Roy Barnes unveils jobs program this week, talks jobs at Brunswick church

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes is expected to unveil his plan for shortening Georgia’s unemployment lines if elected in November. Components of the jobs program were delivered from the pulpit of a Savannah church on Sunday, according to a report by the Savannah Morning News’ Terry Dickson:

Barnes said he would create faith-based partnerships to help educate children and prepare workers. Churches and other faith-based organizations would help provide for children in foster care, would mentor students and help them prepare for tests.

Any company that has outsourced jobs overseas would be disqualified from bidding on state and local government contracts.

[Companies would be encouraged] to add jobs by waiving the state’s portion of payroll taxes for two years on new hires.

Georgia’s 6 percent capital gains tax  [would be waived] for anyone who reinvests profits from real estate and other sales to expand businesses or start new ones.

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Pat Goeckel

September 27th, 2010
2:44 pm

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Pat Goeckel

September 27th, 2010
2:50 pm

Your idea about punishing companies who out-source jobs is inspired. I would go one step further. Put a state tariff on any company that outsources their jobs and set it for 50% of the individual salary of each position. That would sure bring the jobs back or become a windfall profit for the state. Either way we win and the companies will learn that we will not sacrifice American jobs to people in 3rd world nations as a means to victimize them.


September 27th, 2010
3:04 pm

Reinvests profits from real estate? What profits are being made in this real estate market?

Waive state’s portion of payroll taxes for 2 years? 2 tears? How about PERMANENTLY !

More gobbledygook from an attorney, just like the one in The White House.


September 27th, 2010
3:05 pm

The companies that outsource part of their workforce are still the ones who employ the most Georgians.


September 27th, 2010
3:09 pm

Great idea putting a 50% tax on companies. Why limit it to 50%?

Just fine every company $1 million per day per employee for every employee not located in the state of Georgia.

That’ll show ‘em and, as you said, “sure bring the jobs back…”

There must be a knucklehead convention in town this week.

Oh, tell Fidel RGB says hello, er, comrade.


September 27th, 2010
3:19 pm

Roy likes faith based programs? Who knew?


September 27th, 2010
3:28 pm

Roy likes Faith-based programs?

His party is the pary of abortion, gay marriage & drug legalization.

Beware of wolves in sheeps clothing ! Anything to steal a vote.

General William T. Sherman

September 27th, 2010
3:55 pm

Being a “Union” man myself, I wholeheartedly endorse my old friend, Roy Barnes, for governor.

With the numerous carpetbaggers and scalawags in the Atlanta media, I’m certain Roy will get nothing but favorable coverage.

Road Scholar

September 27th, 2010
3:57 pm

Ga Voter: Yeah you gotta watch those liberals. Unlike the conservatives that preach christian values and then act with traits like intolerance, greed, judging others, adultery,…I could keep going!

Instead of insults and pointing fingers, why can’t Americans come to an agreement to discuss ways to move this country forward? Or are we so shallow that we can’t share our ideas intelligently?

Richard Bagge

September 27th, 2010
4:19 pm

GAVOTER, I think you’ll find that’s Neal Boortz’s Libertarian Party that is the party of “abortion, gay marriage & drug legalization,” and not the Democratic Party.


September 27th, 2010
4:21 pm

Road Scholar,

When have Pelosi, Reid & company wanted to share or exchange ideas with the opposition?

It works both ways. Since 2006 the 60s flower children have been calling the shots in Washington and the results aren’t favorable; now the fickle, short-sighted electorate is swinging the other way.


September 27th, 2010
4:51 pm

Richard Bagge,

You are half-correct.

Abortion, gay marriage & drug legalization is very much part of the Democrat Party agenda, whether you & the other liberals want to admit or not.

Ron Paul for President

September 27th, 2010
7:39 pm

A political candidate speaking at a church? Which ‘church’….and are they now going to have their IRS exemption rescinded?

