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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 Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of Athens DA’s claim of open records exemption

In an upcoming ruling, Georgia’s Supreme Court will weigh in on a claim brought by Athens-Clarke District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, arguing that top prosecutors are exempt from the state’s open records laws. The case involves assertions that the trial court overlooked a constitutional provision in denying Gonzalez’s motion to dismiss an open records complaint, mirroring similar immunity arguments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a separate case related to the 2020 presidential election interference.

CNN sets first Biden-Trump presidential debate for June 27 in Atlanta

CNN announced today that it will host a debate between President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the network’s Atlanta studios on June 27, with no audience present. Both candidates have agreed to participate, marking a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the November election as they engage in direct exchanges over key issues.

Georgia public colleges to expand admissions testing requirements for fall 2026

Georgia colleges are reverting to requiring standardized test scores for all new applicants, signaling a shift from pandemic-era policies. Beginning in fall 2026, institutions including Augusta University, The University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech will mandate SAT or ACT scores, a decision unanimously approved by the Georgia Board of Regents.