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RELEASE: As Georgia Business Rankings Drop,Stacey Abrams is the Only Candidate Who Can Build a Thriving Economy
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
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