Posted: 3:56 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014

Jason Carter targets Nathan Deal’s ‘grab bag’ of economic incentives 

By Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter unleashed a new line of attack against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal after the release of a federal report showing that only Mississippi has a worse unemployment rate than Georgia.

Carter’s campaign rolled out the above video and quickly arranged a telephone press conference to target the governor over the report, which documented more than 370,000 unemployed workers in Georgia – an increase of 17,000 from the previous month. Carter, a state senator, called the increase shameful and repeated his call for a renewed focus on education.

“Georgia has every ingredient to be a powerhouse but we’re not putting them together in a way that makes sense. And the governor doesn’t get it,” said Carter. “He’s still declaring victory and that, to me, is unacceptable.”

Deal’s campaign said the July increase is due to temporary seasonal layoffs, such as school bus drivers who have gone back to work. Deal spokeswoman Jen Talaber said Carter’s agenda would only be harmful to the economy – “job-killing tax hikes” was the phrase she used. The Democrat has said tax increases are off the table but hasn’t said specifically how he would boost education funding.

Carter, for his part, said he would support incentives and tax breaks for companies moving to Georgia or expanding operations here, but that he would spurn what he called Deal’s “grab bag” philosophy for those perks. He also pledged to ensure more incentives for smaller businesses, though he offered no specifics on how he would do that.

“Gov. Deal has just not articulated any vision at all. It’s a grab-bag of economic incentives. The key is investing in the workforce,” he said, later adding: “You have to build an economy and it needs a little bit of time. But right now we haven’t been building that economy. There’s nothing out there that shows us we’re moving in the right direction.”

Deal’s campaign pointed to unemployment figures that showed the jobless rate in Georgia fell each year Deal has served, from more than 10 percent to below 8 percent. And it cited a March 2012 AJC article, when the nation’s jobless rate was around 8.2 percent, that quoted Carter saying the state “is going to be incredibly competitive.”

Said Talaber:

“When Carter predicted our state would be “incredibly competitive,” he was right. Gov. Deal’s low tax, pro-jobs approach has worked and we’ve become the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business.”

104 comments
mrob
mrob

Oh snap! Nathan did create jobs in Georgia. What the hell I'm talking about?


I think he create jobs for gun manufacturing in Georgia to shipped to the Middle East.


Another "Wrong Deal" for Georgia.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Do not let the Georgia republican party change the narrative to anything but Jason Carter targets Nathan Deal’s ‘grab bag’ of economic incentives by deceiving, obfuscating, lying and demonizing the unemployed in this state.  Nathan Deal banked all of his political capital on how many jobs he has brought to this state so at the end of the day the other topic Georgia notched the second worst unemployment rate in the nation — 7.8 percent is his to own as well.  

mrob
mrob

I wonder if the  "Wrong Deal"  spoke of his great Georgia job creation and the need to bring jobs to Georgia to the people of  Israel?

But here in Georgia, the "Wrong Deal" spoke the wrong message. "Repeats Jobs" for bus drivers, was his message.


The cross-eyed bully, Zig Zag had it wrong, elected Jason Carter for Georgia new Governor and lets move Georgia back as American Champion of jobs creation and economic development for all Georgians--I, Mrob approved this message.

TheLine
TheLine

If you left wing retards hate GA so much please move to a blue state. Oh wait, none of you moochers can afford to live in a blue state.

TheLine
TheLine

Jason Carter said that he would spend a billion more on education. 

If GA is struggling economically then where would he get this magical billion dollars from?

Chris30338
Chris30338

The Party of Responsibility obviously are anything but. Heard a Republican add about how 400,000 people are supposed to lose their healthcare (didn't explain how) due to the evils of ObamaCare but didn't mention the fact that 500,000 would have gained healthcare if Deal had allowed for the expansion of Medicaid in GA and the thousands of jobs that expansion would have produced. But hey, at least we're better than Mississippi, right???


Republicans in Georgia: Counting on the ignorance of the rural masses to win another election.

gavalue
gavalue

This is really confusing to a poor country boy,  all of CORRUPT Deal's commercials say he has brought thousands of jobs to Georgia, could it be that the CORRUPT Yellow Teeth is NOT telling the truth... AGAIN

honested
honested

Some of the ridiculous wrong-wing comments on this thread suggest it is time for a chuckle.

Watch 'Save The Rich (Official Video) by Garfunkel and Oates' on youtube.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Number one for businesses, but number 49 or 50 for employees.

Peachs
Peachs

How can it get any worse? They give you 49th place just signing your name; I mean it is a joke to say anything does not work if you are from Deal’s camp.

