Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."
The proposed FY 2021 budget for the City of Guyton accounts for a pay raise for all elected officials, a move in conflict with state law and a vote by council which dictates the increase is only supposed to apply to two of the four council members and the mayor.
A lobbyist-backed initiative endorsed by the Georgia Farm Bureau that placed rural Georgians in a duel of private property rights against farm protections failed to cross the finish line before the Georgia General Assembly adjourned for the year.
After a long and rocky road, a legislative initiative to add a fourth Superior Court judge to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit squeaked through on the final day of the 2020 legislative session. It now awaits Governor Kemp's signature.
As the legislature slashed state agency budgets by 10% and local governments scramble to balance budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, Superior Court Judges in one judicial circuit will get a pay raise due to an intentional technicality.