When Gov. Sonny Perdue first walked into the governor’s office, Georgia ranked 25th among states in per capita income.
In the decades before he took over, Georgia’s workers saw increases in their wages and the state climbed from 40th in 1979 to 25th in 2001.
In just over a decade, Georgia has fallen back to 1979 levels.
Georgia’s workers are making less.
Georgia’s economy is doing worse.
This isn’t an accident. It’s a complete lack of leadership.
Leadership means knowing when to step back and when to step up to make sure the system works for people who work for a living.
Gov. Nathan Deal has failed this test.
But when you listen to his campaign ads, Gov. Deal claims Georgia is the best state to do business. He claims, wrongly, that he’s delivered “Good paying jobs for people just like us whose futures are even brighter.”
Gov. Deal has continued on the same path to cut back at local schools, block access to health care and stop investing in our roads and transit options.
Businesses need more than tax credits to thrive.
Georgia needs an educated work force. We need a health care industry that’s not frozen in time because of stubborn partisan politics. We need reliable options for getting to and from work.
Georgia’s economy is not working for most people. We are going in the wrong direction.
Economic prosperity depends on a middle class with money in their pockets.
It’s time for Georgia to work again for people who work for a living.