It’s the final stretch of Georgia’s 2021 legislative session, and members of the state House and state Senate still have to agree to the final version of the $27 billion budget.
It was finally presented to lawmakers just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. The budget set for the coming fiscal year on July 1 restores some of the cuts made last year, invests in state infrastructure and gives raises to several state employees.
It’s been a chaotic legislative session, to say the least, mixed in with major elections that had all eyes on Georgia.
Lawmakers were under strict COVID-19 testing; some committee sessions were held virtually; members were able to restore some of the budget cuts they made last year as the financial downturn wasn’t as bad as first thought.
Yet much of the focus was on elections, with state Republicans passing a sweeping bill late last week following big Democratic wins in the 2020 election cycle.
Here to explain it all with WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress are reporters Emma Hurt and Emil Moffatt, who have been covering the latest Sine Die news at the Gold Dome.
Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.