The National Bureau of Economic Research recently announced that the U.S. officially entered a recession in February 2020. Unprecedented levels of unemployment and declines in economic activity triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the economy’s 10-year period of expansion. With job prospects looking bleak for the near future, pursuing an advanced degree may become an attractive option for recent college graduates and those who find themselves unemployed.
(The Center Square) – Additional oversight may be on the way for an entertainment tax incentive program that costs Georgians millions of dollars.
ATLANTA -- This summer, Georgia Council for the Arts will make applications available for the Vibrant Communities Grant, which will support arts programs in Georgia counties that are not reached by funding provided through GCA’s FY '21 Partner, Project, or Arts Education Program Grants. The Vibrant Communities Grant may support all types of arts programs, including performances, exhibits, workshops, residencies, public art, readings, film screenings, or arts festivals, as well as programs provided online due to COVID-19.
ATHENS — The impact University of Georgia students have made on the state through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program can be measured in straightforward economic terms.
In early June, Massachusetts’s ban on flavored e-cigarette products went into effect. Massachusetts is the first state to prohibit the retail sale of flavored vaping products and flavored tobacco products like menthol cigarettes. While flavored e-cig use is still allowed in a handful of state licensed “smoking bars,” products in those establishments are hit with a whopping 75 percent excise tax.
(The Center Square) – The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, breaking a record that was set just in May. The unemployment rate dropped to 11.1 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor reported.
ALBANY — Gov. Brian Kemp offered Albany as “a good model for the entire state” in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday as he and State Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey brought their “Wear a Mask Tour” to Albany.
GRIFFIN — Do you have a small landscape, but want to add shrubs that will not overgrow the space? It is important to select plants that are suitable for the space and visually appealing.
(The Center Square) – A bill that would offer Georgia businesses legal protection from certain coronavirus-related lawsuits is on Gov. Brian Kemp's desk.
ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp signed House Bill 987, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Cooper, R — Marietta, and Sen. Brian Strickland, R — McDonough, into law Tuesday. Through collaboration with advocacy groups, industry representatives, and legislators, HB 987 provides greater protections for assisted living facility and personal care home residents, strengthens staffing requirements, and increases maximum fines for violations.
(The Center Square) – According to a new analysis by the National Education Association (NEA), “the nation stands to lose 1.89 million education jobs over the next three years,” and as a result, states need an additional $116.5 billion in bailout money from the federal government in addition to money they have already received through the CARES Act.
(The Center Square) – The federal unemployment insurance emergency payments of an additional $600 per week to those laid off because of COVID-19 restrictions discourages work and slows down economic recovery, several reports indicate. Several congressmen have introduced proposals to address the issue.