Last week, 9th District Congressional Candidate Lee Hawkins went on the new Mike Evans Show (Nike Air is a sponsor I’m guessing from Mike’s fashionable footwear) – and criticized the popular 2010 JOBS Act, sponsored by fellow 9th District Congressional Candidate Tom Graves. So you don’t have to sit through the 13 minute Evans/Hawkins interview, here is what Hawkins said about the proposed legislation (at 10:42 in the video)…
“We’ve got a jobs bill that’s on the house side right now. Governor didn’t sign it last year. I don’t know whether he’s going to sign it this time. Really depends on the mechanism of the bill. You know we can’t go negative with that type of situation. Can’t give job credits, more credits than employers are paying in their income tax. Also on a federal level you know the Obama Administration has a similar approach to jobs.”
Hawkins, before joining the race with Graves, I might add, had a very different message back in 2009 when talking about the JOBS Act…
Hawkins also praised the Act as the most pro-business legislation the General Assembly has ever considered and believes its focus on protecting the small business will be the key to bringing Georgia through the current recession.
While Hawkins may think he is scoring political points by criticizing Graves’ pro-jobs legislation, he is going up against some well respected conservative organizations who have all publicly expressed their support for the bill – National Federation of Independent Business, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks.
In recent days the legislation seems to have stalled in the House Rules Committee, despite overwhelming support and unanimous passage by the Small Business Development and Jobs Creation Committee Chaired by John Lunsford. Some have suggested that House Majority Leader Jerry Keen, who happens to be a host for a fundraiser for Lee Hawkins in Atlanta on Monday, is holding up the bill in committee.
Others reject that criticism, stating that concerns over immediate revenue impact to tax collection may temporarily outweigh future benefits of the JOBS bill.
With Hawkins distancing himself from the Tea Parties and now criticizing the JOBS Bill, maybe that’s why Bobby Reese (Gwinnett County, website still under construction) sees a better shot of making a run-off over in the 9th instead the open Congressional seat in the 7th, where he actually lives.