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Georgia investigation forces Pennsylvania-based company to improve upkeep of Peach State cemeteries

(The Center Square) — A Pennsylvania-based company that maintains and operates more than 300 cemeteries nationwide will step up its upkeep of four Georgia cemeteries following a state probe. The state launched an investigation following complaints about seven Georgia cemeteries StoneMor Inc. operates. The state put four cemeteries on “conditional registration with heightened supervision” for two years, while relevant issues at the three other cemeteries were remedied. StoneMor will spend an additional $400,000 to maintain

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Georgia’s tax collections in April were up nearly 80% from year before

(The Center Square) — Georgia continues to see increased revenues, as the state’s net tax collections for April increased 78.9% over a year ago. The state took in more than $5 billion, an increase of $2.2 billion from a year ago. So far this year, net tax collections topped $27.5 billion, an increase of roughly 26.7%, or $5.8 billion, from last fiscal year. Officials say year-over-year comparisons of tax collections are difficult because of the

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Georgia Lottery amasses $367.2M in profits for last quarter

(The Center Square) — The Georgia Lottery brought in more than $367.2 million in profits during the third quarter of fiscal 2022, state officials said. For the first three quarters of fiscal 2022, between July 1, 2021, and March 31, the lottery transferred more than $1.1 billion to the state’s Lottery for Education Account. Since its inception, the lottery has transferred more than $24.6 billion to the state. “Our solid third-quarter performance is great news

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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’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

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Study gives New Jersey a failing grade for pandemic response

(The Center Square) – New Jersey ranked last for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis from the Committee To Unleash Prosperity. The group gave the Garden State an F-minus for its pandemic performance, tying New York and the District of Columbia. “Shutting down their economies and schools was by far the biggest mistake governors and state officials made during COVID, particularly in blue states,” CUP co-founder Stephen Moore said in