*According to Rick Day, supporting the Patriots makes you a racist. Or you support the Patriots because you’re a racist. Or something. So unite with me you fellow bigots!
The Big Item: Sunday New York Times published the first in a three-part series on states and their subsidy-happy ways to big businesses. In their research, they compiled what is said to be the first nationwide database on local subsidies, although exact figures are impossible to come by, the paper says. Georgia, for its part, spends $1.4 billion annually on incentive programs. All the more relevant considering the recent announcement that the state is increasing its investment in the West Point Kia factory. As the paper’s initial and lengthy report shows, those investments have at best, murky ROI. If you are interested in policy or a lawmaker (one oft does not beget the other) you ought to spend 10 minutes reading Sunday’s article. So what say you, O venerable readers of Peach Pundit?
Speaking of incentive programs… Atlanta looking to develop area around Turner Field (where there is a special taxation zone). While yes, much of that area probably should be developed, I’m not exactly sure another, fragmented and unconnected zone of any sort will be a net gain for Atlanta.
The Governor and First Lady unveiled the state’s official Christmas tree, which also served to re-instate Christmas tours of the Governor’s Mansion. Your intrepid correspondent is making plans to go on said tour. Stay tuned for more existing developments!
Proposed high-speed rail between Atlanta and Savannah doesn’t have a stop at Hartsfield. “ZZZZ! Wrong answer! That’s what the kids call ‘an epic fail.’”
It’s gonna be warm. Cool.
Elections in Brookhaven tomorrow. All I know is that they are happening. Anyone have any info to share?
The biggest news item in Georgia happened on Saturday, and not sure too many want to talk about it still.
It was a bad weekend for Georgia-based football teams. UGA…we know. Buzz’s Jackets lost to my Seminoles. The Emory–whatever they are–lost the DIII women’s soccer national championship (see what I did there). Georgia State seems to have been left off ESPN’s FCS playoff scoreboard. I’m sure they will rectify that error.
Speaking of which… the Panthers announced that Trent Miles, the former coach of the Indiana State Sycamores will replace Bill Curry. Reading the comments from the AJC article about his hiring was embarrassing. We’re a third-year program so we’re pretty limited with who we can hire first off. Most importantly, you want to hire someone who can build a program and by all accounts Miles did that. Now are there frankly frightening trends within the program? Yes. Is this one of them? No.
Really, how much like, actual news do you want to digest on Mondays? Everyone (except me) hates Mondays. Seriously, I legitimately like them. I really enjoy the routine of work, even if I hate having to to do so due to my inability to monetize hanging out, doing whatever I want and taking care of bonsai.
Polls show Obama has a smaller post-election bounce than usual. I have a theory that this is due to increased partisanship in the voting public but I can’t articulate my feelings so just accept that I’m correct…in the highly unlikely scenario you don’t already.
The more I read about San Fran, the more I am so unbelievably happy that I don’t live there. Like, if I had to chose between living in SFO or OTP…goodness. Wow. I mean both are part of the same layer of hell…