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Georgia Lottery sales falling short

ATLANTA -- Turns out the budget for education expenses was richer than reality.

The Governor's Office says lottery revenues continue to fall short of expected revenue despite that fact that ticket sales are up in the first quarter of this year.

"We budgeted more revenue than we are now expecting to receive," said Governor Nathan Deal's spokesman, Brian Robinson. "We budgeted $903 million in the fiscal year 2012 budget. Fiscal year 2011 lottery deposits to education were $846 million."

11Alive started digging into lottery revenue because of cuts to the Pre-K program. $54 million was cut to make up for falling lottery tickets sales in fiscal year 2011, which ended in June. That caused an exodus of experienced educators from the program.

So how did we get here?

Things started going in the wrong direction in the fiscal year of 2011: Total revenue: $3,597,222,000, down $48,175,000 from the year before, or 1 percent.

Georgia per capita income hit $34,800 last year

Georgia per capita income hit $34,800 last year

ATLANTA -- Georgia ranks 21st among the states for per capita income growth over the past 35 years, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The Peach State's annual PCI growth rate was 5.61 percent from 1975 to 2010. PCI was $5,157 in 1975, compared with $34,800 in 2010.

In terms of total personal income (TPI), Georgia's growth rate was 7.59 percent. The TPI in 1975 was $26 billion, compared with $338 billion in 2010.

PCI is the average amount of money earned by a single person in a given year, while TPI is the sum earned by all people.

Local Businesses Sponsor a Dog Wash & Pet Parade

Local Businesses Sponsor a Dog Wash & Pet Parade


October 1, 2011-  While lots of groups have car washes to earn money for their team or organization, Bowen’s Tae Kwon Do Academy had a different idea- A Dog Wash and Pet Parade! Yes, you read that correctly!  Who doesn’t want a clean smelling dog, right?  That is what the instructor team at Bowen’s Tae Kwon Do thought, so with a few weeks to plan, lots of excitement and enthusiasm, they were off and running! 

Shopping center neighbor and good friend of Bowen’s TKD Academy, Maximum Nutrition, wanted to join the fun.  Maximum Nutrition co-owner, Rhianna Bailey has an open dog policy at her nutritional supplement shop nicknamed The Max.  Priced up to 30% off retail, The Max offers a wide variety of sports supplements, whole food vitamins, herbals, and much more for the whole family including your favorite pet!  Lastly, Lucky Dog Coupon wanted to join the fun as a sponsor as well

OSHA, MUST Ministries partnership to benefit those in need

OSHA, MUST Ministries partnership to benefit those in need

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A new Metro Atlanta alliance could possibly put several Georgians back to work before the end of the year.

On Sept. 26, representatives from MUST Ministries and the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration signed an agreement to launch a new training program for out-of-work residents of Cherokee and Cobb counties. This is only the second such partnership that OSHA's Atlanta-West Area office has entered.

This alliance will create a 10-hour general workplace safety course related to seasonal jobs, including warehouse work and stocking. The course will be held Oct. 24-26; OSHA and Must Ministries plan to launch a similar course in February to focus on summertime construction jobs.

The goal of these courses is to provide the unemployed with access to training resources, according to OSHA area director Andre Richards.

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I-75/I-575 toll project hits snag

I-75/I-575 toll project hits snag

ATLANTA -- A $1.1 billion proposal to add toll lanes to interstates 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties won approval from two state agencies Thursday but hit a bump with the third.

The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) tabled consideration of the West by Northwest project after Gov.

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.