State of Georgia Archives: on Budget & Economy


Jon Ossoff: COVID: Another round of $1,200 stimulus checks

During a portion where candidates pose questions to each other, Ossoff said he would ask Perdue "why he continues to oppose $1,200 stimulus checks for the American people at this moment in crisis, why he fought against them in the first place and why he isn't in Washington right now championing direct financial relief?"

"If I had the opportunity to ask the senator a question, if the senator were not too much of a coward to debate in public, then that's what I'd ask him," Ossoff added.

Source: The Hill blog on Senate Runoff: 2020 Georgia Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: COVID: Brought $47 billion to help Georgia jobs, businesses

Loeffler: I've worked hard to deliver relief to Georgians during this pandemic, and I'm continuing to do that. What I'm working on is making sure that we can get the economy going again, that we can drive forward after this pandemic. And I've been working side-by-side for my colleagues to make sure that we get that done, and we have delivered results. $47 billion that I brought here to Georgia saved 1.5 million jobs at small businesses.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Need to invest in infrastructure, green energy jobs

Warnock: We need to begin thinking about how we survive on the other end of the pandemic. While we're providing relief, I think it's time for us to start thinking about an infrastructure program here in this country that will repair our roads and our bridges, begin to build green energy and green energy jobs, provide jobs with a livable wage, and position our economy to lead into the future. I think that we should make sure that whatever we do, workers are at the center of that relief.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Republican Senate will mean paralysis and gridlock

This is about the human stakes of this election. We all know what will happen if Mitch McConnell maintains control of the Senate, it will be paralysis and gridlock in Washington at a moment when thousands of Americans are dying per day and millions of families and jobs and livelihoods are at risk. I think that Georgia voters recognize that the capacity of this incoming administration to govern and to enact legislation to lead us out of this crisis depends upon victory here.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2020 Georgia Senate race press conference Nov 30, 2020

Raphael Warnock: All Americans deserve prosperity

On opportunity: "I have been preaching in this campaign the same message I have been preaching for years," Warnock told NBC News. "I've been trying to point us toward the highest ideals in our humanity and in the covenant we have with one another as American people--that all of us deserve an opportunity to create a prosperous life for us and our families."
Source: NBC News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 7, 2020

Jon Ossoff: For stricter government oversight; cut duplicate programs

Ossoff was motivated to move into public office by excessive government spending. "Both parties in Washington waste too much of your money. When I worked there I helped expose waste and abuse by government contractors. We need stricter oversight and tougher penalties. They need to be held accountable. And there's $16 billion in duplicate programs. That can be cut," he said.
Source: Fox News on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 4, 2020

David Perdue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a "rogue agency"

Q: Tighten or loosen regulation of banks and credit card companies?

Perdue: Loosen. Supports "rollback of federal banking regulations." Calls Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "rogue agency."

Ossoff: Tighten. Seeks more regulation of the banking system, reinstating Glass-Steagall Act.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Derrick Grayson: End ever-increasing spending to keep system from imploding

Q: What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

A: Balancing the budget under our current monetary system is a myth. It must be abolished and replaced with a monetary owned by the people and is interest free. Our current system requires ever increasing borrowing to meet the needs of ever increasing spending just to keep our current system from imploding.

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: None.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Ed Tarver: End fraud, waste, and abuse in all departments of government

Q: What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

A: As a U.S. Senator, I will work to end fraud, waste, and abuse in all departments of government and within government programs by

  1. implementing internal controls and collecting debts owed to the government;
  2. ending mass incarceration through the use of technology-based alternatives for non-violent offenders; and
  3. ending tax breaks and subsidies for big oil, gas, and coal companies.
Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: More regulation of banks, reinstate Glass-Steagall Act

Q: Tighten or loosen regulation of banks and credit card companies?

Ossoff: Tighten. Seeks more regulation of the banking system, reinstating Glass-Steagall Act.

Perdue: Loosen. Supports "rollback of federal banking regulations." Calls Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "rogue agency."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: Government has no Constitutional authority for stimulus

Q: Before a vaccine becomes widely available, should Americans be afforded another stimulus check? If so, for how much and who should be eligible to receive it?

A: For the Constitution there is zero power for the federal government to stimulate the economy through the issue of debt and Fiat currency."

