Statement From Georgia Chamber On Governor Deal’s Signing Of HOPE Bill

Here’s a statement from Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark on Governor Nathan Deal’s signing of the HOPE Grant Expansion (HB 372) bill:

“One of the most critical keys to business success – and therefore job creation and investment – is the creation of a 21st century workforce that is prepared for today’s jobs and a sustainable pipeline that can provide companies the human capital they need for decades to come.  HB 372 will help us achieve that goal by broadening the qualifications for the HOPE grant in a way that will allow more Georgians to receive the skills and training they need and employers desire.  We applaud HB 372 sponsors State Rep. Christian Coomer and State Rep. Stacey Evans for all their hard work on the measure, the General Assembly for passing this bi-partisan legislation, and commend Governor Deal, Lieutenant Governor Cagle and Speaker Ralston for their strong support.”


  1. Michael Silver says:

    Now, the Governor should focus his attention at the high and rapidly increasing cost of higher education. The University System is stealing the economic benefit of an education from children with their grotesque greed. It has to be stopped!

    I think people would be shocked at the exorbitant salaries that are being funded with Hope and tuition money. The Chancellor gets paid $500K/year, Tech’s President makes $602K/year, and UGA’s president $648K/year. In contrast to the Governor who is only paid $139K.

    The University System is bloated with non-productive and administrators and disgustingly overpaid employee.

    Its time someone stood up for the students and their parents and started firing people and cutting salaries.

    • Charlie says:

      So strange that you want to perpetuate the myth that our front page contributors have a monolythic view on the issues of the day.

      Each person here is entitled to post their own opinion. We specifically choose contributors to make sure those differences are represented.

      In this case I specifically forwarded the release and asked it be posted while I was out of pocket earlier today because the topic of how HOPE money is used, and the issue of Georgia’s skills gap in our workforce with regard to technical training both generally generate a bit of worthy discussion.

      Also, quit being a dolt.

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