Closer Look: The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Impact on Georgia’s Labor Market, Transit & Elections

Rose Scott reports on the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia as of air time, as well as the latest from the governor’s office regarding state response efforts.
Rose Scott reports on the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia as of air time, as well as the latest from the governor’s office regarding state response efforts.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

00:00: Rose Scott reports on the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia as of air time, as well as the latest from the governor’s office regarding state response efforts.

Also, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favor of granting Governor Brian Kemp new powers while the state is in a public health emergency.

Finally, yesterday evening, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order banning public gatherings of 50 people or more.

03:18: Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler joins “Closer Look” by phone to discuss the coronavirus pandemic’s potential impact on the state labor market.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler joins “Closer Look” by phone today to discuss the coronavirus’ impact on Georgia’s labor market. Photo credit: LaShawn Hudson

22:27: Jeffrey Parker, general manager and chief executive officer at MARTA, joins “Closer Look” by phone to discuss the steps MARTA is taking to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Jeffrey Parker, CEO and GM of MARTA
Jeffrey Parker, CEO and GM of MARTA, joins “Closer Look” by phone to discuss the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on public transit. Photo credit: Emilia Brock

38:07: Georgia election officials announced over the weekend that the state’s presidential primary, which was previously scheduled for March 24, has been moved to May 19. Atlanta-based political strategist and analyst Fred Hicks joins “Closer Look” by phone to discuss this, as well as Sunday’s democratic presidential debate.

Fred Hicks
Political analyst Fred Hicks joins “Closer Look with Rose Scott” by phone to discuss the decision to move Georgia’s presidential primary election. Photo credit: LaShawn Hudson

“Closer Look” is produced by Candace Wheeler, Grace Walker and LaShawn Hudson.