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Sen. Isakson calls for revising budget process

Sen. Isakson calls for revising budget process

ATHENS, Ga. -- Sen. Johnny Isakson says changing the federal budget process would help hold down the national debt.

Isakson, R-Ga., spoke Thursday in Athens and warned that the government can't solve its problems just by eliminating discretionary spending.

He has co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to write budgets only in non-election years.

Isakson says the issues of Medicare and Social Security must be addressed. He says a means test is needed for Medicare, with wealthier retirees paying more than poorer ones.

He also wants the age for full Social Security retirement raised to 69 or 70.

He says Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled, should be turned over to the states.

Marketplace radio show to broadcast from WUGA

Marketplace radio show to broadcast from WUGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's public radio station, WUGA, will host the national broadcast of Marketplace next week.

Ethan Lindsey with American public media said the station was chosen because of the campus' location in Athens, a play on the name of the Greek capital in upheaval over the country's economic crisis. Lindsey said Monday night's broadcast will focus on how the Greek economic woes will affect the U.S. economy.

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal will broadcast live from the WUGA studios. The national show reaches about 9 million people each week and focuses on business, the economy and money as they affect people every day.

It's broadcast on more than 500 public radio stations across the country.

UGA to hold forum on economic crisis

UGA to hold forum on economic crisis

ATHENS, Ga. -- A panel of professor from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business plans to offer perspectives on the current economic crisis and what lies ahead.

"The Great Recession Three Years In" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Sanford Hall on UGA's campus.

Panelists will include macroeconomics experts William D. Lastrapes and George Selgin. They will share their views on why the economy has been slow to recover and describe what effect changes to public policy may have. They also will discuss recent Federal Reserve Board actions and the implications of the European debt crisis.

The forum will close with a question and answer session.

The event, which is sponsored by the UGA Economics Society, is free and open to the public.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

LOCAL PROFILE: Clayton County Commission Chairman, Eldrin Bell

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Eldrin Bell is a local legend in Atlanta local law enforcement and politics.

Recently, the Where U Live spoke with him about his history in Atlanta and his current position in Clayton County.

Obama campaign taps Ga. Democratic operative

Obama campaign taps Ga. Democratic operative

ATLANTA -- The man who orchestrated Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's campaign has been tapped to help President Barack Obama win the South in 2012.

A spokesman for Obama for America says Tharon Johnson has joined the campaign as the Southern regional director and will be "a key part to building the organization" in the area.

Obama did not win Georgia in 2008. The only Southern states he won were Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

Johnson, who ran Reed's 2009 campaign and later served as his senior adviser, also spearheaded campaigns for former Georgia Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond and U.S. Reps. John Barrow and John Lewis. He later worked for both congressmen.

Johnson was raised in Athens, Ga. and is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.