The Fire Service has historically been considered a “blue collar” pro¬fession. An old fire chief once told me that there were only two qualifi¬cations to be a firefighter back in the 40s and 50s: a strong back and a weak mind. He was joking of course, but there is some truth to that state¬ment
Every time a president begins his second term in office, talk turns to what his “legacy” will be. Pundits of all kinds will speculate on what his time in office meant to our country and the lasting impact he will have. Although most of us don’t face those same term limits, we should be mindful of the legacy we’re leaving in our cities and within GMA.
Finding sales tax data should be as easy as finding your pulse since sales tax trends are the economic pulse of your community. Checking, measuring and analyzing your pulse on a regular basis is a vital component of maintaining your health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.