There’s an interesting story today from AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin about how Georgia leaders’ rhetoric on the need to create jobs has not matched reality.
Here’s the beginning of his story:
Speaking to the state’s top business leaders in January, newly sworn-in Gov. Nathan Deal said Georgians would hear a common theme from their top officials.
“There is a mantra all of us will be repeating, and that is creating jobs for our state,” Deal said at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs and Issues breakfast.
House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, offered similar assurances to a state where unemployment remains above 10 percent.
“It’s time that we in state government focus on doing those things that will make us No. 1 in terms of sustaining jobs and creating new jobs,” Ralston said.
But with the 2011 legislative session more than three-quarters done, legislation specifically tied to job growth has largely been absent, or if it exists, is stuck in committee. And while Deal and other leaders say job creation remains a priority — and pre-election polls showed it was voters’ top concern in 2010 — some Georgians are concerned action hasn’t matched the rhetoric.
“I haven’t seen them do anything at all yet to help create jobs or help bring back jobs to industries that were lost,” said Gary Miller, 56, of Lilburn.
Also in the AJC:
In other media:
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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