Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:17 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:17:14 GMT
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Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:02:02 GMT
The Albany Police Depart is engaged in a recruitment campaign to get its officer corps up to full strength. APD is budgeted for 214 officers, and right now is about 20 officers short of that level, andMore >>
The Albany Police Depart is engaged in a recruitment campaign to get its officer corps up to full strength. APD offers the training program for people who do not already have POST certification. Starting salary for a rookie officer is over $33,000 annually.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:55 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:55:33 GMT
The city has settled a lawsuit over more than $2 million in unpaid federal loans owed by the owners of Albany Heights. City attorney Nathan Davis announced that the city had accepted a deed and $110,000More >>
The city has settled a lawsuit over more than $2 million in unpaid federal loans owed by the owners of Albany Heights.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:52:29 GMT
An Albany man is trying to get his stolen property returned, after it was taken from his Cumberland Lane home Tuesday, and his camera got a partial look at the culprits. He said that two people brokeMore >>
An Albany man is trying to get his stolen property returned, after it was taken from his Cumberland Lane home Tuesday, and his camera got a partial look at the culprits.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:44 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:44:53 GMT
Animal shelters and organizations across Georgia are getting a boost from grants totaling $125,000. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black made the announcement Wednesday.More >>
Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black made the announcement Wednesday that the Spay and Neuter grants will be split between 19 recipients as part of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program.More >>
March 13, 2006
Tift County -- Agriculture is the life-blood of Georgia, the top industry. And many of the workers who make it successful are migrant workers, some of them here illegally.
Proposed legislation at the state and federal levels would crack down on illegal immigrants and try to level the field for farmers.
Bill Brim employees more than 300 migrant workers at Lewis-Taylor farms, all hired under H-2A, a federally mandated program that requires he provide them with housing, transportation, and pay each worker at least $8.07 per hour.
"It's a real unlevel playing field for me." Brim says. Unlevel, because Brim's workers are here legally. He not only pays for their transportation to Tifton, but also for their work visas and passports.
Costs passed on to consumers in price of product. "It's hard for me to compete, price wise. I have to get two dollars a box more for my peppers than someone down the road, that's using domestic."
And that's why he wants things to change. "I don't want to put anybody into a position where they lose their business, but at some point in time, we've got to do something about the illegal immigration problems."
He wants to see legislation passed that will lower the wage he's required to pay workers to a prevailing wage, and he doesn't want to have to pay for visas, or passports.
He thinks workers should do that themselves, and he thinks farmers should be fined if they employ illegal aliens. "The only way they're going to control illegal immigration is by fining us employers, but they can't just do it, say starting tomorrow."
Rather, he thinks it's something that should be done over a period of several years, so farmers can transition into another program, and level the field for everyone involved.
Bill Brim is going to Washington tomorrow where he plans to meet with Senator Saxby Chambliss who has proposed immigration legislation in the United States Senate.