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One Year Later, Inflation Reduction Act Brings Clean Energy Investments and Job Growth

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Staff Writer

One year after the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, a once-in-a-generation investment in the climate and clean energy, it is clear that the landmark law has already had positive impacts on the national and state economies. As of July 2023, the IRA has already created over 170,000 new clean energy jobs, and is expected to create an additional 1.5 million jobs throughout the next decade.

Here in Georgia, the state has invested nearly $19 billion in clean energy projects, and nearly 17,000 new, good-paying jobs have been created since the IRA’s passage, as of July 2023. The state is only expected to grow in its clean energy capabilities, and with it, will continue to create numerous jobs. 

Read here for more information about the IRA’s impact on Georgia. 

Georgia takes aim at mental health care shortages with new legislation

Georgia is intensifying efforts to tackle its mental health care challenges with new legislation designed to increase the availability of mental health professionals across the state. Representative Sharon Cooper emphasizes the state’s commitment to equalizing access to mental health services, particularly in rural areas, by offering loan repayment incentives to providers working in underserved regions.

Kemp signs bill into law forcing sheriffs to enforce federal immigration law

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia signed a contentious new law on May 1, 2024, mandating that law enforcement agencies notify federal authorities about the arrest of undocumented immigrants, with penalties including loss of state funding and criminal charges for non-compliance. Critics argue the law targets Georgia’s Hispanic community disproportionately and contrasts sharply with previous state efforts towards criminal justice reform.