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Join GRA and Reap the Benefits of Association

The Georgia Retail Association is dedicated to making Georgia one of the best places in the United States to do business. As long as there are threats to your business, the Georgia Retail Association will make sure the voice of the retail industry in Georgia is heard loud and clear.  Click HERE for the GRA Member Application.

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Annual Fall Golf Tournament

Join us for a good game of golf and network with other retail professionals at the same time. We also have sponsorship opportunities available, click HERE for sponsorship information.

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A True Crime-Fighting Partnership

GRAORCA is a statewide crime-fighting partnership. This alliance allows retailers and law enforcement to communicate about criminal activity impacting businesses on a real-time basis while preventing other partners from being victimized.

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An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates

Inaccurate reports recently have generated questions about SeaWorld and the animals in our care. The truth is in our parks and people, and it’s time to set the record straight.

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Health Care Reform Act

The health care reform law— the Affordable Care Act (ACA)— has many complex requirements for employers and health plans. Many employers are starting to focus more attention on the ACA’s rules and, as a result, have more questions than ever.

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Stand with Main Street and Georgia's retailers

Georgia's Alliance for Main Street Fairness is a coalition dedicated to ensuring sales tax laws treat all businesses equally. An online sales tax loophole currently puts local businesses at risk, and we are working to level the playing field. Click here for information on how to join the coalition.

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Small Business Quarterly

Delivers practical info to help you increase the bottom line.
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Member Profile

The Big Store
Susan and Philip Perlis
Tifton, GA

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Service Spotlight

GRA's bankcard program is your gateway to a better bottom line.
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Legislative Schedule
The Georgia General Assembly was in recess this week as joint meetings of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees convened to hear state agency heads discuss Governor Deal's $21.8B state budget proposal in more detail.

The legislature will reconvene Monday, January 26 for legislative day 5 and will work through Thursday, January 29.

FY 2016 State Budget Proposal
The Governor's FY 2016 proposed budget heavily focuses around enhancements in the areas of education, health care and criminal justice reform. Links to both the amended FY 2015 and FY 2016 budgets can be found HERE.

Transportation Infrastructure Funding
Transportation infrastructure funding remains a priority for the statewide business community during the 2015 session. Georgia's transportation funding system continues to decline, as the Georgia Department of Transportation(GDOT)'s 2014 budget restricted resurfacing to a meager 2% of state's road network, resulting in an average 50-year cycle for maintenance. As Governor Nathan Deal referenced in his State of the State address, a road that is paved the day one graduates from high school won't be repaved until that same person is on Social Security.

GDOT has done a tremendous job in recent years completing projects within both schedule and budget. However, without new sources of funding, new projects will be virtually impossible to execute, affecting the state's economic vitality, mobility, and safety. The Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding was unequivocal in their evaluation that a minimum of $1.5 billion in new investment is needed to stabilize our current system of funding and maintaining our roads and bridges. Additionally, the committee recommended finding a separate, permanent funding stream for Georgia's statewide network of 128 transit systems.

Lawmakers need to hear from business leaders that transportation infrastructure needs are paramount and key to the continued economic viability of our state. Please click here to find your Georgia legislators' contact information to let them know that you care about funding for our state's transportation infrastructure.

image`Yesterday was Cyber Monday, a popular and symbolic shopping day for online savvy customers. Online shopping this holiday season is projected to rise another 20% from last year. This week is the perfect opportunity to speak with your Congressional Representative about the importance of internet sales tax collection. About half of consumers say they will buy at least some of their Christmas list online this year. Those purchases should be taxed just as brick-and-mortar retailers are, not only during the holiday season but every day. When collected, exclusively-online sales taxes are federal dollars that can be used to keep other taxes low. It just makes sense to equalize the playing field and tax every retailer, online or not, fairly for their sales.

Read more: Use Cyber Shopping Season to Encourage E-Fairness

imageGet your golf on at the upcoming Fall GhFA and GRA Golf Tournament!

This annual event will be held again at the beautiful Lake Lanier Resort in Buford, GA, Friday, September 19, with an 11am shotgun start.

We are less than three weeks out so don't waste any time - register today!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, click HERE for more information.

Contact Taylor Byrd ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 404.277.1522) with any questions.

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