Music Midtown Cancellation Causes $50M Loss for Georgia Economy As Film Industry Now At Risk From Abortion Ban
Gov. Brian Kemp still has not responded after Atlanta’s Music Midtown was canceled over safety concerns about his extreme gun agenda, but this latest cancellation is not the only potential blow to Georgia’s economy caused by Kemp. Just days before, a group of over 400 women producers and showrunners sent a letter to major production studios working in Georgia and other states whose Republican leaders have banned or severely restricted abortion, calling for protections for pregnant employees who seek abortions and reproductive care.
As Georgia’s economy loses Music Midtown, which drives $50 million to the state, the letter from women creative professionals is a warning sign that Kemp and Georgia Republicans’ extreme and dangerous agenda could even further damage the Peach State’s economy. After Kemp signed his extreme abortion ban in 2019, he said it was “fine” for businesses to leave Georgia and blatantly mocked industry leaders considering investing in our state. Now, after his restrictive abortion ban has taken effect, he’s remained silent on how it could impact the state economy — just as he’s refused to comment on how Georgia’s loose gun laws led to Music Midtown’s cancellation.
“As Gov. Kemp trumpets how the film industry brought $4.4 billion into Georgia, his extreme policies are risking it all — loosening gun safety laws, banning abortion, and censoring what kids can learn in school are alienating major industries from Georgia. Kemp is risking our state’s jobs and economy to secure support for his re-election campaign from far-right extremists who want to ban abortion with no exceptions, make it easier for criminals to carry concealed handguns, and stop Georgia kids from learning a full and accurate history of our country,” asserted Max Flugrath, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Under Kemp as governor, Georgia sank in the rankings for top states to do business. The plunge comes as Kemp is running for re-election and pushing unpopular, extreme, and dangerous policies that:
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