, 2009. The aircraft was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 7, 2012, and by the European Aviation Safety Agency on Dec. 21, 2012.
The city of Savannah — with the help of a surveillance camera — has begun enforcing a local ordinance meant to stop trains from backing up traffic for excessive periods of time.
A citation, which could include a fine of up to $500, was issued against a train operator, Golden Isles Terminal Railroad, for blocking vehicles on President Street last month for more than the 10 minutes allowed by city ordinance.
The 17-minute traffic blockage at about 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 was confirmed by reviewing video from a surveillance camera after the city received a complaint about the incident, said city spokesman Bret Bell.
Golden Isles works hard to stay within the 10 minutes allowed to minimize traffic disruptions, company spokesman Michael Williams said in an email.
“While it can be frustrating to wait in traffic as a train moves back and forth in the crossing, I assure you that the crew is doing all they can to safely complete the task and clear the crossing as soon as possible,” Williams said.
The city and Golden Isles reached an informal agreement in 2007 not to “switch cars” from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., but it still happens occasionally, Bell said.
Federal and state laws prohibit the city from adopting the rush-hour restriction into law, but they do allow for the city’s 10-minute limit on blocking traffic, Bell said.
Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) recently announced his intention to re-introduce a “religious freedom” bill in the 2015 Georgia General Assembly. A previous version was opposed by some business interests as well as the Georgia Municipal Association because they felt it would legalize discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and deny them access to needed services.
A plain reading of the legislation, however, says otherwise.
McKoon’s bill simply restricts the right of any governmental entity to “substantially burden a person’s civil right to exercise of religion” unless it can show that the burden is necessary to further a “compelling governmental interest”. Uprooting discrimination on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, what have you, is a well-established “compelling governmental interest”. Further, the burden must be the least restrictive means of alternative means to protect that interest.
Under this law, the government is barred from passing a law or imposing a regulation that interferes with one’s religious beliefs unless that law or regulation can pass a “strict scrutiny” test. It addresses government power and the free exercise of religion; it is not a law promoting or protecting acts of private discrimination.
The bill mirrors the 21 year old federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other similar laws on the books in 19 other states, even more when judicial decisions are included.
MARIETTA — A day before the Cobb Board of Ethics is scheduled to hold a hearing on an ethics complaint against County Chairman Tim Lee, one member of the board has resigned and other is being asked to step down.
Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman Ben Mathis, Lee’s attorney, filed a motion Wednesday requesting Angeline Mathis, his ex-wife, to recuse herself from the ethics board.
Additionally, the Rev. Walter Moon, the ethics board member appointed by the Cobb Board of Commissioners, has submitted his resignation from the board for personal reasons, according to Lynn Rainey, attorney for the board.