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Georgia’s Kemp says four bills he signed will strengthen and enhance state’s workforce

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed four bills he says will strengthen and enhance the state’s workforce. “As Georgia continues to lead in the Great Recovery, we should not rest on our laurels,” Kemp said in an announcement. “…Job creators tell us all the time they come to the Peach State because they know we have the skilled workers who can get the job done. All four of these bills will help

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Georgia’s Warnock wants explanation on ‘fresh start’ plan for student loan borrowers

(The Center Square) — U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Georgia, wants the U.S. Department of Education to explain how it plans to implement its “fresh start” plan for borrowers in default on their student loans. In April, the education department extended the pause on federal student loan repayments to Aug 31. Warnock joined several of his colleagues, including U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, in a letter to the education department. “This pause

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Georgia’s Kemp signs into law several education-related bills, including ‘divisive concepts’ ban

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a series of bills he says will protect students and increase transparency, but critics derided the measures as unnecessary. The bills included House Bill 1084, which bans schools from teaching so-called “divisive concepts.” It would also allow the Georgia High School Association to issue regulations that would prohibit those born as males from playing women’s sports. Another high-profile measure, HB 1178, creates a so-called Parents’ Bill

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Jack Link’s plan to invest in $450M snack meat production facility in Georgia

(The Center Square) — Jack Link’s plans to invest $450 million in a new manufacturing facility in Perry that will create 800 jobs. The company is building a snack meat production plant on a 120-acre Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development certified site near Interstate 75 in Houston County. Officials said it would be operational by the end of 2023. According to published reports, this will be the company’s largest production facility. The protein snack producer

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Georgia’s Kemp signs into law seven law enforcement-related bills

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed seven bills he says will support law enforcement officers throughout Georgia and toughen penalties for criminals. “Every single criminal in Georgia is on notice; they will find nothing but trouble and punishment in our state,” Kemp said during remarks before signing House bills 1134,1188, 1216 and 1441 and Senate bills 84, 358 and 479. HB 1134 paves the way for a gang prosecution unit within the

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Georgia officials won’t reveal business development incentives said to be ‘in progress’

(The Center Square) — Georgia officials have lauded the decisions of companies to either relocate their headquarters or expand their operations in Georgia. Whether the state of Georgia offered tax incentives to those companies is a closely-guarded secret, and taxpayers will not know until the state says the project is complete and no longer “in progress.” Earlier this month, state officials announced Norma Precision Ammunition, a subsidiary of Swiss-based ammunition manufacturer RUAG Ammotec, established its

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Kemp creates commission to find solutions to Georgia’s healthcare worker shortage

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order to create a special commission to examine how to fix the state’s healthcare worker shortage. The 15-member Healthcare Workforce Commission must report its findings to the governor by the end of the year. Recommendations could include loan forgiveness programs, expanding education programs or technology investments. Georgia, like other states, is facing a shortage of healthcare workers, including nurses, physicians and emergency medical personnel.

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Georgia’s Kemp joins more than two dozen other governors in crackdown on border-related crime

(The Center Square) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has joined the governors of more than two dozen states to create a task force to crack down on transnational criminal organizations. The American Governors’ Border Strike Force will work to disrupt and dismantle cartels. As part of the effort, states will increase their collaboration, fight human smuggling and work to stop the drug flow. “What happens at our nation’s southern border impacts every single community in