Release: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Democratic Party of Georgia Chair Issues Statement in Response to Gov. Deal’s State of the State Address
Atlanta, GA – Today, Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter issued the following statement in response to Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State address.
“In his speech, Nathan Deal said the state of our state is ‘strong and growing stronger every day,’ but the facts clearly show us that the state of Georgia is at risk of getting even further behind. Under Deal’s watch, Georgia’s middle class has withered, our school rooms are overcrowded, and the promise of opportunity has become a faded memory. Instead of laying out a path forward for our state, what Gov. Deal offered today are the same policies that crashed our economy and crushed our middle class.
“Georgia prospers when hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and every single Georgian has a fair shot. If we’re to become competitive in the country once again, we need to invest in our teachers, keep our workforce healthy, help send more students to college and provide them with job training, and tap in to the greatest resource we have—the talent and grit of the people of Georgia. We’ve tried the GOP’s top-down approach for more than a decade. And while it has benefitted a handful of folks at the top, it has wrecked our economy and devastated the middle class.
“I urge Gov. Deal to work with Democratic leaders in the state House and Senate and craft a vision for Georgia that invests in our workers and grows our economy from the middle out.”