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Sen. Cecil Staton: "Eliminating the 'Marriage Penalty on Georgia Families"

Sen. Cecil Staton: "Eliminating the 'Marriage Penalty on Georgia Families"

by Senator Cecil Staton

 

The landmark tax reform package passed during the 2012 legislative session has been touted as being good for business. Companies seeking to relocate or expand operations in Georgia will now be able to take advantage of several key incentives that reduce the corporate tax burden, promote industry growth and advance opportunity.

However, HB 386 is a bill that is also good for families. While the elimination of the vehicle ad valorem, or “birthday tax”, has received quite a bit of attention, there are several other components of the bill that will positively impact families. One in particular is the increased individual personal exemption for married couples who jointly file from $5,400 to $7,000—effectively removing the in-state “marriage penalty” for Georgians.

Old Clinton War Days Returns to Gray

Old Clinton War Days Returns to Gray

The  31st annual Old Clinton War Days will be held in Old Clinton, Georgia, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

 

Authentic camps open to the public beginning at 10:05 a.m. each day featuring period demonstrations and walking tours of the area. Food and hand crafted items will be available for purchase. A narration of battle history begins at 1:35 p.m. each day.

On Saturday, the Battle of Sunshine Church will be presented at 2:05 p.m., with the closing of the camp at 5:05 p.m. and a free memorial service at the Old Clinton Cemetery at 8:05 p.m.    

Sunday features an 11:05 a.m. church service at the McCarthy/Pope House and the Battle of Griswoldville at 2:05 p.m. followed by the closing of the camp at 4:05 p.m. 

Jones County January Unemployment Rate

Jones County January Unemployment Rate

Jones County's unemployment rate for January was 9.4 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

That's compared to metro Macon's 9.9 percent unemployment rate for January.

But that's still less than a year ago, at 10.5 percent.

Sam Hall with the Georgia Department of Labor says the increases should not be cause for concern because seasonal workers leaving temporary holiday jobs play a major factor in the variation.

He says the important thing is the rate is lower than it was last year.

Update from Bubber Epps

Update from Bubber Epps

 

Posted from the Jones County Gray Chamber of Commerce newsletter:

 

Dear Constituent,

 

 I am emailing to keep you informed of the current affairs in our state's legislature. As you know, political issues move quickly during session, so I wanted to make sure that I keep you informed about the issues concerning our state, our district, and your county.  

 

Legislative Update 02/24/12  

Jones County Election Results, Voter Turnout

Jones County Election Results, Voter Turnout

The bonds question passes with 213 votes. That's with 78% of the vote. River North community in Jones County voted on a special ballot question about paying more than $1 million in bonds to improve the water and sewer system.

22.23 percent of registered Jones County voters turned out for the presidential primary election.

Here's how Jones County voted in the presidential primaries:

Newt Gingrich: 1584
Ron Paul: 140
Mitt Romney: 598
Rick Santorum: 672

 

See Who Your Neighbors Support with Campaign Donations

See Who Your Neighbors Support with Campaign Donations

See who in your area donated to whose presidential campaign by zipcode on the Federal Election Commission website.

Click here to see the 2012 Election Campaign Finances. You can search by zipcode in Georgia.

'Super Tuesday' Voters Will Decide Questions in Jones County

'Super Tuesday' Voters Will Decide Questions in Jones County

Gingrich, Paul, Santorum and Romney won't be the only choices here in Central Georgia on March 6, Super Tuesday.

If you live in Jones County's River North community, there's a special ballot question paying for more than a $1 million in bonds to improve their water and sewer system.

River North is a special tax district and only the people who live there will vote on the bonds.