Be Sure to Connect with State and Federal Leaders in 2015
January 8, 2015
Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
With the beginning of the new year, it is time for the legislative machine to begin cranking up once again. We have a new General Assembly session that begins the second week of January and with it comes a need for ethics reform, funding for transportation, a good look at declining revenues for cities, counties and school systems and a litany of other issues that will rise to the surface over the next 40 legislative days.

Transportation Funding Can’t be at Expense of Local Priorities
December 30, 2014
Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
Soon, the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding will issue a report containing a number of funding options that if implemented, would help the state of Georgia raise additional funds to address its transportation needs. Although I served as a member of the Joint Study Committee, I could not sign the report for one simple reason: it includes language that suggests taking or restricting revenues that fund local priorities.

State-level Revenue Needed for Transportation
December 29, 2014
Robert Reichert, Mayor, Macon-Bibb County
My experience and familiarity with transportation leads me to believe that our failure to provide necessary transportation infrastructure funding is false economy. My opinion is shared by many who are currently serving in political office across this state; there is consensus on the need, the dilemma is finding the necessary funds today, to invest in our transportation infrastructure for tomorrow.

Reliable Data Equals Efficiency and Partnership In Good Government
November 7, 2014
Michael McPherson, GMA Governmental Relations Associate
Some cannot hear the term “government administration” without immediately associating the thought with wastefulness and inefficiency. Many truly believe that the services that local governments provide to their residents should be “run like a business.” But what does that mean exactly?

Cities Can Win When We Show Up and Pay Attention
November 6, 2014
Keith Brady, GMA President
Our call as city officials is to make decisions for the good of our city. It’s often an inward, narrowly focused activity. To be effective leaders, however, we don’t have the luxury of only focusing inward. We must be willing to look up, pay attention to what is going on around us and do what we must do to engage with those that have influence on how we conduct our business at home.

New Federal Water Legislation Benefits Both Georgia and Metro Atlanta
January 6, 2014
Boyd Austin, Mayor, Dallas, Georgia & Chair, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
With the anticipated passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), Georgians owe a debt of gratitude to our Congressional delegation. Our Senators and Representatives worked across party lines to help ensure Georgia’s continued economic development, balanced with the protection of our natural resources.

Leveling the Playing Field: Cities Support the Marketplace Fairness Act
July 9, 2013
Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) is currently being debated in our nation's capitol. The MFA would allow states that have a streamlined sales tax code, which Georgia has, to require online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on items purchased in Georgia.

Municipal Bond Issues: Not Just for Large Cities
June 6, 2013
Tony King, Kidwell & Company
Hundreds of small cities in Georgia are faced with the same dilemma: a capital project that they want to complete to make their community a better place to live.

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