Thursday, March 28, 2013
The FAA announced the date the Lawrenceville airport tower will close due to budget cuts.
Sunday, May 5th will be the last day of operations for the control tower at Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field. Earlier in the month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the Gwinnett County airport tower will be one of the 149 to close starting April 7th. On Wednesday, the FAA released a list of closure dates for the airports. The towers at Kennesaw's McCollum Field and the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany are also set to close on May 5th. Athens-Ben Epps Airport's tower will cease operations on April 21st. The closures are in an attempt to cut $637 million dollars from the FAA's budget. Read the complete story on Lawrenceville Patch.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Georgia Department of Labor sent out a notice advising that it has received notification from the U.S. to reduce Extended Unemployment Benefits by 10.7 percent, effective March 31.
Tuesday, March 5
The Georgia Department of Labor sent out a press release Monday informing the public that thousands of jobless workers in Georgia receiving federal Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) can expect a cut in those benefits effective from March 31. Federal sequestration is the reason for the cuts, according to the release. EUC is a federally funded benefit for long-term unemployed workers who have exhausted regular state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. According to the release, GDOL has been told by the U.S. Department of Labor to reduce EUC benefits by 10.7 percent effective from the week beginning March 31. There are reportedly 61,360 recipients of EUC in Georgia. The maximum weekly benefit currently is $330 and the average is $260…
Friday, March 1, 2013
The pending federal cuts, also known as sequestration, are set to take effect March 1.
The impending loss of millions of dollars due to federal budget cuts was on the minds of Gwinnett County school board members during their monthly business meeting Thursday in Suwanee. In a statement earlier this week, GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, said the cuts would cost the district approximately $3.4 million, including Title I monies and allocations for special education. It is uncertain when exactly the cuts, scheduled to take effect March 1, will be felt by the public. But, the first nationwide impact could be felt Monday as furlough notices are sent out, according to ABC News. On Feb. 28, board members also weighed in about the sequestration, and other budget cuts. "We're fine. We'll weather this just like we weathered …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Georgia Fair Share presented U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall with a banner signed by Gwinnett citizens. Watch the video of the group presenting the petition to Woodall's office in Lawrenceville, Ga.
With the clock ticking in Washington, D.C., protesters held a rally Wednesday (February 27) in Gwinnett County asking Congress to reach a deal before drastic budget cuts -- referred to as the federal "sequester" -- go into effect on Friday, March 1. The group Georgia Fair Share gathered outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, Ga., holding up a 35-foot banner. The banner was made up of dozens of pages of signatures from concerned Gwinnett citizens. They then rolled up the banner, walked to Congressman Rob Woodall's office, and delivered the petition. Georgia Fair Share is asking Woodall and Congress to prevent the sequester by closing corporate tax loopholes and ending outdated subsidies. Read the complete …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The White House has released a state-by-state breakdown of what the budget cuts could mean. In Gwinnett County, school district officials say it means losing critical dollars for Title I programs.
Gwinnett County Public Schools officials have released a statement regarding the impending across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration. In the statement, GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, said the cuts would cost the state's largest school district approximately $3.4 million, Title I monies, and allocations for special education. (Read the full statement below.) Earlier this month, board members Carole Boyce and Mary Kay Murphy traveled to Washington, D.C., to fight the budget cuts. And, now the White House has released a breakdown showing that teacher jobs and funding to education children with disabilities will be hampered. The cuts are slated to take effect Friday, March 1. In Georgia, according to the White House…