Source: Atlanta Magazine on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 27, 2020

David Perdue: Endorsed by Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce endorsement: "The Georgia Chamber endorses Sen. Perdue because he truly knows and cares about Georgia small businesses, our large employers, family farmers, foresters and manufacturers," Chamber President/CEO Chris Clark said.
Source: Albany Herald on 2020 Georgia Senate endorsements Oct 24, 2020

David Perdue: Supported Opportunity Zones to incentivize investment

David knows that when economic opportunity is elusive to underserved communities, hope evaporates for them. Opportunity Zones incentivize investment in communities that are thirsting for economic mobility. David was an important voice in passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which created Opportunity Zones, and we're seeing them make a clear impact across South Carolina and Georgia with thousands of individuals gaining access to new paths out of poverty.
Source: August Chronicle on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 23, 2020

Jon Ossoff: COVID: Put families & small business ahead on relief

We need leaders who empower public health and medical experts during a pandemic, instead of politicizing their response. We need leaders who will level with us about threats to our health and our prosperity, and who will promote economic relief that puts working families and small businesses ahead of special interests and huge corporations.
Source: Atlanta magazine on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 23, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: COVID: We need to reopen our economy

Every day our economy remains closed--even partially--we lose jobs, shutter businesses, and destroy entire communities. That's why we need to reopen our economy, get rid of disincentives that are keeping workers at home, and encourage new investment in our businesses and communities.
Source: The Brunswick News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 15, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: COVID: No bailout to "blue states" for socialist policies

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are trying to ram through a $3 trillion blue-state bailout--which would funnel millions into poorly-run Democrat states and liberal pet projects. The fact is that Americans in need should receive assistance, but they don't need an out-of-control government using coronavirus as an excuse to enact socialist policies. Instead, I'm going to continue to advocate strongly for a relief bill that is targeted to help only those who need it the most.
Source: The Brunswick News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 15, 2020

David Perdue: For Paycheck Protection Program, pro-market solutions

COVID-19 has been an unprecedented crisis, and we took unprecedented steps to protect our most vulnerable. We shut our entire economy down, and it took a tremendous toll on our employment numbers. One of the great things about the CARES Act was that it established the Paycheck Protection Program, which put out millions of loans targeted to small businesses. It's been a lifeline. With pro-market solutions that engage people to get back to work, we can safely get our economy going again.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

Jon Ossoff: COVID: we need more direct relief from federal government

Those who have [been] working have lost their jobs in so many cases. The health impacts have been most severe on America's seniors, and we need more direct relief from the federal government for ordinary people, including America's seniors. This is a great example of why we need to strengthen and protect Social Security, so that during difficult times, America's seniors can rely upon those vital benefits, which they've paid into their entire lives.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Cut regulations; encourage investment; lower taxes

We've got to fully open our economy, get employees back to work. We've got to make strong commitments to bringing manufacturing back to America. I introduced my Beat China Act to reduce costs and reduce our dependency on foreign countries for health care and related products. We need to keep cutting regulation, encouraging American investment, lowering taxes and allowing free markets to restore prosperity and opportunity for all.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Social safety net is unique work of government

I think this extraordinary time we're living in underscores the importance of the social safety net. We have to make sure that the people who can't work have the benefits they need. We have to make sure that when people are unemployed, that unemployment insurance benefits are there. The last thing we want is seniors having to dip into their pensions in order to fend off poverty. This is the work that government can uniquely do.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Upgraded infrastructure foundation for decades of prosperity

To create millions of jobs, revitalize our economy, and alleviate poverty, I'll support the most ambitious infrastructure program in history. Upgraded infrastructure will serve as the foundation for decades of prosperity, sustainability, and health.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Investment in infrastructure is overdue

I'll push for an unprecedented infrastructure program that includes big, overdue investments in transportation and transit, clean energy, energy efficiency, public health, communications, research and development, emergency response, and environmental cleanup. Infrastructure includes energy production and the grid, transit, roads, bridges, tunnels, rail, aviation, ports and waterways, communications, cybersecurity, water treatment and distribution, housing, and public health.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

Raphael Warnock: A stimulus package must help working people, not just rich

Warnock said it's important any stimulus relief package keeps "struggling families and working people" at the center.ˇ "We've seen stimulus packages before and sometimes they have done more than enough for people at the top--and well-connected corporations and corporate interests--and not nearly enough for people who are just sheltering in right now, dealing with everyday bread-and-butter conversations: Will I have a job next week? If I don't, will the unemployment check come soon enough?"
Source: Huffington Post on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Apr 16, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: Invest in infrastructure for rural farmers

Fully fund conservation programs that reward farmers who practice conservation methods related to land management, water conservation and more.

