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Anatomy of a scam: How Ga. insurance commissioner allegedly ran con
 When Jim Beck ran to become Georgia’s insurance commissioner, he had help and support from Steve and Sonya McKaig. The McKaigs have deep roots in the insurance industry and were friends with Beck and his wife Lucy. The couples were close enough that the Becks accompanied the McKaigs to Italy in fall 2015 to celebrate Sonya McKaig&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

When Jim Beck ran to become Georgia’s insurance commissioner, he had help and support from Steve and Sonya McKaig. The McKaigs have deep roots in the insurance industry and were friends with Beck and his wife Lucy. The couples were close enough that the Becks accompanied the McKaigs to Italy in fall 2015 to celebrate Sonya McKaig&rsquo...
Georgia guaranteed lower interest rates to borrow $1 billion for construction projects
 The state is about to borrow almost $1 billion for construction and other long-term projects, and this week it got some good news about how much interest it will have to pay. Rating agencies once again liked what they saw in the state’s financial books and continued to give Georgia’s bonds a AAA rating. Nine states have such a...

Posted: 10 days ago

The state is about to borrow almost $1 billion for construction and other long-term projects, and this week it got some good news about how much interest it will have to pay. Rating agencies once again liked what they saw in the state’s financial books and continued to give Georgia’s bonds a AAA rating. Nine states have such a...
Doraville police chief to replace indicted Georgia commissioner
 Gov. Brian Kemp didn’t pick anyone from Georgia’s insurance industry or one of the usual partisans to replace suspended Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck a month after he was indicted by the federal goverment. Kemp said Wednesday that he wanted someone who could restore public trust in the Department of Insurance, which was rattled...

Posted: 11 days ago

Gov. Brian Kemp didn’t pick anyone from Georgia’s insurance industry or one of the usual partisans to replace suspended Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck a month after he was indicted by the federal goverment. Kemp said Wednesday that he wanted someone who could restore public trust in the Department of Insurance, which was rattled...
Group says Georgia is missing out on $750 million in internet taxes
 A new report says Georgia is losing big money because it is not collecting sales taxes from many online retailers, despite a new law that took effect this year mandating those companies pay up. The report by the Faith, Justice and Truth Project, an economic justice and education group, said Tuesday that the state is losing nearly $750 million...

Posted: 12 days ago

A new report says Georgia is losing big money because it is not collecting sales taxes from many online retailers, despite a new law that took effect this year mandating those companies pay up. The report by the Faith, Justice and Truth Project, an economic justice and education group, said Tuesday that the state is losing nearly $750 million...
Delta, other airlines see return of Georgia jet-fuel sales tax July 1
 The state Department of Revenue recently posted a friendly reminder to companies who fly the friendly skies that they’ll have to again pay sales taxes on jet fuel beginning July 1. That means jet-fuel users will be paying about $35 million a year in additional taxes. Delta Air Lines, the largest private employer in metro Atlanta, will...

Posted: 17 days ago

The state Department of Revenue recently posted a friendly reminder to companies who fly the friendly skies that they’ll have to again pay sales taxes on jet fuel beginning July 1. That means jet-fuel users will be paying about $35 million a year in additional taxes. Delta Air Lines, the largest private employer in metro Atlanta, will...
Broad Georgia ethics probe targets Abrams — and her backers
 The head of Georgia’s ethics commission has filed a spate of subpoenas targeting groups led by Stacey Abrams and the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, prompting criticism that he’s trying to exact political revenge against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s political opponents. The subpoenas obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

Posted: 26 days ago

The head of Georgia’s ethics commission has filed a spate of subpoenas targeting groups led by Stacey Abrams and the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, prompting criticism that he’s trying to exact political revenge against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s political opponents. The subpoenas obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Beck won office on borrowed money, his own that feds say was embezzled
 Jimmy Claude Beck Sr.’s first campaign report in February of 2018 showed he’d raised $1 million in a few months, and like most politicians would, he bragged about it in a press release, promising to be an insurance commissioner “who is accountable to the people of Georgia and not the special interests.” What the release...