You have one of the larger southeastern populations as a state.Mississippi only takes a handful in its 50th ranking; you take 8 million people with your train wreck. You have the Atlanta economic machinery, yet we put jobs in West Point so the Alabama people can have the suppliers to the Georgia plant. Drive over to Chambers County, Alabama and count the jobs created by suppliers of Kia paying taxes to Alabama. You have an inland port in Cordele that looks like an abandon parking lot. All Carter has to do is show up as a Democrat and the state will be rewarded by industrial areas around the nation that feel safe to conduct business in Georgia. Our port in Savannah should lead the way to economic recovery. Most states in this union are not on an ocean or have Atlanta, yet we are 49th. Georgia Tech alone could help this recovery, thrown in Emory, there are healthy nations that don’t have our resources yet we are a ghetto.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

High unemployment rate due to libs within the ITP.  Heck, we have a number of available high-tech jobs that usually are filled by GT graduates - the same type of grad that Jason wants to take away HOPE.

ThatTeacherGuy
ThatTeacherGuy

It's hard to believe that Deal isn't a teacher's best friend with that email he sent to teachers today.  But the furlough days, teachers health insurance (and other benefits) rising costs.  It was a shameless ploy to gain teacher's support, he hasn't sent one out his other years in office.  Jim Galloway, I'll be happy to forward you the email!

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

Well, the Guv and his cronies keep up a good job of killing public education, forcing closure of small, rural hospitals, and destroying every public service that we pay taxes to support.  They also do a good job of giving huge corporate tax breaks in the name of job creation, which is a hoax on all individual taxpayers.  When the ethics charges and investigations finally wake up voters, Deal will be retired to the GOP land of washed-up elephants. 

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Let's add to the Nathan Fiasco, the mess with the HOPE scholarship and HOPE grant programs.  Technical college enrollments dropped in some cases by 35% at a time when training was needed the most.  Surprisingly, the hardest hit were schools in rural, conservative communities.

Enoch19
Enoch19

lMaybe this would be a better headline "Galloway Echoes Carter in Another Mindless Shill for Hapless Dem".

Jke
Jke

Mr. Carter's years of experience and a jobs statistic for the month of July must be the reason that, "this ole Georgian" a/k/a Zell Miller, was so impressed with Mr. Carter.

td1234
td1234

2800 plus jobs added since June and when the bus drivers and cafeteria workers go back to the school system then the numbers will go back down next month. 

DS
DS

@TheLine

I love Georgia, but I can't stand the wrongheaded thinking we get from some (but not all) of our politicians.

For example, Nathan Deal is awful, but we have some good state legislators.

I'd rather stay in Georgia and elect better political leaders. We have some good choices.

I'd like to see more voters forget about voting straight party line and look at the individual candidates, just like you would if you were hiring for a job opening. (In a way, we are.) Don't hire crooked, deceitful, dishonest, incompetent candidates. Like Deal, for example.

honested
honested

@TheLine 

Maybe you can tell me, when does trickle down start to produce as promised?

Chris30338
Chris30338

@TheLine If we moved to a Blue state, forget about Mississippi, Georgia would be trailing Bangladesh.

Chris30338
Chris30338

@TheLine Take away some of the ridiculous tax breaks that obviously aren't producing the magical employment numbers that were promised when they were implemented. 

GaBlue
GaBlue

@Chris30338


They also rely on the ignorance of suburban masses. Too many people believe what they want to believe, and think it's sheer determination that makes their beliefs true, facts be damned.

honested
honested

@gavalue 

Well, that would require first identifying an instance when he DID TELL THE TRUTH to compare.

honested
honested

@Wascatlady 

I guess the plan is 'whatever it takes to return to the confederacy'.

Andy123
Andy123

@Peachs 

If you did your homework, you would realize the Asians don't like blacks which is why Yamaha picked Newnan and whatever that TV manufacturer is in Gwinnett picked Gwinnett decades ago.  Same goes for Kia.  This was pointed out to us by at least three professors back in college.    

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@MiltonMan Liar, the majority of tech training is provided by business schools of which their students do not qualify for HOPE even though the schools are accredited and the credits are transferable to other major colleges and universities throughout the country. The majority of tech graduates come from these schools with no assistance from HOPE what so ever. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@MiltonMan Fact-free information, brought to you by a redneck.  Thanks!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@ThatTeacherGuy - The Teachers Of Georgia and State Employees will vote against this Governor EN MASSE!

td1234
td1234

@CuriousPrime The HOPE should NOT go to tech students that have less than a 3.0 GPA. It should go to the best and brightest that wants to work hard to get ahead. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Enoch19  (Should we tell him that Galloway didn't write it, or just let him think how clever he is....)

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Jke Except it's not just July.  The last three months have been ones of declining employment.  Can't change that by being tribal about it.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

td

All you ever do is fantasize about Nathan Deal. Facts don't seem to be of interest to a guy in Fantasyland. Here is Bookman's column where he cites BLS numbers. You can discount it or spin it any way your warped mind wants to. But at the end of the day, this is an undeniable fact. Under Nathan Deal, Georgia has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in America. Period.

