Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state will move forward with deepening the Port of Savannah, even though President Barack Obama did not include construction funding for the project in his budget proposal.
But can the state legally and financially undertake the task itself?
At issue is whether the state can move forward with dredging without authorization and construction funding from the federal government.
Georgia could lose federal funding if it does not fix its backlog of food stamp applications.
Approximately 30,000 applications for food stamps – some new, some renewals -- are behind schedule right now.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Georgia must submit a corrective plan of action by March 19 and must make “significant progress” by the end of this month or face suspension or even loss of federal money for the food stamp program.
The state's 16-member congressional delegation penned a letter Thursday to the head of the Federal Office of Management and Budget in response to President Barack Obama leaving out construction funding for the Port of Savannah deepening in his 2015 budget proposal.
The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly approved the state budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The $20.8 billion dollar budget includes $770 million new dollars in funding over the current budget. Democratic leaders sparred with Republicans over Medicaid and education funding.
How much do you know about the water wars between Florida, Alabama, and Georgia? Did you know this fight has been going on for decades? Or that at one time it looked as if Atlanta was going to have to give up 95% of the water it had been getting from Lake Lanier?
Now, with Florida suing Georgia yet again and learning that the lawyers who have worked for the state on this litigation are stepping down after 15 years, we thought it might be a good time to look back at the history of this epic struggle over water.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are both continuing their support for the deepening of the Port of Savannah after the project did not receive the amount of funding supporters desired in President Barack Obama’s 2015 budget proposal.
On Wednesday, WABE asked Deal if he’d been in contact with fellow Republicans U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss after the budget proposal was released. Deal said he had, and called both men “champions” of the port deepening.
Then reporters asked Deal about Democrat Mayor Reed.
After 15 years in the tri-state water wars, Georgia's legal team is leaving. Todd Silliman, of McKenna Long & Aldridge, and Bruce Brown, who has his own firm, cited the heavy demands the fights with Florida and Alabama have placed on their practices. They also said this is a good time for everyone to make a change, after several court decisions in Georgia's favor in the fight over the use of Lake Lanier as a drinking water source for metro Atlanta.
Governor Nathan Deal expressed disappointment today with the Obama Administration’s decision not to include any construction funding for the Port of Savannah deepening project in its budget proposal. The state had been hoping for nearly $400 million construction dollars. Instead, just over $1.5 million was designated for pre-construction engineering and design.
Governor Deal said he doesn’t know why the administration did not include the funding, especially after Vice President Joe Biden recently promised the project would get done “come hell or high water.”
Some Republican members of Georgia’s congressional delegation say they are shocked President Barack Obama did not include in his budget proposal money to deepen the Port of Savannah, despite past support from the administration.
During a visit to Savannah last year, Vice President Joe Biden, appearing with Georgia’s Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, said the Savannah Port deepening would happen “come hell or high water.” And last week Isakson told the state Senate approval was nearly complete.
A state Senate Committee passed a controversial bill Tuesday. It leaves the decision about how to handle students who carry certain knives on school property up to local school boards. But Democrats say the bill could have further reaching implications.
Currently, any student discovered with a knife with a blade longer than two inches on school grounds can be charged with a felony. Republican Representative Ed Setzler, the sponsor of House bill 826, says the law is well intended but can be overly harsh.
The Georgia House Education Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on a controversial bill. Senate Bill 167 mandates a review of the Common Core education standards. But there are legislation contains several other requirements.
A group of retired military members gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to show support for the Common Core education standards. Georgia has invested plenty of time and money in the standards’ implementation. But a bill that cleared the state Senate puts Georgia’s future participation in the Common Core in question.
William Perry of Atlantans for a Fair Deal speaks in opposition of plans to use hotel/motel tax revenue to help build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. The group Tuesday rallied outside Atlanta City Hall in opposition to stadium plans.
The Georgia Senate approved a controversial bill to prohibit abortion coverage in the State Health Benefit Plan. The bill also bans abortion coverage from policies under a federal healthcare exchange that Georgians can participate in under the Affordable Care Act.
Immigrants’ rights groups gathered at the State Capitol Monday to applaud what appears to be the end of two pieces of legislation. One bill would have denied drivers’ licenses to immigrants who’ve received temporary protective status. A proposed resolution would have made English Georgia’s official language.
Monday marked the first day of qualifying for candidates planning to run in this year’s state and local elections, with one of Fulton County’s commissioners submitting his papers to challenge current Chairman John Eaves for the board’s top spot.
Commissioner Robb Pitts Monday said he paid his fees to run for chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and submitted his intent to run statement for the top post early last month.
Pitts said the county has lost its stature regionally and statewide in recent years, something he wants to change.
By today, bills have to pass at least one state legislative chamber in order to have a chance at becoming law this year. The Georgia Senate is scheduled to consider 30 bills before the day ends including a controversial Senate bill that would prohibit some insurance policies from covering abortions.
A student at Clayton County’s Riverdale High School has been arrested after bringing a gun to school this morning.
It started around 10 a.m. Friday with a fight between two students in the hallway. According to school system spokesperson Vicky Gavalas, “A teacher and a school security officer were trying to diffuse the situation between the two students. They pulled the students into another room, at which point, in trying to separate the student, a gun fell out that was on the person of one of the students.”
A state lawmaker sponsoring legislation for the proposed city of Tucker says he opposes the creation of a megacity in what is currently unincorporated DeKalb County. Currently, state lawmakers are considering the proposed cities of Briarcliff, Tucker and Lakeside in what is now unincorporated DeKalb County.
If you live in DeKalb County, you are likely to see more police and firefighters on the beat soon.
Hiring more public safety officers is part of the budget county commissioners approved unanimously Thursday, but that unanimous vote does not mean all commissioners are happy about the new spending plan.
The new budget provides money to hire 160 new police officers and 100 new firefighters.
It’s that time of year. Parents are already thinking about preschool enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. But, where do you begin? WABE sought input from two early childhood education experts at Georgia State University.
The Georgia Senate approved a bill paving the way for the creation of the city of Lakeside. The proposed city currently sits in unincorporated DeKalb County.
Currently, the proposed city would border I- 85 on the west, Gwinnett County on the north, Chamblee-Tucker on the East and the Emory area in the South. Republican Senator Fran Millar spoke in favor of Lakeside.
“All I’m trying to do is give people a right to vote. This is a self-determination bill.”