12:00 AM Saturday, May. 18, 2019

Jimmy Claude Beck Sr.’s first campaign report in February of 2018 showed he’d raised $1 million in a few months, and like most politicians would, he bragged about it in a press release, promising to be an insurance commissioner “who is accountable to the people of Georgia and not the special interests.” What the release...
Georgia insurance chief Beck declares his innocence, is suspended from office following indictment
 Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck on Thursday declared his innocence but asked the governor to suspend him from office two days after federal prosecutors released a 38-count indictment accusing him of an elaborate scheme to steal $2 million from his former employer before winning the November election. Beck, a Republican, on Thursday...

6:26 PM Thursday, May. 16, 2019

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck on Thursday declared his innocence but asked the governor to suspend him from office two days after federal prosecutors released a 38-count indictment accusing him of an elaborate scheme to steal $2 million from his former employer before winning the November election. Beck, a Republican, on Thursday...
Georgia pension fund delays bill for money it says universities owe
 The board that runs Georgia’s massive teacher pension program voted Wednesday to begin billing the University System of Georgia about $180 million extra a year, money that state auditors said colleges had owed for more than a decade but never paid. The universities caught a break of sorts: The Teachers Retirement System board did not...

10:11 PM Wednesday, May. 15, 2019

The board that runs Georgia’s massive teacher pension program voted Wednesday to begin billing the University System of Georgia about $180 million extra a year, money that state auditors said colleges had owed for more than a decade but never paid. The universities caught a break of sorts: The Teachers Retirement System board did not...
Feds: Georgia insurance commissioner used fraud to fund campaign
 Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was accused Tuesday by a federal grand jury of stealing more than $2 million from his former employer.  The 38-count indictment charges Beck, an ex-insurance lobbyist and long-time leader of the Georgia Christian Coalition, with fraud and money laundering in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Georgia...

6:18 PM Tuesday, May. 14, 2019

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was accused Tuesday by a federal grand jury of stealing more than $2 million from his former employer.  The 38-count indictment charges Beck, an ex-insurance lobbyist and long-time leader of the Georgia Christian Coalition, with fraud and money laundering in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Georgia...
NEW FINDINGS: Georgia teacher pension board must decide if colleges owe millions
 Four months after state auditors said Georgia’s universities had been shortchanging the teacher pension fund, the retirement system’s board is considering whether to send the colleges a rather hefty bill. Teachers and retirees in the 400,000-member Teachers Retirement System have expressed outrage over the auditors’ findings...

4:07 PM Tuesday, May. 14, 2019

Four months after state auditors said Georgia’s universities had been shortchanging the teacher pension fund, the retirement system’s board is considering whether to send the colleges a rather hefty bill. Teachers and retirees in the 400,000-member Teachers Retirement System have expressed outrage over the auditors’ findings...
Kemp signs record budget with $3,000 raises for Georgia teachers
 The $3,000 pay raises that teachers were promised in January became official Friday, when Gov. Brian Kemp signed a record budget for the upcoming fiscal year in Camilla. Kemp approved the budget during a South Georgia tour, where he held bill signing events and attended an anti-gang roundtable discussion. The budget for fiscal 2020, which...

3:20 PM Friday, May. 10, 2019

The $3,000 pay raises that teachers were promised in January became official Friday, when Gov. Brian Kemp signed a record budget for the upcoming fiscal year in Camilla. Kemp approved the budget during a South Georgia tour, where he held bill signing events and attended an anti-gang roundtable discussion. The budget for fiscal 2020, which...
Legislative panel looks at options to boost Georgia lawmakers’ pensions
 State lawmakers haven’t seen much in the way of a pay raise in at least a decade, but they could see a boost in their pension under two bills that moved forward Monday. The biggest increase could go to House Speaker David Ralston — or any future speaker. The Senate Retirement Committee on Monday moved ahead with financial...

10:07 PM Monday, May. 06, 2019

State lawmakers haven’t seen much in the way of a pay raise in at least a decade, but they could see a boost in their pension under two bills that moved forward Monday. The biggest increase could go to House Speaker David Ralston — or any future speaker. The Senate Retirement Committee on Monday moved ahead with financial...
Georgia tax collections up 24 percent as income tax take surges
 Georgia tax collections were up dramatically in April as income tax money flowed into state coffers and consumers upped their spending. The 24.2 percent overall increase in April all but assured the state of meeting its budget for the fiscal year, which ends June 30 Tax collections had been off for three months before making a comeback in...

