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December 08, 2012 12:38 AM | 532 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Deal announces new green power plant

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced Dublin-based Green Power Solutions will open a plant in Laurens County.

Officials say the facility will be located on the site of an existing paper mill, and the move will create 35 new jobs.

Officials say the power plant will provide steam for the paper mill’s day to day operations, and will sell excess power to Georgia Power Co. under a 20-year purchase agreement.

Construction is slated to begin in May of 2013 and the commercial power plant is set to open in 2015.

GDOT reports 14 projects

ATLANTA — Georgia transportation officials have announced $43 million for 14 projects across the state.

Department of Transportation officials say five new or rebuilt bridges are among the projects, part of an effort to improve the safety and functionality of bridges in the state.

The bridge projects include: widening the Lee Road bridge over Interstate 20 in Douglas County to four lanes; replacing two bridges on Brown Avenue on the southwest side of Columbus; and building a new State Route 92 bridge over the Flint River between Fayette and Spalding counties.

Transportation Board Chairman Johnny Floyd says the state has about 14,000 bridges and culverts.

Construction details and lane closure schedules on all projects will be announced before work begins.

Price for I-85 toll lanes soars

ATLANTA — The cost to use interstate toll roads in metro Atlanta, which has been steadily rising in recent months, has hit a new record.

WSB-TV reports that motorists during Friday morning’s rush hour paid a record $6.35 to use the lanes.

Rates for the so-called HOT lanes on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta have increased in the past year, from $4.70 in February to $5 in April and now well over $6 some days.

Authorities with the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority say prices rise and fall throughout the day, depending on traffic volumes.

Tax revenues down from ’11

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Revenue reports state tax collections in November were down 1.1 percent from the same month a year ago. Total state revenues for the month were down by a slightly lower 0.7 percent.

That reverses an upward trend send for most of the fiscal year that began July 1.

Individual income taxes are still exceeding their 2011 levels, but corporate income tax saw a significant drop compared to last year. Both figures had been strong in previous months.

Despite the holiday shopping season, sales taxes were down in November.

Even with the November dip, total tax receipts through the first five months of the fiscal year are up 3.3 percent, while total revenues are up 3.7 percent.
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