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Monroe County Board of Commissioners Meeting Rescheduled

Monroe County Board of Commissioners Meeting Rescheduled

 

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners regular meeting scheduled for today, Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 3 at 10 a.m.

That's according to the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce release.

Monroe County January Unemployment Rates

Monroe County January Unemployment Rates

Monroe County's unemployment rate for January was 8.8 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.

Monroe County SPLOST Passes

Monroe County SPLOST Passes

The Monroe County SPLOST passes with 67% of the vote. 2826 voted yes, 1384 voted no.

Polls closed at 7 p.m.

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 Monroe County

'Super Tuesday' Voters Will Decide Questions in Monroe County

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

In Monroe County, people will decide whether to raise more than $30 million that will be split among the county and the cities of Forsyth and Culloden. Among other things, the money would pay for water and sewer improvements, road and bridge construction, library upgrades and a new emergency radio system.

Of course, voters everywhere in the state can vote on Georgia's Republican presidential primary, which includes Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum and several other candidates.

Senator Staton Honors Wesleyan College

Senator Staton Honors Wesleyan College

 

Sen. Cecil Staton serves as Senate Majority Whip.  He represents the 18th Senate District, which includes portions of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, and Monroe counties.

 Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon) presented Wesleyan College with Senate Resolution 797 in the Senate Chamber on Wednesday, commemorating their 175th Anniversary and the schools continued tradition of academic excellence. February 29, 2012, was also recognized as “Macon Day” at the State Capitol.

 “It was an honor to recognize Wesleyan College on their prestigious legacy in educating women,” said Sen. Staton. “Since its inception, Wesleyan College has educated some of Georgia’s best and brightest women and is one of middle Georgia’s finest institutions of higher learning.”

Lobbyists Spend Thousands on Midstate Lawmakers

Capitol lobbyists spent thousands of dollars on midstate lawmakers in 2011, and they're on pace to spend as much or more in 2012.

According to reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, lobbyists shelled almost $37,000 on 12 of Central Georgia's state legislators last year.

The reports reveal that lobbyists bought meals, sports tickets and lodging for the lawmakers. The reports also reveal that the more power a lawmaker has, the more money lobbyists spend on them.

When the General Assembly is in session, hundreds of lobbyists spend thousands of hours on the third floor halls near the House and Senate chambers.

Every day, lobbyists pull lawmakers aside to discuss pending bills, and as the transparency reports reveal, lobbyists open their wallets and pick up legislators' tabs on everything from baseball and football tickets to motel and food expenses.