TAG Capitol Update: September 2015

September 2015

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


TAG Casino Night 

Join TAG September 24th at 6:00pm for a Casino Night to benefit the TAG PAC. We'll have roulette, poker and more to keep you moving throughout the night. Participants will receive funny money at registration in the denominations listed in the below link and will receive playing chips from your dealer when you step up your table of choice and pay with your funny money. Need a little help with the game? The highly experienced dealers will guide you through all of the options of play and the best strategies for play.

 

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Cyber Security Study Committee

 

TAG is working with State Senators/Representatives Science & Technology Committees to have 2 Study Committee meetings in Georgia to educate and determine how Georgia can best position itself to help foster the Cyber Industry. The first committee meeting will be hosted by Fort Gordon focusing on Federal and State Government cyber security practices/technologies. The second committee meeting is oriented around what is going on in the industry and opportunities to build the cyber security industry in Georgia. 

 

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Governor honored & Winners Announced at the 4th Annual STEM Awards  

 

TAG and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) are proud to announce the 2015 STEM Education award winners.  These awards were created to recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia. Governor Deal served as the lunchtime keynote presenter and received the STEM Champion Award for his focus on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in education. In 2014, he launched the Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship and dedicated 50% of state funds to education every year he’s been in office. To view the list of 2015 winners, click read more.

 

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Speaker David Ralston Presents New Committee Assignments

 

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston announced that Rep. Brett Harrell of Snellville has been named Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee, and announced committee assignments for several newly elected House members. Click the read more link to view the new House members' committee assignments. 

 

  

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Bond Rating and Future Expenditures Are Reasons to Be Cautious With Tax Reform, Says Gov. Deal

 

Over the weekend, Walter Jones wrote a long story for Morris News on the potential risks of moving to a sales tax and reducing or phasing out the state’s income tax. The idea has drawn a lot of support here in the state where John Linder and his successor Rob Woodall have sponsored the federal version, H.R. 25, also known as the FairTax. Georgians look to no income tax Florida to our south, and to Tennessee to our north, which only taxes interest and dividend income and wonder why the same thing can’t be done here. Click the link below for more details. 

 

  

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Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015  

 

The Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015, sponsored by Representative Kevin Tanner (Dawsonville), revises the amount and training requirements of the adult basic skills education program tax credit for employers who help employees get their GED.  The law took effect May 1, 2015.  It increases the current tax credit of $150 per employee to a possible $1,200 for each employee that completes the required training classes and successfully passes the skills education test.

  

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White House Wants Agencies to Prioritize Emerging Tech in Next Year’s Budget


According to David Logsdon with CompTIA, the White House plans to prioritize emerging technology and big data in the fiscal year 2017 budget, according to a memorandum published two months ago. When submitting budget requests to the Office of Management and Budget, federal agencies should "prioritize investments in enabling technologies that benefit multiple sectors of the economy, such as nanotechnology, robotics, the Materials Genome Initiative, and cyber-physical systems and their application to smart cities,” the memo said. General topics mentioned in the memo include "advanced manufacturing and industries of the future," and "information technology and high-performance computing," in addition to other science-related subjects such as climate change.

  

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In This Issue

State:


TAG Casino Night

Cyber Security Study Committee

Governor Honored & Winners Announced at the 4th Annual STEM Awards 

Speaker David Ralston Presents New Committee Assignments

 

Bond Rating and Future Expenditures Are Reasons to Be Cautious With Tax Reform, Says Gov. Deal

Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015  

 


 Federal:

White House Wants Agencies to Prioritize Emerging Tech in Next Year’s Budget

 

TAG Capitol Contacts


Tino Mantella

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


Heather Maxfield
Vice President, Government Relations & Statewide
Heather@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2022


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

 

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