The GLBC Gazette provides weekly updates of what is happening at the State Capitol.
MARCH 29, 2021
FROM OUR CHAIR
Today, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, along with the New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund, and Fair Fight held a press conference to express our opposition to the signing of Senate Bill 202, the Election Integrity Act of 2021, into law last Thursday.
This law is a solution to a problem that has yet to be found. Why? Because our electoral process worked, and maybe too good for some. Five million voters cast their ballot for the presidential and United States Senate runoff elections. The problem the Election Integrity Act of 2021 is trying to resolve is the emergence of a diverse, progressive electorate who demand more just and fair public policy that meets the needs of all people.
We are proud to support the lawsuit filed by the New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund, and Rise, Inc.
We are also asking Georgians to do the following:
Contact your United States Senators and demand they support House Resolution 1, The For The People Act, and House Resolution 4, The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. We need federal intervention to end Jim Crow 2.0.
To the private sector in Georgia, if you support democracy and the dream Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died for, then support local organizations as they educate voters about this unjust law.
To local governments, share with your state legislators what the unfunded mandates in the Election Integrity Act of 2021 will cost your county. Explain how these new costs will impact your budget and ability to provide other needed services.
To our District Attorneys, Solicitors, and Sheriffs, share with your state legislators your concern about criminalizing human decency. If a church, mosque, or synagogue decides to provide voters water or a blanket, they are immediately deemed criminals. Is that who we are as a state?
Most important, to all my Georgians, register to vote, become engaged, and make sure you go to the polls. Do not let this law turn you around.
Senator Tonya P. Anderson
Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Chair
American Rescue Plan Act 2021 (From the National Conference of State Legislatures)
The latest COVID-19 relief package provides $1.9 trillion in mandatory funding, program changes and tax policies aimed at mitigating the continuing effects of the pandemic.
The plan provide the follow resources:
$130.2 billion to local government.
Another round of direct payments of $1,400 for individuals, $2,800 for joint filers, and $1,400 for each qualifying dependent.
Raises the Child Tax Credit maximum amount to $3,000 per child and $3,600 for children under age 6.
Temporarily increases the value of the child and dependent care tax credit.
Extends the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through September 6, 2021.
Provides $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans.
Makes more not-for-profits eligible for the PPP by creating a new category called "additional covered nonprofit entity."
$15 billion for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance payments.
$25 billion for restaurants, bars, and other eligible providers of food and drink.
$1.25 billion for shuttered venue operators.
$47.8 billion for testing and tracing activities for COVID-19.
$7.6 billion for community health centers
$39 billion for child care.
$4.5 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
$50 million for the Title X Family Planning program.
Extends a 15% increase to monthly benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through September 30, 2021.
Directs the President to provide disaster-related funeral expenses to individuals and households at 100% federal cost share.
$3.6 billion is dedicated to supporting the food supply chain, including purchasing food and agricultural commodities.
$1.01 billion is dedicated for grants and loans to improve land access for socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, in addition to scholarships, outreach, financial training, and other technical assistance.
Provides $122.7 billion for existing Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to remain available through September 30, 2023.
Provides $40 billion through the existing Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
Provides $3 billion to historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and minority serving institutions.
Appropriates $27.4 billion for emergency rental assistance via Corona Relief Fund.
GLBC Members House Minority Whip Representative David Wilkerson, House Minority Caucus Chief Deputy Whip Representative Debra Bazemore, Representative Gloria Frazier, Representative Carolyn Hugley, Representative Dar'shun Kendrick, and Representative William Boddie
GLBC Members Senate Democratic Whip Senator Harold Jones II, GLBC Chairwoman Senator Tonya P. Anderson, Senator Gail Davenport, and Senator Kim Jackson