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ATLANTA – This week, CNBC released their yearly “Top States for Business” list – and Georgia slipped from second to seventh.
Democratic nominee for governor and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams is the only candidate with a a proven track record of and commitment to making Georgia a good place to live, work, and do business. As Democratic Leader, Abrams supported smart business tax incentives, blocked tax increases on middle income families, supported health care affordability and quality public education, and rejected discriminatory legislation opposed by bipartisan leaders and the business community. In the same year, she earned an "A" rating from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the "Friend of Labor" award.
As out of touch candidates threaten Georgia's economic security with their rhetoric and actions, Leader Abrams released the following statement:
“I know with the right investments, Georgia families and businesses across the state can thrive. As governor, I will ensure we create more economic opportunity -- not less -- by building a robust infrastructure, expanding access to health care and public education, and giving Georgians a chance to learn new skills so they can earn more to support themselves and their families."
Abrams is the only candidate with not just a record supporting these critical metrics for business success, but also a plan to build a thriving economy. On each of these metrics, Abrams has proposed robust solutions.
Workforce (425 points): Quality and availability of workers, STEM workers, worker training programs
Abrams proposes: Investment in K-12 and higher education, skills training, STEAM education in schools, apprenticeships
Infrastructure (400 points): Transportation via air, waterways, roads, and rail, water quality
Abrams proposes: Statewide investment in transit and infrastructure,conservation, water infrastructure
Cost of Doing Business (350 points): Business incentives, utility costs, rental costs
Abrams proposes: Smart tax investments like the film tax credit, investment in clean energy, an affordable housing trust
Economy (300 points): A diverse economy, consumer spending, job creation, credit ratings
Abrams proposes: Long-term, high-wage jobs in every county that fit a variety of skills, an earned income tax credit, maintaining Georgia’s AAA bond rating
Quality of Life (300 points): Crime rate, quality of and access to health care, anti-discrimination protections
Abrams proposes: Reentry and transition services to reduce recidivism, Medicaid expansion, anti-discrimination protections
Technology & Innovation (225 points): Innovation
Abrams proposes: STEAM education, investment in the arts and incentives for innovative small businesses.
Education (200 points): State support for higher education, quality K-12 education, life-long learning
Abrams proposes: Need-based aid; Targeted investments in K-12 education that support kids, teachers and parents; skills training and financial literacy initiatives
Business Friendliness (150 points): Reducing regulatory frameworks
Abrams proposes: Consistently review the necessity of regulations
Access to Capital (100 points): Bank financing, capital investments by state
Abrams proposes: Expanding access to capital for small business and capital investments by the state
Cost of Living (50 points): Cost of housing, food, energy
Abrams proposes: Affordable housing, advanced energy jobs
The Reviews are In: Stacey Abrams’ Statewide Jobs Tour is a Success!
For almost two weeks, Democratic nominee for Governor and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams has been traveling the state to talk to voters about her “Jobs for Georgia” plan – and every she goes, people are excited to hear from a candidate talking about the issues that matter most to them and their families.
The full jobs plan is available here.
SAVANNAH: A+ for Apprenticeships
WTOC: Democratic candidate for GA governor begins statewide jobs tour in Pooler
She campaigned in Pooler at the Ironworkers Union on Thursday. She took a quick tour of the facility and met with apprentices watching them in action, all focusing in on her “Jobs for Georgia” plan. It's a part of her statewide jobs tour. Abrams started the tour in Pooler […] The job plan to boost the Georgia economy is adding small business growth and more opportunities for apprentices. She wants the state of Georgia to have 22,000 apprentices by 2022. And wants to do this by coordinating with more technical colleges and collaborating with trade unions.
ATLANTA: Small Business Boss
WABE: Stacey Abrams Talks Small Businesses On The Campaign Trail
Democrat Stacey Abrams is campaigning hard this week in the governor’s race. At an Atlanta press conference Friday, she touted her plans for a $10 million small business financing fund. […] “I’m a Democratic leader who has worked across the aisle,” she said. “I’ve worked with the Chamber of Commerce and with labor unions. And I believe that I am the most qualified candidate for Governor that the state of Georgia has had in a very long time.”
MACON: The Icing on the Cake
WMAZ: Stacey Abrams visits small businesses in Macon, hosts town hall
As part of her "Jobs for Georgia Tour," her Macon stops included Felicia's Cake Factory, Georgia Artisan and the IBEW Training Center. Then, she held a town hall meeting at the Community Church of God. As part of her platform, she wants to strengthen small businesses in Georgia. Abrams is a former small business owner, and if elected she plans to invest $10 million into Georgia's small businesses. "There are too many communities that have been waiting for 16 years for investment, and for service and for support. Well I'm here to tell you the time is now and I'm the one who's going to get it done," says Abrams.
DALTON: Say “Invest in infrastructure” Five Times Fast
WRCB: Stacey Abrams in Dalton
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made a stop in North Georgia tonight. She spoke with voters at the Dalton Convention Center. It's part of a statewide tour to talk about her "Jobs for Georgia" plan. Abrams explains why North Georgia voters should choose her in the general election. “Our ‘Jobs for Georgia’ plan will help create thousands of jobs – especially in an area like North Georgia where manufacturing is key. But we have to keep innovating and investing in infrastructure and making sure that every student who graduates from our high schools has a pathway to prosperity.”
More stops for the Statewide Jobs Tour will be announced in the coming days.
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