Larry Chadwick, Chairman of the CobbEMC board since 1988, has resigned. A couple days ago, the CobbEMC Board voted 7-2 to cease its support of a new coal-powered plant. The member-owned utility is out $13 million amid some speculation about the plant’s continuing viability. Dean Alford, a former state representative and newly-appointed member of the Board of Regents, spoke for the consortium building the coal plant, saying that plans for Plant Washington are still “full speed ahead.”
Georgia has been rated 34th most business-friendly state, which I hope will give some impetus to Gov. Deal’s Competitiveness Initiative.
Senator Curt Thompson (D-Gwinnett) has introduced a bill to impose a moratorium on HOT lanes.
Legislation introduced by Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla) would phase out the systematic plunder of special-purpose funds for other uses.
Senator William Ligon (R-Brunswick) has introduced legislation to require food stamp or TANF recipients to work toward a diploma, learn to read or attend “self-development classes.” Respectfully suggest this requirement be extended to the Senate.
The Cumberland CID has indicated that it would support spending Cobb County’s share of the regional TSPLOST on either transit or toll lanes on I-75/575.
Pentagon plans to slow military spending may affect the F35 program at Lockheed.
The Senate Natural Resources Committee approved Senate Bill 301, which would allow hunters to use sound suppressors in Georgia.
Legislation to create a transit agency within GRTA has been written but will not be introduced until lawmakers build support for the measure.
Forty percent of 2011 home sales in Carroll County were foreclosed properties.
A solar power plant in Dalton will be upgraded from 350 kilowatts to 700 kw as part of a purchase agreement involving Georgia Power, Dalton Utilities, and United Renewable Energy, LLC from Alpharetta.
Editorial Boards across the state are opining in favor of ethics reform.
Jay Bookman attributes the lack of co-signers for ethics reform to pressure from leadership. Kyle Wingfield believes ethics reform will enhance public trust.
The Athens Banner Herald suggests that lawmakers “come to Jesus” on ethics reform.
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer favors an independent ethics board with dedicated funding and suggests that the status quo represents “government by the connected, for the connected.” The CL-E also finds the silence by lawmakers deafening on ethics reform.
After more than a week at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Merle Haggard has returned home to California to recuperate. Haggard credit his Georgia medical team with saving his life.
Lyle Lovett will play the 2012 Savannah Music Fest on March 24th. No word on whether Atlanta’s Francine Reed will be joining Lovett, but she’ll play Blind Willie’s on February 3d and Smith’s Olde Bar on Feb. 4th. Ms. Reed is one of Georgia’s musical treasures and you should see her when she’s in your town.
The 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona will run this weekend. Georgia’s US-headquartered Porsche will dominate the GT class, with 6 of the top 10 and 21 of 42 overall class qualifiers being GT3 Cup cars.