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Dave Williams

Dave Williams

Dave Williams, Bureau Chief, Capitol Beat Nes Service, has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1999 and for several years before that, covered Georgia’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. He began his career in radio news in Florida and Upstate New York.

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Recent Work by Dave

State hires literacy coach to lead statewide initiative

State hires literacy coach to lead statewide initiative

As the new structured literacy coaching coordinator, J. Nicholas Philmon will contract with the state agency to build the capacity of schools and districts to deliver proven, nationally recognized training in structured literacy and the science of reading.
Georgia PSC approves agreement on Plant Vogtle costs

Georgia PSC approves agreement on Plant Vogtle costs

The first of the new reactor units at the plant south of Augusta went into service at the end of July. The second is due to follow by the end of March. The project will increase the average residential customer's bill by $8.95 per month.
Georgia economy headed for ‘soft landing’ in 2024

Georgia economy headed for ‘soft landing’ in 2024

The economic growth Georgia experienced this year will slow down in 2024 but not enough to cause a recession. Inflation, which hit 8% last year, will be cut in half to 4% and is predicted to continue to fall to 2.5% by the end of 2024.
New grants awarded to explore more passenger rail in Georgia

New grants awarded to explore more passenger rail in Georgia

The Federal Rail Administration has awarded $1.5 million in grants to explore linking Atlanta with Savannah; Charlotte, N.C.; and Chattanooga, Tenn. The grants are part of $8.2 billion in new funding for passenger rail projects announced last week.
Fayette County lands U.S. Soccer training center

Fayette County lands U.S. Soccer training center

The new facility will serve as the national center for training and competition of all 27 U.S. Soccer men's, women's, youth, and extended national teams; the development of youth players; and coaching and referee training. Fayette County is south of Atlanta.
Kemp wants to accelerate state income tax cuts

Kemp wants to accelerate state income tax cuts

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget estimates accelerating the tax cuts would save taxpayers $1.1 billion during the tax year starting Jan. 1.
Lawmakers call for more investment in public fishing areas

Lawmakers call for more investment in public fishing areas

To make fishers less tempted to trespass, the panel recommended additional investment in the state’s public fishing areas. The committee’s report acknowledges the growth of fishing in Georgia, particularly in the trout streams of the North Georgia mountains.
Georgia again collecting gasoline tax

Georgia again collecting gasoline tax

The Department of Revenue will resume collecting 29 cents per gallon from motorists.
Respiratory virus outlook in Georgia encouraging

Respiratory virus outlook in Georgia encouraging

Accordng to the Georgia Board of Public Health, deaths and hospitalizations from COVID are as low as they’ve been since the pandemic began in early 2020, due both to the availability of vaccines and the widespread immunity Georgians have acquired during the pandemic years. Cases of flu in Georgia are starting to rise but only account for 4% of outpatient doctor visits.
Georgia Council on Literacy tackling tough challenge head-on

Georgia Council on Literacy tackling tough challenge head-on

The Georgia Council on Literacy held its second meeting this week on the campus of Kennesaw State University. Georgia’s low literacy rate can be fixed, they say, despite the dismal statistics currently plaguing the state.
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