Support initiatives that strengthen rural communities to ensure Georgia's hardworking farmers have access to transportation, processing facilities, rural broadband expansion, health care services and related infrastructure needed to be successful and maintain a desirable quality of life.

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Support record economic growth, job creation under Trump

Loeffler said, "I have 25 years of business experience, so I'm very interested in making sure we're doing things to help the economy, whether it's supporting the record economic growth, job creation, lowering the cost of health care (and) increasing access," Loeffler said.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 29, 2019

Brian Kemp: Georgians First Commission: more diverse economy

Through the Georgians First Commission, we will review regulations that make it difficult for job creators to hire, expand, and invest. We will work to make government more efficient and put hardworking Georgians first. I am confident that we can build a stronger, more diverse economy. We can add a new designation to Georgia's resume: #1 for small business.

With conservative budgeting, Georgia has maintained a triple-A bond rating. Our Rainy Day Fund stands at $2.5 billion. Our fiscal house is in order. Last year, the Legislature lowered state income tax rates and fully funded public school education. I am confident we can do it again.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Georgia legislature Jan 17, 2019

Jon Ossoff: Fund public media, guarantee editorial independence

Our new Zuckerberg-Murdoch era presents a genuine crisis for media and democracies. There is at least one solution: invest more public funds in independent, public-interest journalism. For democracies to function, citizens need ready access to superb journalism produced for accuracy and relevance rather than sensation, partisanship and profit. As a matter of urgency, the US Congress should dramatically increase funding for public media and reinforce guarantees of their editorial independence.
Source: TBI Weekly on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jan 1, 2019

Casey Cagle: JOBS: hire unemployed Georgians & incentivizes new business

Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website CaseyCagle.com Jul 4, 2018

Stacey Abrams: Invest in community businesses

Small businesses employ more Georgians, and they can be started anywhere. As Governor, she will direct more economic development dollars to hometown businesses. Funds will be targeted to reach low-income communities and rural counties, and we will help Georgia businesses expand by offering access to capital.
Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website StaceyAbrams.com Sep 1, 2017

Casey Cagle: Expect state government to balance budget & reduce waste

Georgia's Constitution requires a balanced budget, and our citizens should be proud that we have weathered the recent economic downturn without raising taxes. This has taken some belt tightening on the part of government. However, if Georgia families can balance their checkbooks, then we should expect our state government to do the same.

Lt. Gov. Cagle has led the way by creating new avenues for citizens to report government waste, and fighting to eliminate unneeded programs from the state budget. This hard work has resulted in Georgia government running leaner than ever, and is why our state is one of only a handful that enjoys a top credit rating.

We must remain vigilant in the fight against government waste. As our economy improves, there will be those who want to create new programs without careful thought. The better choice is to be wise, prudent and careful with taxpayer funds, ensuring our state rebuilds its rainy day fund and continues to reduce the tax burden on our citizens.

Source: 2018 Georgia gubernatorial campaign website CaseyCagle.com May 2, 2017

Karen Handel: Cut spending and reduce regulations

Karen Handel promised to cut spending, repeal Obamacare and reduce regulations when she announced her candidacy in the 6th Congressional District special election. "I have a record of standing up and fighting the status quo to get things done," Handel said, "and I will take that fight to Washington."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2017 Georgia 6th House race Apr 18, 2017

Jim Barksdale: Audit the federal government to weed out double-spending

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website JimBarksdale.com Aug 31, 2016

Nathan Deal: Mandated spending is shrinking discretionary budget

Our mandatory entitlement spending continues to grow through no fault of our own. Although we have seen our revenue grow, we have also seen mandated expenditures grow in the areas of health care and education, taking up ever larger segments of our overall annual budgets. In fact, the discretionary portion of the budget, which is now roughly 17 percent, continues to shrink. Rising health care costs continue to be a major factor.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Georgia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Tom Price: Stimulus package favors Democratic projects

Far from rolling over, House Republican leaders are trying to win concessions from President Obama over the massive economic stimulus package and have proffered a bill of their own to put on the negotiating table. "People are recognizing very quickly that's it's not one, stimulative, and two, it's full of all sorts of things that are sort of favorite political projects of the Democrat majority," said Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
Source: Fox News Town Halls on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 24, 2015

