TAG Capitol Update: October 2014

October 2014

      

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


Governor Nathan Deal: Expands Strategic Industries Grant to Four Additional Areas

 

Gov. Nathan Deal announced his proposal September 18th to expand Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Grants (SIWG) to include four additional areas of study in high demand computer programming, certified engineering technician, film/set design, and precision manufacturing. The plan builds on an earlier initiative that provides full technical college tuition for students in seven critical-need fields of study.

 

  

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Save the Date for TAG's Legislative Roundtable

 

Save the date for TAG's upcoming legislative roundtable November 12th at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Topics include Unmanned Vehicles Systems, Post Production, Education and Workforce Development, and Disruptive Technologies. Immediately following TAG's legislative roundtable, the House Study Committee on Autonomous Vehicle Technology will have their third and final meeting at GTRI. 

  

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Augusta & Athens Town Hall Meetings

 

Positive growth in Georgia cannot be accomplished without the voices of leaders in government, the science & technology industry, and the general public. Please join TAG on October 8th for Augusta & October 14th for Athens town hall meetings to discuss the past legislative session and potential technology policies for the upcoming session. 

 

  

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TAG Whitepaper Draft -- Post Production Tax Credit

 

TAG is working with the Georgia Chamber on a Post-Production Tax Credit. The Chamber is currently working on the cap,  refundable percentage, and projected revenue numbers for the tax credit. The primary objective of the post production tax credit is to encourage projects and companies to relocate to Georgia. Georgia's Film Tax Credit has been very successful, but after the filming is complete the individuals and jobs leave Georgia. Alongside the film tax credit, a post production tax credit will bring more sustainable higher paying jobs that will stay here in Georgia. 

 

  

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Legislator Spotlight: Senator Judson Hill

 

TAG aims the spotlight at Senator Judson Hill for his leadership & dedication to Georgia's healthcare and entrepreneurial economy. Senator Hill was first elected to the Georgia Senate in 2004 by almost 75 percent of the vote to represent District 32, which includes East Cobb County and a portion of Sandy Springs in Fulton County. Senator Hill currently serves as the Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Legislative Federal and State Healthcare Financing Overview Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Insurance and Labor, Rules, Health and Human Services, and Regulated Industries and Utilities Committees. 

 

  

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Contribute To TAG PAC

 

TAG PAC, the state level political action committee, is the vehicle for technology leaders to financially support state level candidacies of men and women who understand and support issues important to the technology industry.  

 

  

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Congress Extends Internet Tax Freedom Act Temporarily 

 

Congress has recently voted to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) until December 11th, as the Senate continues to deliberate. It was set to expire on November 1st. However, in the Senate, progress stalled over attempts to tie the more controversial Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) to the ITFA. Proponents of the MFA had hoped that it could be included in the same bill as the ITFA, to gain a higher chance of passing.

 

  

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Senate Reauthorizes Export-Import Bank's Charter

 

Congress has reauthorized an extension of the Export-Import Bank's Charter until June 30, 2015. Continuing to provide credit and insurance to American companies to help them sell products abroad. 

 

  

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces FAA Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production

 

U.S. Secretary Foxx announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System. 

 

  

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In This Issue

State:

Governor Nathan Deal: Expands Strategic Industries Grant to Four Additional Areas

Save the Date for TAG's Legislative Roundtable

Augusta & Athens Town Hall Meetings

TAG Whitepaper DRAFT -- Post Production Tax Credit

Legislator Spotlight: Senator Judson Hill

Contribute to TAG PAC    


Federal:

Congress Extends Internet Tax Freedom Act Temporarily

Senate Reauthorizes Export-Import Bank's Charter

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces FAA Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production

 

Important Events

Town Hall Meetings:

Augusta
October 8, 2014
Athens
October 14, 2014

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TAG Legislative Roundtable
November 12, 2014
GTRI - Auditorium
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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TAG High-Tech Day

February 25, 2015
State Capitol - Empire Room
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

More Info

 

TAG Capitol Contacts


Tino Mantella

President & CEO
Tino@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2027


Heather Miner
Senior Director of Government Relations & Statewide
Heather@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2022


Joseph Santoro
Associate Director of External Affairs
Joseph@tagonline.org
(404) 526 - 6049

 

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