The Georgia House of Representatives passed the Jobs, Opportunity, and Business Success Act of 2010 (HB 1023) sponsored by Representative Tom Graves on Crossover Day.
The vote was 154-8. Every Republican voted Yea except for Bobby Franklin. The legislation only saw 7 Democratic Nay votes.
“In the middle of a national budget crisis, while many states are looking to raise taxes in order to cover their budgets, I am proud Georgia has taken a different approach and will now lead the nation in economic recovery,” said Graves. “The JOBS Act is exactly the shot in the arm we need and will put Georgians back to work.”Graves first introduced the JOBS Act last year and the legislature overwhelmingly supported the bill. Unfortunately, it never became law.
“Instead of throwing in the towel, we rolled up our sleeves and went back to work.” said Graves.
“We gathered ideas from the Governor’s office, House and Senate leadership and conservative members in the General Assembly and crafted a better bill that makes it easier to create a business in Georgia, provide access to much needed start-up capital, incentive employers to hire those seeking employment and reward hard work and success with lower taxes.”
As you may recall, Lee Hawkins called the JOBS Act a “sham”.
“Graves’ so-called jobs bill is a sham,” said Hawkins. “His legislation contains fine print that would only allow it to take effect if there is a budget surplus in the state of Georgia. But he knows full well that today we have more than a billion dollar deficit, and we are years away from having a budget surplus. It won’t create a single job. It’s just another fake gimmick that politicians have used for years to trick voters.”
Hawkins claims that this bi-partisan bill with overwhelming Republican support is a sham. It seems that his colleagues in the Georgia House of Representatives don’t think so. I wonder if Hawkins knows something that they don’t. Is Hawkins out of touch with the Georgia Republican Party or is the GAGOP out of touch with Hawkins?