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Georgia DOT awards $199M in projects, but rising costs could squelch future construction

(The Center Square) — The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded another $199 million in June for road projects statewide, but state officials warned that road project costs are increasing. The state allocated the money to 37 projects across The Peach State. The board considered 53 projects in June and rejected 12; four others were withdrawn. During the July State Transportation Board meeting, GDOT officials said they are seeing a roughly 33% increase in the bid

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Republican governors call Democrat spending bill ‘reckless’

(The Center Square) – Twenty-one Republican governors called the Inflation Reduction Act “another reckless tax and spending spree” in a joint statement released Thursday. The legislation, dubbed the “Democrats spending bill” by Republicans, would reduce the federal deficit, Senate Democrats said in a summary. But the $740 billion bill would hurt all Americans, the Republican governors said. “While denying recession, Democrats want to raise taxes on businesses and manufacturers, which will force higher costs onto

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Georgia cities such as Atlanta using COVID-19 relief funds to pay retention bonuses

(The Center Square) — Local governments across Georgia are doling out federal COVID relief money to government employees as retention bonuses. In March 2021, the U.S. Treasury Department said the federal dollars were primarily intended to help governments “continue to support the public health response and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable economic recovery.” A subsequent Treasury Department rule expanded how governments could use the money, including giving “premium pay for essential workers.”

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Kemp signs order to maintain moratorium on Georgia’s gasoline tax that expires on Sept. 12

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order to extend a suspension of the state’s excise tax on motor fuel sales, which was set to expire next week. The motor fuel order also applies to locomotive fuel, and the governor also renewed a state of emergency for supply chain disruptions. Both orders run through Sept. 12. “With 40-year high inflation, gas prices that are still far too high, and supply chains

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Kemp to extend Georgia’s gas tax moratorium, possibly for another month

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is poised to extend the state’s moratorium on its gas tax, The Center Square has confirmed. Kemp, a Republican, is set to announce the extension on Wednesday, possibly for another month. A current gas tax suspension expires on Aug. 13. The news comes as gas prices in Georgia continue to drop but remain higher than they were a year ago. This week, AAA said the average price

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Gas prices falling in Georgia, but are still higher than the same time last year

(The Center Square) — Georgia motorists continue to see a bit of relief as gas prices drop, but they remain higher than a year ago. In Georgia, a gallon of regular unleaded gas averages $3.77, according to AAA. While the average is 13 cents less than a week ago and 59 cents less than a month ago, it is 81 cents higher than last year. According to AAA, Georgia motorists will pay $56.55 to fill