Legislature’s agenda for 2017 thrown for a loop by election results

ATHENS — Ballots were still being counted when it became apparent most Democrats had not seriously considered the possibility Donald Trump would win. Neither, it seems, had many Republicans.

That was my main takeaway from the General Assembly’s biennial retreat here this week. Typically, one can find the rough outlines of a legislative agenda at this post-election event, which is geared toward the newly elected lawmakers but also well attended by the veterans. For example, two years ago it was clear legislators would pursue some kind of transportation-funding bill, even if the details didn’t emerge until several weeks later.

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But between Trump’s victory — with uncertain effects for everything from health care to infrastructure spending — and the unexpectedly lopsided defeat of the Opportunity School District, no one sounded confident about much of anything we’re likely to see when the 2017 session begins.

Next year had been shaping up as the first time the Medicaid expansion envisioned under Obamacare would get a serious hearing in Georgia. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce promised a “conservative” way to increase state funding for the program by hundreds of millions of dollars, in order to draw down the billions in promised federal dollars, although the specifics of their alchemy were kept under wraps.

That plan got Trumped, and not just because the feds are likely to stop harassing Georgia for declining to expand Medicaid with a Republican in the White House. Expansion may no longer be possible, depending on how Congress makes good on its promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it. Existing Medicaid funding could also be affected.

But the substance of such changes isn’t the only question mark: So is timing. No one is ready to predict how quickly Congress might move, or when a new bill might take effect. Some lawmakers in Athens were already wondering aloud whether they might have to put the session “on pause” for a while next spring to stall for time, or even reconvene in a special session in the summer, to account for the effect on state budgets.

Education was expected to be another dominant theme. Gov. Nathan Deal held off this year on a bill with recommendations from his reform commission, including updating the formula for distributing state money to public schools for the first time in three decades. The idea was to get past the OSD referendum before pushing in 2017 for more controversial changes such as how teachers are paid.

That plan didn’t anticipate teachers unions’ spending millions of dollars to defeat the ballot measure. Three in five Georgians voted against the OSD. Now it’s unclear what a Plan B for chronically failing schools might look like. Or how aggressive Deal and legislators might be in pushing other reforms. Or whether a move from Washington, such as fulfilling Trump’s pledge to put $20 billion into a school-choice program, might have a knock-on effect here.

There’s one last way in which Trump’s victory may affect the 2017 session, and that’s how it is shaking up state politics.

The race to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Price, whom Trump chose to lead Health and Human Services, seems likely to include a trio of state legislators. The timing of that election could have an effect on the session. Then there are the folks who are re-evaluating their options for the 2018 state elections in light of Trumpism, and who may be inclined to legislate accordingly starting next month.

For a state run by Republicans, that’s a lot of uncertainty caused by the election of a Republican.

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SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The libs should take a break from their post election whining because this is going to be an entirely different administration than the one we've had for the last eight years and the left will have plenty to cry about for the next four years.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

"Uncertainty" is also, more importantly, "opportunity". Let the politicians earn their pay.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@IReportYouWhine (aka Andy):


My own opinion is that America Inc. is too big to "turn around" like one would a company or any other organization. There is no quick fix to something this huge and complex. But there is a long-term fix, which is to get GDP increasing to 3% and higher while slowing the increasing costs of healthcare, housing and education.


That's from the Gallup report you cited.  Your fuhrer has you hoodwinked. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Eye wonder @AndyManUSA#45 

Given the bios of the people Trump's selecting for his cabinet it isn't likely he's trying to "hoodwink" anybody. Even if he's trying to hoodwink his supporters these cabinet selections wouldn't allow his attempt to go very far. 

Stephenson_Billings
Stephenson_Billings

Pot, Meet Kettle....


Brian Williams: Fake news swayed the election


"MSNBC's Brian Williams warned this week that fake news has serious consequences, including that it helped sway the presidential election in Donald Trump's favor.


As a reminder, Williams is no longer a network news anchor because he's still rehabilitating his tarnished image. He was disciplined last year after it was revealed he had embellished stories and peddled outright falsehoods regarding his experiences in 2003 during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. His stories about his time in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina also proved to contain fabrications."


