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NOTES FROM THE SENATE, AUGUST 15, 2014
TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
A Joint House-Senate Study Committee began work last week on transportation needs of the state and how those needs may be met in the coming years. The Transportation SPLOST referendum of 2012 passed in only three Regional Development Commission Districts two years ago but one of those districts includes counties in the Fourth Senatorial District. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, AUGUST 11, 2014
JULY REVENUES START YEAR WITH 5.5% GAIN

July is not a “high” revenue month, not in the category of December, April and some others, but as the first month in the fiscal year, it is important to get the year off to a good start. I can remember in 2008, when the last six months of the previous fiscal year slid precipitously, how July of that year with its’ serious drop from the previous year, caused state leaders to withhold virtually all new spending that would have gone into effect as the fiscal year began. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, AUGUST 1, 2014
Online Courses in Higher Education Part 2

COMPARING COSTS
Although every school and program differs in terms of tuition and fees, some online programs have been able to offer online degrees at a lower cost to students than their on-campus degree. Typically savings are generated through fee reductions. Since online course students are not on campus, they are not using campus facilities like the athletic center, library, study rooms, or classrooms in general. (More)

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