A Top Conservative Principle -- Government does not create jobs. Working with that premise, it has been a top priority of mine to help create a healthy economy in which new jobs can be made and our District and the State can flourish.
Georgia's unemployment rate has decreased to 9.2% in 2012 from well over 10% last year. While this is an improvement, we need to continue to drive this number down to pre-recession levels. Unemployment in the district continues to be at or about 10%.
The district needs to continue to use and market its assets to bring in good jobs that offer real benefits and pay. In order for these jobs to come, government needs to get out of the way! Reducing regulation and creating the correct incentives for businesses to grow and create jobs is what State government should be doing. I have been working to make Georgia the most business-friendly State in the Nation.
We in Southeast Georgia need to attract more diverse types of businesses to help counteract the impact of the housing downturn. Putting so many economic eggs in the same basket is never wise.