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Monty M. Veazey
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Veto sidetracks tax breaks for medical charities
By Andy Miller
May 14, 2013
Among Gov. Nathan Deal's five vetoes this year, probably the most surprising one targeted a bill that would have given sales tax breaks to charitable medical clinics, federally qualified health centers, food banks and other charities.
The measure, House Bill 193, had overwhelming legislative support. It passed the House unanimously during the 2013 legislative session, and the Senate approved it 52-2.
The legislation would have restored sales tax exemptions for community health centers and volunteer charity clinics - tax breaks that had sunset (expired automatically) in 2010. Other exemptions would have gone to food banks; hunger relief nonprofits; food donated for disaster relief; and for Goodwill.
If the bill had not been vetoed, medical and other supplies that these nonprofits buy would not have a sales tax imposed. The fiscal impact of the bill would have been a total of $9 million over three years in state and local tax revenue.
Deal's veto message on HB 193 notes that a 2010 tax reform council recommended that all non-government and non-business exemptions sunset so the Legislature can decide whether they justify being renewed.
Ga hospitals lining up to offer residencies
By Walter Jones
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ATLANTA - The number of hospitals willing to hire and instruct medical residents is growing, putting the state on the way to meeting its goal of 400 new positions, a Board of Regents committee learned Tuesday.Try unlimited access to our website, apps or e-edition for just 99¢
So far, five entities are in the process of creating local programs by hiring faculty and preparing to earn accreditation. Three more hospitals are close to committing to developing their own programs, and another four are beginning to consider it.
If all come on board, they could exceed the target.
The goal is to have more opportunities for newly graduated physicians at the expanded Georgia Regents University in Augusta and at the campus shared with the University of Georgia in Athens. Doctors are more likely to settle down near hospitals where they spend their residency, so state leaders hope to reduce Georgia's physician shortage by offering additional residency opportunities.
New Broadband Rules
By United States Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new rules to better target Community Connect broadband grants to areas where they are needed the most. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
"These rules give communities better access to the benefits that broadband service provides," Vilsack said. "The Obama Administration is working to ensure that rural residents share in the opportunities provided by modern Internet service."
USDA Rural Development's Community Connect Grant program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens.
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NOSORH Rural Health Leadership Institute in Louisville, Kentucky
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2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair
Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
August 23-25, 2013
Lake Lanier Islands Resort