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Political Rewind: Getting back to the budget under the Gold Dome


Dawn breaks outside the Georgia Capitol Jan. 10, 2022, on the morning of the first day of the legislative session. Credit: Riley Bunch, GPB News

The Panel:

James Salzer – Assistant senior editor of state government and politics, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Leo Smith – GOP consultant and president, Engaged Futures 

Rep. Teri Anulewicz – State representative (D-Smyrna) 


The Breakdown:

1. Lawmakers return to the capitol to tackle the proposed $30.2 billion dollar budget.

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State Rep. Teri Anulewicz sits on the House Appropriation Committee. She said the larger budget presents a challenge. 

2. Future of Medicaid in Georgia is up in the air.

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Political organizer Leo Smith said some opposition to a federal expansion of Medicaid in Georgia stems from a institutional distrust of Congress.

3. Buckhead cityhood and East Cobb cityhood take different paths in legislative session. 

  • Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens addressed lawmakers this morning at the invitation of state House Speaker David Ralston. Dickens opposes the Buckhead cityhood movement.
  • Earlier this month, the bill creating a referendum on Buckhead cityhood, SB 324, was moved to an all Democrat-led committee where it is likely to fail.

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Rep. Anulewicz said she opposed HB 841, the East Cobb cityhood proposal.


Tomorrow on Political Rewind:

One of the highest-ranking Republicans in state politics, Speaker David Ralston, joins us to talk about what to expect from the 2022 General Assembly session. 

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Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November, 2013. He currently hosts “Two Way Street,” a show that features long-form conversations with authors, artists, chefs, scientists and other creative people who have fascinating stories to tell. He is host and producer of “Political Rewind,” a twice-weekly political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.
Sam joined the Political Rewind team in 2019. He graduated American University in 2015 with a degree in journalism and spent time in North Carolina as a reporter at WCHL in Chapel Hill.
Donna Lowry is a capitol correspondent for this season’s coverage of Georgia’s 2019 legislative session beginning Monday, Jan. 14.
Natalie Mendenhall