Read 'me and weep:

By Jay Bookman

According to fresh data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia's unemployment rate jumped by 0.4 percentage points in July and now is the second highest unemployment rate of any state in the country at 7.8 percent, trailing only Mississippi at 8 percent.

The national unemployment rate is 6.2 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has claimed that the Georgia increase "is primarily due to temporary seasonal layoffs in local government and manufacturing," but I'm not sure how much credence to give that explanation, given that these statistics have been adjusted to account for seasonal changes and that this is the third consecutive month in which Georgia's rate has increased. It is now up almost an entire percentage point since April.

Other numbers are equally ugly. In the last two months, the national economy has added 507,000 jobs. Over that same time frame, Georgia has added 3,000 jobs. And yes, it's true that like California, Florida and other states, Georgia was hit particularly hard by the collapse of the housing industry. But in the last two months, California has added 44,00o jobs; Florida has added 30,000.

Even Nevada, which at the peak of the recession had an unemployment rate of almost 14 percent, now has a lower rate than Georgia.

honested
honested

@td1234 

Reality just doesn't visit your house.

Were there 2,800 NET jobs added or just 2,800 in, 3,000 out?

You keep scrubbing but that pig is still dirty.

longmemories
longmemories

@td1234 So Georgia is the only state with bus drivers.  That's why we are now number 2.  Put off your partisan hat and think logically every once in a while.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Andy123 Selective discrimination is all good from your point of view and you wonder why your party is despised and rejected by the majority of Americans.  The only way that republicans can get representatives in Washington is by redistricting tactics which means that we have to become even more tactful to keep your sorry a$$es out of the democracy process.

honested
honested

@Andy123 

So your 'brilliant' assertion is that the State should institutionalize racism due to the similarly backward world view of Georgia rednecks and the 'Asians who don't like black people'?

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

@ByteMe


Your jorts a little tight on you gator boy?  Crawl back into your hole.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@CherokeeCounty We also probably shouldn't mention that this column last week spent a lot of time on Carter's grandfather and Hamas... two things that have nothing to do with being governor of Georgia.

td1234
td1234

@longmemories @td1234 Georgia changed its law this year about not allowing bus drivers to collect unemployment during the summer months. 

Andy123
Andy123

@honested @Andy123 

I make no claim either way.  I'm simply pointing out we were told by a few different professors in college that the Asian companies picked the suburban/exurban counties because they didn't like blacks.   What the state does is the state's problem, plus it gives you bet wetting liberals something else to cry about.  It must suck being a political minority nobody cares about.  I hear Michelle needs more money if you need something to do. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@honested @Andy123 He is a liar the president won 76% of Asian American votes over Mitt Romney 23%.  What he really means is Andy123 dislikes blacks. How about it Andy123 why throw a rock and hide your hand ? That's what cowards do.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 the numbers are "seasonally adjusted" meaning they already take that into account.  But keep flailing around like the guvnor's spokesmodel.

honested
honested

@td1234 @longmemories 

Doesn't that 'punishment' aspect warm your heart?

It doesn't add any credence to your imaginary employment numbers.

honested
honested

@Andy123 

What was this, one of nut getrich's 'renewing America' hogwash seminars?

If you don't want to be caught, don't lie.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Andy123 Another example of being in the politically minority.  Mitt Romney was supposed to kick off his “jobs and economy” bus tour at a Quakertown Wawa earlier today, but he decided to skip the scheduled event. About 400 – 500 people had gathered to greet the Republican presidential candidate – but about half of those were anti-Romney. Demonstrations in opposition to Romney  were called by former Governor Ed Rendell and Fight for Philly.~~~~Sunday June 17, 2014.


You see Andy123 I don't just post what ever sounds good most of the time I know what the hell I am talking about supported by facts and stats.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Andy123 Definition of political minority:  Rush Limbaugh, disgusts the majority of people in and outside of the country. He has been getting away with racism, homophobia, misogyny and bigotry, on our tax-paid public radio, for decades.  You seem to have no problem funding that.

mrob
mrob

@Andy123

What college and what professor made the statement??


Where's your proof??


Will the real Andy123 please stand up? Or, the real "The Dummy" td123 please stand up?? 

td1234
td1234

@honested Hope is a limited resource and should only go to the best and brightest. If you do not want to work hard they you are asking for a harder life. 


My children get the exact same message. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@mrob @Andy123 td123 says he is a business owner.   According to him and others like him hate and ignorance wins elections and makes the hater a mint in the state of Georgia and our ideology is in the minority so with that said he should stop being a coward by hiding behind an avatar with his hate speech.  Minorities all over this state need to know not to shop or spend with such a despicable alter ego.

mrob
mrob

@StraightNoChaser


I agree with you 100%. He/she don't have the guts to name the professor or college that made the hate statement.


I would like to know.