State Rep. David Knight had a triumphant look Friday when talking about his quest for more oversight and restrictions on the PBM industry. Pharmacy Benefit Managers are basically corporate middlemen between health insurers or large employers and drugmakers in handling
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A key Georgia House committee approved a 7% tax on vaping products Wednesday but declined to take on a hike in tobacco taxes. Vaping products could be taxed at as much as 7% of the wholesale price, depending on the
A state representative from Sandy Springs joined a colleague in suggesting Georgia should increase the cigarette tax to help cover a $3.5 billion budget shortfall that could cause at least 1,000 layoffs and an equal number of furloughed workers. Rep.
‘Cautiously optimistic but realistically pessimistic’: Georgia colleges prepare for unknowns of fall semester
Colleges across Georgia have assembled planning teams for what they say will be a return to in-person classes this fall after an abrupt switch to distance education in March to limit the novel coronavirus pandemic. Faced with changing data and
While Georgia’s Department of Public Health is battling the coronavirus pandemic, its leaders say it will have to furlough staffers — including those working in infectious disease control and epidemiology — one day a month to meet state-mandated spending cuts.
Georgia Can’t Afford Another Lost Decade: Options to Increase State Revenues to Close Budget Shortfalls
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia is facing an economic and fiscal crisis that threatens the state’s ability to fund critically needed programs and services. A state budget shortfall of $3 to $4 billion is projected in fiscal
Georgia lawmakers due to reconvene the 2020 legislative session next month face a daunting task: plugging a projected budget shortfall of $3 billion to $4 billion inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s a different world than it was three or
State agencies in Georgia are being asked to cut up to $3.8 billion from their budgets to absorb the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The deep cuts to Georgia’s roughly $27.5 billion original 2020 fiscal year budget lawmakers
State agencies were told Friday they should plan on cutting more than $3.5 billion from their budgets in the upcoming fiscal year, a move that could bring furloughs and layoffs among Georgia’s 200,000 teachers and state employees. […] Danny Kanso,
Is an increase in Georgia’s “tobacco tax” the answer to reducing smoking rates as well as tobacco-related health care expenses? GBPI’s Laura Harker joined Closer Look with Rose Scott to discuss her report that said a raise in Georgia’s tobacco excise tax