Today, on the morning of Gov. Nathan Deal’s State of the State address, Better Georgia published a full-page ad in his hometown newspaper to highlight how ineffective his job plan is. Over the past two years, Georgia ranks dead last in job growth. In fact, Georgia ranks 51st when Washington, D.C. is included.Gov. Deal’s so-called business-oriented policies have been a disaster for Georgia businesses and for the people who are working hard to find jobs.
Georgia is losing jobs as the rest of the nation recovers. Beginning in June 2009 — the official date the recession ended — through September 2011, Georgia lost nearly 80,000 jobs. In this time, Georgia lost more than twice as many jobs as our closest Southern competitor, North Carolina. That state, which relies heavily on the troubled banking industry, lost 36,000 jobs in the same period.
Georgia’s economy isn’t getting better. The state’s unemployment rate has been worse than the national average for more than four years.
Most people, including business owners, would change direction if they saw results like this. It would be time to try something new. But not Gov. Deal. He and his conservative cronies are again offering a mix of low taxes and low regulations while trying to buy the state out of trouble at the cost of an effective government.
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