Only liberals can get away with this, for the law does not apply to them

now the truth

September 27th, 2010
9:27 pm

If you read the Florida Times Union(south Ga) there were invitations sent to 50 pastors and their congragations,only about 40 people attended and most were not pastors.I bet ole Roy was quite disappointed and furious


September 27th, 2010
9:52 pm

Is it possilbe for the AJC to potentially do a positive story on Deal? Maybe even a negative or at the very least somewhat controversial story about Barnes? I mean surely Barnes didn’t somthing negative in all the years he was in public office right? So please try real hard to act like you are not just damn operatives for the DNC! Even though everyone knows that’s all the AJC is… Of course you are not alone. lol


September 27th, 2010
10:51 pm

This is taking things a bit to the extreme. One does not bring their political agenda for growth and employment to a church to be revealed. King Roy is a bit over the top on this one.

I wish King Roy, Repeat Roy or whoever he is, would have made public his plan for GA long ago instead of attacking Deal and others in the media. He “promised” before the primaries that he did not have to resort to mud-slinging, name-calling and the low-level politics we have seen. Yet, he lied to the voters and did it and is still doing it. Is he trying for repentence in showing off his proposals in a church? Nope, there is separation of church and state for a reason……..just say NO to King Roy.

now the truth

September 28th, 2010
12:34 am

Wonder if the AJC will review roys website snapshots and print the picture of ole roy and the bishop hand in hand since ole roy is preying on the church now?


September 28th, 2010
6:00 am

I was in Dalton Ga yesterday. Noticed the King Roy yard signs at all the trial Lawyers office’s. No where else

Fair & Balanced

September 28th, 2010
7:18 am

Let the AJC and Atlanta media keep attacking Nathan Deal. It only drives up Deal’s lead outside the Atlanta perimeter, where it will count on election day.

A trial lawyer that has made tens of millions suing Georgians and Georgia employers is not worthy of high office. Barnes was already evicted from the governor’s mansion once before.


September 28th, 2010
7:50 am

I was with him up to the companies that outsource…how exactly are you going to enforce that? Does he realize how many companies that would include?


September 28th, 2010
7:57 am

Barnes got my vote at “Any company that has outsourced jobs overseas would be disqualified from bidding on state and local government contracts.”, as this is something I personally can relate to.

Rankin Fyle

September 28th, 2010
8:26 am

Focus on the unmet needs in rural Georgia and win the election. Its that simple

Fair & Balanced

September 28th, 2010
9:11 am


Yeah, lets punish Georgia employers even more that might have to transfer some positions overseas out of business necessity. At some
point they’ll pack up and leave Georgia entirely.

Leave it to a trial lawyer that has never created a job or met a payroll to come up with such brilliant ideas. We’ve got one in the White House who has deemed the recession over and the econony is in recovery, though not a single job has been created.

Change you can believe in !


September 28th, 2010
9:32 am

deal got my vote!!


September 28th, 2010
11:31 am

I already votes for Barnes. Like the tea partiers said “vote the encumbants out” and in the case of Georgia almost all the incumbants are republicans.. we don’t need hypocryte deal in office.. anything resembling a politician out of Gainesville is bad news. Hell, Deal makes sonny look somewhat competent.

Pamela McGregor

September 28th, 2010
12:06 pm

We need a strategy for GA; NOT FOR DEAL’S Getting out of Bankruptcy plan. Deal’s life is as complicated at Eddie Long’s life. Both need time out to work with the legal processes. DEAL – TAKE TIME OFF AND STRAIGHTEN YOUR FINANCES. EDDIE LONG – TAKE TIME OFF AND DEAL WITH THOSE DEMONS WITHIN AND WITHOUT….Governor Barnes is the best person right now to sit with the ruling interests and see what GA can do to pull itself up. Republicans and Independents, take a deep breath and do what is best and put GA first!!!

independent thinker

September 28th, 2010
12:50 pm

Why is it a democratic or minority candidate can speak in a predominantly black church, but if a conservative candidate speaks in a predominantly white church, it’s a conflict of church and state? Just thinkin’


September 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

Two things turn my stomach and makes me punk.

#1-a photo of my ex mother in law still breathing, and
#2-Roy “Where is my Flag” Barnes


September 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

Georgia is not better than companies as to out sourcing jobs. The assigned risk pool for insurance is handled in Alabama. Why not in Georgia?

clear choice

September 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Barnes got my vote!!