Macon Day in Atlanta: A Recap of Key Discussions and Priorities

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Macon Day in Atlanta, held alongside the 2024 Georgia General Assembly session, brought together community leaders, stakeholders, and lawmakers to address pressing issues and advocate for Macon-Bibb County’s priorities. The event, which commenced with the “Macon & Eggs” breakfast, featured a series of engagements aimed at fostering dialogue and collaboration.

The day’s activities included a visit to the Gold Dome, where the 2024 Leadership class was honored on the floor of the Georgia General Assembly. Personalized visits to lawmakers equipped with tokens of appreciation and talking points further highlighted Macon’s priorities. Insights into the contributions of state tourism and its economic benefits were also shared by the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The “Macon and Eggs” breakfast event, moderated by Macon-Bibb Mayor Lester Miller, facilitated discussions on critical issues. Here’s a summary of key comments from the delegation:

  • Senator David Lucas (SD-26) stressed funding for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and advocated for an inland port in Macon to complement Savannah Port’s growth. He also supported Medicaid expansion to improve healthcare access in rural areas.
  • Senator John Kennedy (SD-18) emphasized economic development, highlighting the state’s strong financial position and the need to allocate funds beyond Atlanta. He suggested Medicaid waivers as an alternative to full expansion.
  • Rep Miriam Paris (HD-142) supported Medicaid expansion and raised concerns over affordability in Bibb County, particularly regarding the unregulated appraisal industry.
  • House Minority Leader James Beverly (HD-143) highlighted investments in Medicaid expansion and economic development projects facilitated by Senators Ossoff and Warnock.
  • Rep Dale Washburn (HD-141) advocated for homeownership initiatives and Medicaid expansion.
  • Rep Robert Dickey (HD-145) underscored ongoing efforts to improve education and housing.

Additional insights from discussions included reductions in the millage rate, increased sports revenue, and legislative initiatives such as House Bill 880 benefiting Robins Air Force Base.

During a panel discussion, attendees identified areas of concern, including the urgent need for affordable housing, expanded legal services, improved medical care for underserved populations, and support for education funding.

As the legislative session progresses, stakeholders can expect continued advocacy for policies benefiting the Macon-Bibb community. The event organizers pledged to keep stakeholders informed and engaged throughout the process.

For updates on legislative tracking and upcoming events, stakeholders are encouraged to stay tuned.

Best,

Chrissy Miner 2024 Chair, Government and Military Affairs Committee