Political Rewind: HOPE Scholarship boost and mental health bill stall; Raising retirement age
Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Meg Kinnard, @MegKinnardAP, National politics reporter, Associated Press
Rahul Bali, @rahulbali, politics reporter, WABE
Rene Alegria, CEO, Mundo Now
1. House rejects boost to Hope Scholarship.
- Gov. Brian Kemp's $32.5B budget proposal seeks to boost funding for the HOPE scholarship.
- The House voted down a version of the budget last week that would 100% fund the scholarship.
- Kemp also wants to get rid of the two-tier award system.
- The idea faces opposition from Republicans who don't want to remove the incentive for students with a 3.7 GPA or higher.
- You can learn more about the budget on GPB's Lawmakers.
2. Mental health bill faces opposition.
- The House wants to build on last year's mental health omnibus bill by adding more mental health workers.
- Conservative activists are also once again pushing state senators to reject the bill, raising concerns about the lack of clear definitions.
3. Two years since the Atlanta spa shootings.
- It has been a year since a white man went on a murderous rampage in Atlanta and its suburbs, killing eight people, six of them Asian women.
- President Biden issued an executive order on guns yesterday, but can't get much done without Congress.
4. Nikki Haley proposes raising the retirement age.
- Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is proposing changes to entitlement programs for younger generations.
Thursday on Political Rewind: AJC retired columnist Jim Galloway joins the show.