AUGUST 17, 2020


Remaining Vigilant and Focused
As COVID-19 continues to impact our economy, health, and overall wellbeing, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus remains vigilant and focused on pursuing answers for our constituents who are suffering.

To date, we held several meetings with state agency officials, members of Congress, and thought leaders to learn more about state responses to COVID-19 and pending federal legislation, such as the HEROES Act. We also created a resource page on our website that allows Georgians to find assistance in their communities.

We are concerned about the Georgia Department of Labor backlog in processing unemployment insurance applications. Caucus members receive calls daily from constituents regarding excessively long wait times for payment disbursement. We are also concerned about the lack of a jobs plan to get Georgians back to work.

Maybe a plan has not formed because of the state's inadequate response to the pandemic. Our economy cannot establish a sense of normalcy and upward trajectory without first controlling the spread of COVID-19. People need assurances their places of employment are safe. A statewide mask mandate can help build confidence. Expanding Medicaid for almost 500,000 Georgians without health insurance would also be a rational answer to this crisis. Regardless, our economy is tied to our public health. You cannot address one without addressing the other.

Equally important, less than 60 percent of Georgians have submitted their United States Census forms. In 2010, about 72 percent filled out their forms. It is critical every household fulfills its civic duty to participate in the census count.

Nonparticipation will cost the state of Georgia billions in federal dollars for education, healthcare, transportation, housing, and other important services. The census also ensures citizens have local, state, and federal representation reflective of the demographic changes our state has undergone. We have added a link below (see census graphic) that will lead you to the official state website. Please, let your voice be heard.  

As Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), I am proud to represent the 65 members who serve in the Georgia General Assembly. Established in 1975, the GLBC has sought to protect the general welfare of African Americans, other people of color, and disadvantaged citizens of Georgia in matters of health and welfare, education, social and criminal justice, employment, and economic empowerment.

For more information about our organization, the members, legislative priorities, and other resources, I ask that you visit our website.

Yours in Service,

State Representative Dr. Karen Bennett (HD-94)

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