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Monthly Archives: May 2016 Honoring Georgia’s Veterans 4:50 pm

Those who fought to protect our country deserve the absolute best. That’s why, in the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, we passed two significant pieces of legislation to help honor and support our veterans.

House Bill 180 cuts back on the time a veteran in Georgia must wait for admission to the War Veterans Home, a facility run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Milledgeville that provides skilled nursing care to older and ailing veterans. In addition, it reduces Georgia residency requirements for veterans from 5 to 2 years, and offers eligibility to veterans who have been residents of Georgia for at least 5 of the last 15 years.

House Bill 443, the Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy Act, allows Georgia business owners to create employment policies that provide preferential treatment to veterans, including for hiring, promotion, or retaining purposes. This bill provides veterans with new advantages in an increasingly competitive job market.

Our veterans deserve our thanks for their hard work in defense of our country. These two bills represent our continued efforts to honor and thank them for their service and I’m proud of the work we’re doing on their behalf.

Invest Georgia 8:53 pm

Thanks to Georgia’s conservative leadership, our state has consistently been rated as one of the best places in the country to do business. That’s why it is a top priority of my office to ensure we stay the course and push for policies that continue to attract new businesses to our state and grow the footprint of our existing ones.

Invest Georgia was created specifically to aid in the development of small businesses in Georgia. In the 2016 Legislative Session, we added an additional $10 million to the program, providing our state’s small businesses and entrepreneurs access to important capital needed to grow their businesses.

This approach – along with a continued commitment to conservative principles of responsible budgeting and lowering taxes – will allow Georgia to remain the best place in the country to do business.

Less Testing, More Learning 5:54 pm

It’s no secret that the key to a strong Georgia economy is a well-educated and skilled workforce. For that to occur, we need an effective education system that encourages and allows our teachers to make educating their students their number one priority.

Unfortunately, in recent years, mandates from the federal government have forced Georgia to put more and more emphasis on standardized testing. This has resulted in teachers spending a growing amount of time preparing students for these new tests – and less time on actual classroom instruction.

This year, in order to address these concerns, the Georgia State Senate passed Senate Bill 364, adding flexibility to our state testing requirements and freeing up Georgia’s teachers to focus more of their time and energy on actual teaching.

While testing remains an important tool in evaluating student performance, we must be mindful that we are not over testing and restricting the ability of our gifted teachers to educate.

And that’s exactly what this legislation accomplishes.

Preparing Georgia’s Students 9:34 pm

In an increasingly globalized economy, it’s imperative that we are preparing our students to be competitive in the changing job market.

Today, thanks to our College and Career Academies, students all over Georgia have access to training in the areas of engineering, biomedicine, technology, logistics, robotics, and many more of the skills needed to compete in this global market.

I have made College and Career Academies the centerpiece of my education agenda as your Lieutenant Governor – and I’m proud of the fact that we now have 37 of these academies across the state.

We’ve found that the challenging, hands-on programs central to College and Career Academies provide greater relevancy and value to our students, leading not only to higher graduation rates, but also high rates of employment.

In fact, our business community has found that, thanks to these academies, Georgia has a much more qualified and skilled workforce.

I know how important it is for our economy to have a modern workforce, one that provides every Georgian the opportunity to pursue a career that is both stimulating and rewarding.

Thanks to our College and Career Academies, Georgia will continue to have a dynamic, well-trained workforce for many years to come.