November 8, 2012
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal
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Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of July totaled $1.41 billion for an increase of $88.5 million, or 6.7 percent, compared to the month-ended July 2012. Gross tax revenue deposits for the month totaled $1.85 billion, an increase of $70.5 million or 4 percent compared to last fiscal year.
State tax revenues jumped $37 million in June over the same month in 2012.
The governor has signed Senate Bill 24, which allows the state Department of Community Health to set hospital provider fee rates that are used to generate matching funds for federal Medicaid funds that are critical to the survival of a number of Georgia hospitals.
State officials say increases in Georgia Lottery revenues are allowing them to phase back some previous HOPE standards.
Deal launches defense initiative
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday a comprehensive assessment of economic development opportunities at Georgia’s military base establishments and their surrounding communities as part of his ongoing effort to grow Georgia’s economy through job creation.
Georgia will not create the health insurance exchanges required under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and will leave that task to federal authorities, Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday.
A day after Barack Obama's re-election, Gov. Nathan Deal suggested that he will not implement a Georgia health insurance exchange as part of the 2010 federal health care overhaul that ranks as the president's signature legislative achievement.