Every now and then we check up on various public officials here at the paper - make sure they're paying their taxes, make sure they're not awaiting trial for murder, that kind of stuff.
There's a great database that lists delinquent taxpayers in the state. You can access it at the Georgia Department of Revenue's home page.
Now, I didn't run anyone's business, and I didn't check to see if something might be owed in a spouse's name. And I suppose there are other ways to hide things if people really try. But I am happy to report that, best I can tell, all of Middle Georgia's legislators (and the governor, speaker of the house and lieutenant governor) are paid up on their state taxes.
It's the kind of thing that we'd pretty much only put in the newspaper if one of them wasn't paid up, but I wanted to recognize them here.
By the way, if anyone gets bored and does some more extensive searches on the database, feel free to email me at email@example.com if you find something.
Here's the full list I ran through the database: Sonny Perdue, Glenn Richardson, Casey Cagle, George Hooks, Ronnie Chance, Cecil Staton, Ross Tolleson, Robert Brown, Johnny Grant, Jim Cole, Lynmore James, Tony Sellier, Allen Peake, Nikki Randall, David Lucas Sr., Allen Freeman, Bobby Parham, DuBose Porter, Jimmy Pruett, Willie Talton, Larry O'Neal and Johnny Floyd.