kegrain 
Member since Feb 2, 2012

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Re: “Mimosas and Marsy’s Law: A voting guide to the ballot questions this year

I'm afraid Orlando Montoya has his facts wrong regarding Amendment #1. This Amendment does ensure that the funds will be spent as spelled out in the enabling legislation which you can read right here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/leg.../en-US/Displ…. There are trust funds in existence right now that do not receive all the funding that is collected for them, but those so-called dedicated funds are treated this way because the Georgia constitution requires that all tax money go into the general fund to be appropriated by the General Assembly which is free to allocate the money elsewhere. The only way to overrule this situation is with a constitutional amendment like this one. That's why this is on the ballot. Also, it's important to understand that if all the funds are not expended in a particular fiscal year they roll over in the fund and are available the following year. The funds can never be used for a purpose other than the one for which they were dedicated. The fund begins at 40% of the sales taxes collected on sporting goods. This year that would have amounted to approximately $22M. The General Assembly can raise the rate as high as 80% if the funds are producing the desired results.

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Posted by kegrain on 10/22/2018 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Lessons from Columbus, GA

What is the latest news on the Truman Linear Parkway? Haven't heard much about it since it since it was put on hold about a year ago.

Posted by kegrain on 10/30/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “The Veep came to town and I didn't even get a T-shirt

Thanks for writing this and for pointing out that a huge amount of the cost of SHEP is to mitigate the environmental damage. I'm also glad that you pointed out that Biden gave the same speech in Charleston which may or may not indicate to your readers that there exists no national strategy for port development. A leadership void on this issue is causing Congress to consider throwing federal money around willy-nilly to deepen every port that asks instead of evaluating the entire goods movement system to rationally determine where it is most appropriate to dredge deeper ports.

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Posted by kegrain on 09/25/2013 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Ga. Power monopoly bad for citizens

It wouldn't hurt to take a very close look at how the German parliament empowered the German people to invest in renewable energy despite the resistance of the energy companies by passing the Law for the Priority of Renewable Energy. The German law eliminated with the stroke of a pen the impediments which are stopping people in Georgia from benefiting from abundant, clean, affordable renewable energy.

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Posted by Karen Grainey on 12/13/2012 at 8:54 PM

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