The Issues – Georgia House District 48. Representative Dr. Betty Price
Economic Development and Tourism
North Fulton plays a significant role in the vitality of our county and state. We need to be prepared to host international visitors and put our best foot forward following protocols that ensure our success. The 48th House district has unique gems in our historic areas and the Chattahoochee River. We must welcome businesses and visitors to a flexible and adaptable milieu that people can readily access.
Representative Price is pleased to recognize and commend the four new craft beer breweries that have added so much to the local community spirit and are making Roswell a great destination tourism stop. As this business segment booms, we must be well connected to the hospitality industry.
We need to attract businesses, retain businesses, lead in innovation, and provide the regulatory and tax climate that keeps Georgia the #1 place to do business.
The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms for defense of life and liberty.
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.”
Representative Price opposes any law that attempts to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens. We need serious proposals to prevent the dangerously mentally ill and violent criminals from acquiring firearms.
As an NRA member, Rep. Price supports a populace that is trained in gun use and gun safety, prepared and ready to take out any assailant that preys upon our children and loved ones, in schools or businesses or entertainment venues or any other gathering places.
Government Affairs Elections Subcommittee
As a former poll manager, Rep. Price knows the importance of one person-one vote and citizen only voting by properly marked identification. She works toward ballot security, fairness and equity in ballot access, and ensuring that when our antiquated voting machines are replaced, there is a way to verify by paper any electronic voting method.
When requested by city officials, Rep. Price has supported term limits for mayors and city council members. Where one mayor exceeded his known or should have known term limit, legislative solutions are not attainable, thereby throwing the resolution of the issue to the costly judicial system.
State of Georgia Budget
The main job of the legislature is to set the state budget. The Fiscal Year 2019 budget sets state spending at $26 billion, a $1.03 billion or 4.1% increase over FY2018. The state is spending less per capita, however, than it was in 2008. The new spending is in the non-discretionary areas of education: K-12 and Higher Ed (56.3%), healthcare and human services (33.6%), and for all of public safety, economic development, general government agencies, and debt service (10.1%).
Specific notable areas of appropriations include deepening the Savannah harbor paid for by bonds, assistance with rural downtown redevelopment, new school buses, grants for school security, a one-time benefit adjustment for retired state employees, a “Georgia grown” marketing program, child advocacy centers, hurricane debris removal, behavioral health services such as crisis services, opioid abuse counseling and suicide prevention, increased nursing home reimbursement rates, Dual Enrollment growth response, and the Teacher Retirement System.
Low academic rankings are multifactorial, but given the hours each student is in school, we must demand rigorous standards modeling after demonstrably successful learning environments. Low performing schools have been given assistance through HB 338.
A refocus on the basics and not allowing our schools to become havens of indoctrination or trendiness, will make each day goal oriented. Students must be held accountable and excellence valued. Students work best in an atmosphere where disciplinary problems are dealt with appropriately and swiftly, and are not swept under the rug.
State dollars should follow a student, regardless of the academic setting. Students should enter a course of study that allows them the maximum opportunity to reach their full potential, be it a pre-college curriculum or a work ready program designed specifically to match job needs.
We have the right, and now have the ability, to know where our local school system dollars are going since HB 139 passed.