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Local legislators express goals for new year
by Angela Spencer
January 16, 2013 08:43 AM | 2250 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia Legislature reconvened Monday, and local state senators and representatives have specific goals involving jobs, the budget and Fulton County government this year.

North Fulton’s newest state Senator is Brandon Beach who just won former state Senator Chip Rogers’ District 21 seat after he resigned in December.

Beach, who is also president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, said that in his campaign he pledge to introduce three bills if elected: The Georgia Jobs Act, a bill to reform the “fair share” program and a bill to cap lobbyists gifts at $100 and require candidates to produce bank statements backing up campaign disclosure reports.

The Georgia Job Act would create a statewide opportunity zone for new jobs brought in from out of state.

“This would result in incremental growth that would expand tax rolls to close the gap in the state budget shortfalls,” Beach said. “Georgia would be truly ‘Open for Business.’”

District 56 state Senator John Albers, R-Roswell, said that, aside from the budget, his goals include the economy and job creation, traffic and transportation solutions and recreating Milton County.

“I will work with my colleagues to introduce several bills including eliminating the GA income tax, reform the department of transportation, raise the school drop out age to 17, registering Senior Care givers with background checks and recreate Milton County for North Fulton,” he said.

District 50 state Rep. Lynne Riley, R-Johns Creek, said she will be working on bills to reform Fulton County government including improvements to service delivery, eliminating waste and inefficiency and reducing the tax burden on citizens.

“This will not detract from the continued efforts to recreate Milton County,” she said. “But will provide relief to everyone in Fulton County while the momentum for self-governance continues to build.”

Riley said she is a proponent for small government and wants to make sure legislation will not create more bureaucracy, will not impose more cost to taxpayers, will not diminish personal freedoms and will provide for a more efficient government.

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