As a conservative Republican, I believe a place to do business in a free-enterprise mindset is what Georgia needs to continue to be the best state in which to do business. I believe that finding ways to positively impact business growth and sustainability will lead to a better place for everyone to live, work and play. I will work tirelessly to make sure unemployment rates are low, business is thriving and that economic growth continues, without unnecessary Government interference.
One of the biggest challenges facing any business is that of a strong workforce. It is critically important that children receive a quality education, that higher education is promoted as a viable option for everyone who seeks it, that our technical colleges are front-and-center to offer another path to a career, and that businesses of all shapes and sizes are able to find the best candidate to grow their business. I will work diligently to promote education at all levels to help foster development of a strong workforce. I will work hand-in-hand with the community to make a difference to see that education and an educated workforce come first.
There is still work that needs to be done to modify Georgia’s tax code, and accomplishments that can be achieved to help put a little more jingle in everyone’s pocket. While necessary services and certain everyday needs must be supplied by the government, people are able to thrive when they know they’re taking home more of their hard-earned money.
Fellow Representative from Hall County, Emory Dunahoo, introduced “Fair Tax” legislation in 2017 that would convert Georgia’s tax code from an income tax to a consumption tax. It was my honor to sign on this bill as a co-sponsor. This would do away with Georgia’s income tax and sales tax and replace it with a consumption tax.
Rep. Dunahoo has crafted the legislation so that the new tax system would reimburse taxes paid on taxable items up to a certain amount and thereby help families near or below poverty level. This makes sure that all Georgians are beneficiaries of this new system. All elected Representatives in Hall County have backed this proposal and we will focus on making sure it passes in 2018.
During the 2017 legislative session, multiple bills in the House and Senate were introduced to help fight the opioid epidemic that is devastating lives across Georgia and the entire country. On May 4, 2017, Gov. Deal signed three pieces of prescription drug abuse legislation – SB121, the Jeffrey Dallas Gay, Jr., Act; SB88, the Narcotic Treatment Programs Enforcement Act; and HB249, which moves the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program from the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency to the Department of Public Health.
SB 121 allows over-the-counter sales of Naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversing drug which has proved critical in saving lives. Via executive order in December 2016, Gov. Deal began allowing pharmacists to dispense the drug for rescue kits, but the signing of this law will allow the practice to continue long term. The bill is named for the grandson of Dallas Gay, a Gainesville businessman who was instrumental in pushing for the measure. Jeffrey struggled with prescription drug abuse and died of an opioid overdose in 2012.
By voting in favor of this legislation, my hope is that we can begin to turn the tide of the opioid epidemic in our state, saving other Georgia families from the heartbreak of losing loved ones to this problem. I will continue to strongly advocate for ways to address this epidemic that resulted in 50,000 – 60,000 deaths in the United States is 2016.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
-Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
The Founders were declaring that we are all equal, and that we are defined by rights that we are born with, not given to us by government. Among those rights is the right to pursue happiness; to live our lives as we think best, as long as we respect the right of all other individuals to do the same. The Founders also declared that governments are created by people to secure their rights. Whatever powers government has are not “just” unless they come from us, the people. I will continue to be a vocal advocate of the Second Amendment.
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