Experts say Jason Carter's school funding model untested

...certain. No other state is using the exact model Carter has proposed, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But Alabama, Michigan and Utah split education funding from other expenses, and the three states are nowhere...

Augusta Canal | The Augusta Chronicle

...the Augusta Factory were the first of many factories that would eventually line the canal. In 1989, the Georgia State Legislature created the Augusta Canal Authority, the body that has jurisdiction over the canal today. In 1993, the authority...

Taxing their energy

...burdensome taxes on manufacturers will make it more difficult for companies to compete, expand and stay here.The state legislature voted to drop the tax statewide in 2012, and for good reason: As states compete for businesses and jobs, you put...

California becomes first state to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery, convenience stores

...how grocers can spend the proceeds from the fees.Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico also have pending legislation that would ban single-use bags, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Reporters show determination

...reporting more than five years ago on this issue that first brought it to your attention, which eventually led to the state Legislature's taking it up earlier this year.We keep an eye on the topics that are important, day in and day out, year after...

Georgia schools still in funding squeeze

...sufficient funding to meet schools' needs is more important than ever before.She said that change must come from the state Legislature and would not necessarily mean raising income taxes. She said finding additional revenue streams, like closing...

Fight for religious liberty is changing

...conservative leaders of major religious groups, especially when equal rights for gays and lesbians are at stake. In many state legislatures, bills on recognizing same-sex marriage have been held up over disagreements about the scope of the religious...

Abandoning beliefs dooms America

...The House of Representatives was popularly elected and served two-year terms. The Senate was elected by the state legislatures for six-year terms, and gave individual states a restraint on the House and the president. Congress created...

Sales tax holidays to open August in Georgia, South Carolina

...back-to-school sales-tax holiday will be Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3.The tax-free days, approved by the state Legislature, cover items such as clothing accessories hats, scarves, hosiery, handbags, footwear, and school supplies...

Georgia teachers not rushing for guns, despite new law

...least nine states passed bills in 2013 authorizing armed school personnel, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Other states had similar programs in place before that shooting. In 2014, at least 14 more states including...