2:58 PM Monday, May. 06, 2019

Georgia tax collections were up dramatically in April as income tax money flowed into state coffers and consumers upped their spending. The 24.2 percent overall increase in April all but assured the state of meeting its budget for the fiscal year, which ends June 30 Tax collections had been off for three months before making a comeback in...
Georgia insurance commissioner makes educating consumers a priority
 Georgia consumers can now see how often complaints are filed against health insurers, compare more up-to-date auto coverage rates and review the Department of Insurance’s expenditures online. They could also eventually watch streamed public hearings when companies seek to jack up rates. Those are just a few of the changes Jim Beck has...

12:00 AM Monday, May. 06, 2019

Georgia consumers can now see how often complaints are filed against health insurers, compare more up-to-date auto coverage rates and review the Department of Insurance’s expenditures online. They could also eventually watch streamed public hearings when companies seek to jack up rates. Those are just a few of the changes Jim Beck has...
Big tab expected to fund pensions owed to retired Georgia teachers in the future
 Georgia lawmakers aim to keep a close eye on the state’s $78 billion pension system for teachers that educators say is vital for recruitment and retention and that some legislators call unsustainable. House members on Monday moved forward two bills aimed at making the system more financially stable and paying off the liability...

4:28 PM Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019

Georgia lawmakers aim to keep a close eye on the state’s $78 billion pension system for teachers that educators say is vital for recruitment and retention and that some legislators call unsustainable. House members on Monday moved forward two bills aimed at making the system more financially stable and paying off the liability...
Shoring up teacher pension system could cost Georgia big money
 Georgia lawmakers are moving forward with legislation they hope will put the state’s $78 billion pension system for teachers on more stable footing for the future. But to do so, the legislation the state House Retirement Committee moved on Monday could temporarily mean a much bigger taxpayer subsidy to the system, which provided pensions...

9:29 PM Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

Georgia lawmakers are moving forward with legislation they hope will put the state’s $78 billion pension system for teachers on more stable footing for the future. But to do so, the legislation the state House Retirement Committee moved on Monday could temporarily mean a much bigger taxpayer subsidy to the system, which provided pensions...
Georgia takes a small step toward restoring funding for halls of fame
 Nearly a decade ago the Great Recession and concerns about sparse attendance ended the state’s financial support for money-losing Georgia halls of fame. But the General Assembly this year — in a small way — put itself back into a business that used to cost millions of dollars a year. The lone survivor of the hall-of-fame...

11:00 AM Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

Nearly a decade ago the Great Recession and concerns about sparse attendance ended the state’s financial support for money-losing Georgia halls of fame. But the General Assembly this year — in a small way — put itself back into a business that used to cost millions of dollars a year. The lone survivor of the hall-of-fame...
Lobbyists spend more than $500K wining and dining Georgia lawmakers
 If any lawmakers went hungry on the final day of this year’s legislative session, or thirsty afterward, they can’t blame their friendly lobbyists. The lobby crowd at the Capitol spent almost $27,000 earlier this month providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and after-hours drinks to lawmakers and their staffs the day and night...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019

If any lawmakers went hungry on the final day of this year’s legislative session, or thirsty afterward, they can’t blame their friendly lobbyists. The lobby crowd at the Capitol spent almost $27,000 earlier this month providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and after-hours drinks to lawmakers and their staffs the day and night...
Big-money political donors in Georgia will be able to give even more
 For big-money donors in Georgia, political campaigns will get a little more expensive next year. The state ethics commission — formally known as the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission — raised the maximum campaign contribution limits by up to $1,000 for donors to most statewide candidates who make it...

11:30 AM Monday, Apr. 22, 2019

For big-money donors in Georgia, political campaigns will get a little more expensive next year. The state ethics commission — formally known as the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission — raised the maximum campaign contribution limits by up to $1,000 for donors to most statewide candidates who make it...
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