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Kemp Touts Tax Cuts and Economic Growth at Cobb Chamber

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 MDJ Script/ Top Stories for April 16th           

Publish Date:  April 16th          



From the Ingles Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast. 


Today is Tuesday, April 16th and Happy 76th Birthday to NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia. 

  1. Kemp Touts Tax Cuts and Economic Growth at Cobb Chamber
  2. Lake Acworth Declared Safe After Sewage Spill
  3. Gas Prices Continue to Rise in Georgia


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STORY 1: Kemp Touts Tax Cuts and Economic Growth at Cobb Chamber

Governor Brian Kemp celebrated legislative victories and economic achievements in a speech to the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, highlighting income tax cuts, upcoming sports events, and economic development projects. He praised Georgia's role as a global hub for sports and outlined investments in infrastructure, education, and public safety. However, some critics, like State Rep. Teri Anulewicz, raised concerns about gun safety and Medicaid expansion. Anulewicz also noted the absence of discussions on sports betting, which she believes could generate revenue for need-based HOPE scholarships. Despite criticisms, Cobb Chamber Chairman Mike Plant commended Kemp's leadership, while Cobb Chairwoman Lisa Cupid emphasized Cobb's interconnectedness with Georgia's success and anticipated continued growth.

STORY 2: Lake Acworth Declared Safe After Sewage Spill

Lake Acworth has resumed recreational activities following a sewage spill caused by a fallen tree damaging an above-ground sewage line on U.S. Army Corp of Engineers property. The spill, totaling under 10,000 gallons, didn't meet the criteria for a "major spill" as per Georgia Environmental Protection Division guidelines. Although some reported seeing a sheen on the water, survey crews determined it was caused by pollen and airborne particulates accumulating on the lake's surface.

STORY 3: Gas Prices Continue to Rise in Georgia

Gas prices in Georgia have surged, with residents now paying 10 cents more per gallon compared to last week and 17 cents more than last month, according to AAA. In Cobb, the average price per gallon stands at $3.47, slightly higher than the state average. Drivers across Georgia are facing a 60-cent increase compared to a year ago. This rise is attributed to factors including crude oil prices around $85 per barrel, high demand, and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. Despite the increase, Georgians are still paying about 20 cents less per gallon than the national average. AAA suggests several tips for drivers to save money at the pump, including shopping around for gas prices, enrolling in fuel savings programs, and maintaining their vehicles for better fuel economy.



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STORY 4: New Pathway Helps Disabled Residents Access Lake Allatoona

City officials in Acworth have introduced a new accessible pathway at Dallas Landing Park, aimed at easing access to Lake Allatoona for people with disabilities. The $15,000 "Mobi-Mat" pathway, a collaboration between the city and the Special Needs Development Group, replaces an aging concrete ramp. The pathway is weather-resistant, water-resistant, and durable, providing accessibility for wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers. The Special Needs Development Group funded the installation of the mat, emphasizing their commitment to improving life for everyone. Acworth officials and community members celebrated the pathway's unveiling, highlighting its significance in ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all residents and visitors. Allatoona Lake, a popular destination, is now more accessible, allowing individuals of all abilities to enjoy its beauty.

STORY 5: High Court Hears Cobb Commission Map Case Wednesday

The dispute over the Cobb Board of Commissioners' map is reaching a critical juncture as the Georgia Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments this week. The court will determine whether Chairwoman Lisa Cupid's "home rule" map or Governor Brian Kemp's approved map will prevail. The case arose when the commission adopted a map not endorsed by the Republican-controlled legislature, invoking constitutional home rule powers to do so. Judge Ann Harris previously ruled the county's map unconstitutional, but the county appealed. The outcome will impact upcoming elections, as candidates' qualifications are affected. The court's decision is eagerly awaited by all parties involved, with implications for future governance and electoral processes in Cobb County.


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STORY 6: Comparing Cobb and Gwinnett County Transit Tax Plans

This fall, voters in Gwinnett and Cobb County will decide on a one-cent sales tax proposal aimed at enhancing public transit. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has shed light on the transition from an initial interest in connecting with MARTA to adopting bus-centric strategies in both counties. A detailed comparison reveals that while both plans are funded through a one-cent sales tax, there are distinct differences in their approaches and allocations.

Cobb County's plan emphasizes Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) with six heavy lines and a significant investment in local buses and active transportation, totaling an estimated cost of $11 billion. In contrast, Gwinnett County focuses more on local bus services and microtransit, covering 27 zones, aiming for a more extensive transit network with a total cost of $17 billion. Both counties prioritize 100% service coverage across their territories, showcasing a commitment to comprehensive public transit development.

STORY 7: A Georgia First! Barber Students Win National Poison Prevention Video Competition

Barber Middle School students produced three videos for the National Poison Prevention Week video contest, aiming to educate about the dangers of poisoning and the importance of calling 1-800-222-1222 during a poison emergency. Their submission won the grand prize, marking the first time Georgia students have achieved this honor. Xenia Okonta, Sara Pilic, and Bailey Faulks were the award-winning producers, guided by their teacher Saundra Watts. They received $500 and a trip to Virginia for the awards ceremony. Watts emphasizes hands-on learning experiences to help students discover their strengths and apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations.


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