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Atlanta Just Passed Its Largest Budget Ever

Your AM Rundown: Plus, new BeltLine mural pays homage to Black women.

Atlanta’s $754 million budget just passed, and it’s the largest in the city’s history. (Danny Karnik/Associated Press)

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Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • It’s official y’all: The largest budget in Atlanta’s history has passed. On Tuesday, the $754 million budget, which sees pay increases for frontline workers and all city of Atlanta employees, was approved unanimously. Funding for the Atlanta Police Department takes the biggest slice of the money pie, clocking in at $235 million, with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department following behind at $107 million. Notably, the budget also increased funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund — something that Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens faced backlash for not initially including in an early draft. Need a budget refresher? Read our explainer.
  • Primary election runoff season has come to an end, but we couldn’t let it pass without a recap of how things played out. Our politics reporter Chauncey Alcorn broke down the results and what they mean for the midterms in November. Read all about it here
  • A Black woman testified Tuesday before Congress about her experience as an election worker following the 2020 presidential election. Wandrea “Shaye” Moss was a Fulton County Elections Department employee who was falsely accused by former President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani of processing fake ballots for President Joe Biden. Moss testified that she began receiving threats that forced her to leave her job. Her mother, son, and grandmother were targeted as well. 
  • Over on the BeltLine, Black women are being celebrated. Atlanta artist Drew Borders’ new mural, “The Fates,” was unveiled under a bridge on the Southside Trail. The mural depicts three Black women watching over Borders. The artist said it was inspired by Greek mythology and her family, but is meant for all Black women to see themselves represented. 

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