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Kim Kenney / Atlanta Ballet

A proposed sales tax to create a steady stream of funding for the arts in Atlanta appears to be dead.

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Mayor Kasim Reed needed Georgia lawmakers to sign off on the plan in order to put it before voters as a referendum in November. The idea was to let constituents decide whether they wanted to pay a one-tenth of a penny tax to support music, dance, theater or other artistic ventures in the city.

Associated Press

Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Georgia hospitals want the state to reconsider its opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. They warn rural hospitals in particular are in danger of closing. By one estimate, as many as 15 hospitals are at risk.

A prominent state lawmaker, however, remains firmly against expansion and says some closings are indeed justified.  

Measure Seeking to Restructure MARTA Clears House

Feb 21, 2013

A measure seeking to significantly restructure the way MARTA does business cleared the Georgia House Thursday.

The chamber overwhelmingly passed House Bill 264, 113-57.

If approved by the Senate and governor, the measure would force the transit agency to privatize many key operations, including billing, cleaning, and paratransit services.

On the House floor, the bill’s sponsor, Representative Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven), said MARTA needs fundamental change.