During the 2023 General Assembly session that begins on January 9th, InsiderAdvantage Georgia will have writers (who also write for James Magazine) working with me in a legislative office building across from the Capitol. We’ll follow and report on happenings and inside information during the session expected to end in late March.  So, check out our daily online business and political news service by logging on to insideradvantage.com.

InsiderAdvantage readers can soon expect to see stories covering Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget that he’ll present. This year marked the creation of 51,132 private sector jobs and more than $21.2 billion in investment. The governor recently said that “I consider these milestones to be the new level to beat.” Many observers wager Kemp and the state’s economic development team led by Commissioner Pat Wilson can very well beat that 2022 record.

Kemp also repeatedly said during his re-election campaign that he would seek another $1 billion state income tax cut on top of the $1 billion reduction the Legislature approved earlier this year. Lt. Gov.-electBurt Jones is also committed to the cut, and he wants the state income tax phased out entirely.

Also look for lawmakers to focus on everything ranging from healthcare and education legislation to boosting Georgia’s war on crime (especially targeting criminal gangs).

It will also be interesting to see if lawmakers take up the contentious issues of changing some aspects of the state’s election laws (Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and grassroots Republicans seek changes). Also, will sports betting legalization, local pari-mutuel horse racing and destination casino resortbills get any traction? They didn’t get anywhere during the last session, but Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah,says he will again introduce enabling bills again. Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon is the House Minority Leader who also wants to see passage of some gambling legislation that will bring in more revenue to state coffers.

These are just some of the many public policy issues, along with the legislative horse trading that always occurs, that InsiderAdvantage readers can expect to read about in the future.

Phil Kent is the CEO & Publisher of InsiderAdvantageGeorgia and James magazine. He is also a regular panelist on Fox5Atlanta TV’s Sunday public affairs show “The Georgia Gang.”







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