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/brian-williams-fake-news-swayed-the-election/article/2609234

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Stephenson_Billings


Kind of like Hillary, dodging sniper fire. Hey, there you go, Hillary, would make a great left leaning network news anchor.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Over the past eight years, though, the moral fervor of environmental crusaders has become oppressive, and the EPA has adopted the position of EPA official Al Armendariz, who said in 2010 that the agency’s approach to oil and gas companies should be “like when the Romans conquered the villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into little villages in Turkish towns, and they’d find the first five guys they saw and crucify them.”


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442909/scott-pruitt-epa-pick-trump-administration-would-restore-proper-role-agency


The EPA didn't seem too concerned with extremism back then.

DrinkingAtNoon
DrinkingAtNoon

“The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” Clinton said during a speech on Capitol Hill.


Hillary is the new Al Gore. 

DrinkingAtNoon
DrinkingAtNoon

Poor little Hillary is crying about "fake news" because she lost the election. I didn't hear her crying when Donna Brazille was giving her the debate questions before the debates took place.

Gotta love left wing hypocrisy.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Root it all out -


Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama’s climate agenda.


The transition team has asked the agency to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules. The advisers are also seeking information on agency loan programs, research activities and the basis for its statistics, according to a five-page internal document circulated by the Energy Department on Wednesday. The document lays out 65 questions from the Trump transition team, sources within the agency said.


MAGA #45


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-09/trump-team-s-memo-hints-at-broad-shake-up-of-u-s-energy-policy

breckenridge
breckenridge

It's amazing that there are people who are so incredibly stupid, so incredibly feeble of mind, that they actually thought H Clinton was running a child sex ring out of a pizza parlor.


And the guy arrested....gee he was a southerner.  Imagine that.

lvg
lvg

@breckenridge That includes Michael Flynn, top Orange Clown adviser who spread the story with his son. 

lvg
lvg

@SGTGrit He already has p-ssed them off making nice with PM of Pakistan.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

For those of us conservatives who were once Trump, sceptics his cabinet picks have certainly turned our attitudes around. Make America Great Again.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Looks like the Donald is saying with his pick of Scott Pruitt, for EPA  to daughter Ivanka, I love you darling but I was elected to be the next president.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Perhaps you’ve gotten the impression from about-to-be-ex-President Obama’s various fake victory laps that the United States economy is recovering nicely now thanks to his spending, regulations and resolute leadership.


Not.


A new analysis by senior Gallup economists makes this contradictory, stark statement:


“There is no recovery. Since 2007, U.S. GDP per capita growth has been 1%. The Great Recession may be over, but America is dangerously running on empty.”


Fact.


http://hotair.com/archives/2016/12/08/gallup-economy-analysis-finds-no-growth/

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@AndyManUSA#45 

Obama's good bye tour would be laughable if it weren't so tragic. His legacy will be that of abject failure.

DrinkingAtNoon
DrinkingAtNoon

@SGTGrit @AndyManUSA#45


His goodbye tour consists of making up lies. Did you hear him talk about how there'd been no terrorist attacks in America for his entire presidency? What a moron.

DrinkingAtNoon
DrinkingAtNoon

I love the utter stupidity of democrats.


Statewide recounts in key 2016 battlegrounds are proceeding in fits and starts -- but doing little to change the math behind Donald Trump's victory. 

In Wisconsin, one of three states where Green Party candidate Jill Stein has sought a fresh tabulation, the president-elect has even gained on Hillary Clinton. 

DrinkingAtNoon
DrinkingAtNoon

HAHA Hillary the loser just can't seem to get anything right.


Recounts barely making dent in election results; Trump gains in Wisconsin

DrinkingAtNoon
DrinkingAtNoon

It's hilarious watching Hedcase and Wonder Girl have their little meltdowns on Kyle's blog.


Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/08/news/economy/walmart-mexico-jobs/index.html

Walmart's Mexico unit to add 10,000 jobs

Walmart's subsidiary announced Wednesday night it's going to add 10,000 jobs in Mexico over the next three years.

The subsidiary, Walmart de Mexico, said it would invest $1.3 billion in Mexico, adding that the investment stems from profits made in the country.


Trump did not tweet about the Walmart announcement.


Where you at Chump ?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@Hedley_Lammar Walmart now has over 2,300 stores across Mexico and Central America.


Right over the top of your head, college boy.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@AndyManUSA#45 @Hedley_Lammar 

Can't blame Wally World, America's been hooked on cheap manufactured goods. Problem is what used to last ten years now lasts about one year, like a coffee maker as an example. Facts will emerge and no longer excused. Walmart, will adapt as will other retailers.
 American manufactured product is the best as compared to the Chinese variety.