Rick Allen: Washington's spending-addicted politicians are the problem

Washington does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. The spending-addicted politicians in Washington are doing nothing to solve it. Upon being elected to Congress, I'll immediately push for a Balanced Budget Amendment that will force Washington to tighten its belt and reign in wasteful spending.
Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, RickWAllen.com Nov 4, 2014

Amanda Swafford: End the Federal Reserve; explore alternative currency

We need to seriously consider ending the Federal Reserve and returning to a more sound and transparent monetary policy. Let's explore alternative currency systems and end the idea that banks and businesses are too big to fail. Let's end the government's ability to artificially inflate, confuse, subsidize, protect, exclude, regulate and overall tamper with our markets.
Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, AmandaSwafford.net Sep 30, 2014

Amanda Swafford: TARP manipulates the free enterprise system

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Swafford: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Swafford: Our economy and free enterprise system has been manipulated by a powerful Federal government that uses programs like T.A.R.P., Cash for Clunkers or Frank-Dodd to pick winners and losers. We must get back to a true market system and remove the hand of the government from so much of our economy.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

David Perdue: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Perdue: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Perdue: Reforming our broken tax code & reducing our regulatory burdens: We need to get our economy back on track and the only way to do it is less government regulations (repeal Dodd-Frank, stop Carbon tax, repeal ObamaCare) and lower taxes

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Paul Broun: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Broun: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Sequestration is absolute wrong way of making cuts

Q. What do you make of the debt ceiling shenanigans of the past two years?

A: We cannot fool around with defaulting. It's part of what's created the uncertainty that we know, at least economically, the threats of shutting down, the threats of default. Business needs certainty in order to invest and it's important that our leaders act responsibly around this issue.

Q. What did you make of the House Republican's last attempt to tie debt ceiling to restoring the sequester cuts to veteran pensions?

A: What I would say is we need to, as much possible, ask our leaders to act without brinksmanship or gamesmanship around these issues.

Q. So you're against the sequester?

A: As people have said repeatedly, sequestration is the absolute wrong way of making the cuts. Nobody in business would cut across the board, they would cut strategically. And we are going to have to make difficult cuts but we are not going to do it effectively when we do it through sequestration.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 6, 2014

Nathan Deal: We survived Great Recession, and reformed state government

In January 2011, this Capitol building was engulfed in the worst snow and ice storm in several decades. In hindsight it was analogous to the deep freeze that had descended on the economies of the US and Georgia, which is sometimes referred to as the Great Recession.

Although the sunny January days in Georgia melted the effects of our surprise storm, no such relief was forthcoming for the economy. Businesses closed; buildings became vacant; families lost their homes. Congress applied historical amounts of financial salt and sand, known as the stimulus, on the ice laden roads of commerce, but traffic still could not move. Georgia reduced spending and consumed cash reserves.

I will not recount further the disastrous effects of the Great Recession on our citizens, some of which have left permanent scars. Instead, I want to tell you how our state government not only survived, but have reformed our operations in order to better serve our citizens.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Georgia legislature Jan 15, 2014

Tom Price: Deficits created by stimulus threatens economic stability

One thing that the stimulus has created is an unprecedented budget deficit. The budget shortfall was $1.4 trillion, nearly four times the deficit of the previous year. Congress will soon be forced to increase the federal debt limit that already sits at $12.1 trillion. This will be the fifth increase in the debt limit since Democrats took control of Congress. The deficits created by the stimulus are not only unsustainable in the long term but have grown so large they threaten economic stability.
Source: The Hill on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 17, 2009

Josh Lanier: Congress is out of control on spending

I was a founder of a company developing environmental technology. I was also a CEO of 3 national associations. I was a staff member in the House and Senate for over a 35 year period. The Congress is out of control on spending.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Lead the way to protect home ownership

My job as CEO of Dekalb County is to educate people on home foreclosure. They need someone to speak up for them in Washington. I would lead the way to protect home ownership. There are over 8,000 homes a day being foreclosed on and itís ironic that the government bailed out Bear Sterns in Wall Street while there are millions of American families losing their homes every day.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Record of balancing budgets and not raising taxes

Senator Sam Nunn was a fiscal conservative and I am along the same lines. I have a record of balancing budgets and not raising taxes. Maintaining the best stewardship of taxpayersí dollars is so important. 11
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

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