Closer Look: China Tariffs Impact on Ga. Agriculture; Mayor Bottoms on Cabinet Resignations; And More

The Georgia Soybean Commodity Commission has estimated that 60 percent of total soybean exports go to China, meaning the potential tariff could impact one of every three rows of soybeans grown here in the U.S.
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Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief about a press conference from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that will address transparency in Atlanta’s government, and about the indictment of a former city employee amid an ongoing investigation into corruption inside City Hall. Mitzi Bickers, who was the director of the city’s Department of Human Services under former Mayor Kasim Reed, faces 11 counts including conspiring to commit bribery, money-laundering and tax fraud. Prosecutors say she took more than $2 million in bribes from city contractors. Bickers pleaded not guilty last week. Three others have already pleaded guilty in the case – the city’s former procurement chief and two city contractors.
  • 2:30: A black Oldsmobile was the first car to roll off the assembly line at the General Motors plant in Doraville in November 1947. But the plant’s production days are long behind it. It shut down in 2008 – at the height of the nation’s economic meltdown. In 2014, the plant was sold for $50 million with a plan to re-purpose the site for mixed-use development. The Integral Group is spearheading the project. We get the latest from Egbert Perry, CEO of the Integral Group, and Matt Samuelson, COO for the Commercial Real Estate Division of the Integral Group.
  • 27:30: The Trump administration announced a proposal for 25 percent tariffs on imports of roughly 1,300 Chinese product lines valued at $50 billion, ranging from machinery to vaccines. Less than 24 hours later, China’s Ministry of Commerce revealed a list of 106 imports from the U.S. that will be subject to a 25 percent tariff, including soybeans, corn, and wheat. And now, additional tariffs are being considered – on both sides. As these talks of trade tariffs fly back and forth between China and the U.S., how could these tariffs impact the industries – in Georgia and across the country – that produce these goods? We’ll speak with Gary Black, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
  • 46:00: This afternoon, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made a major announcement on transparency in Atlanta’s government. This was following a statement released by the Mayor saying, “I have asked for the resignation of all Cabinet members, and after further assessment will determine which resignations I will accept.” We listen in to the press conference to find out more about Mayor Bottoms’ efforts to evaluate leadership in her Administration.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.