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This year, AFP-GA will focus on policy reforms that unleash opportunity by removing barriers to economic mobility and growth, whether that be through reforms to spending or employment policy.
Sound Fiscal Policy
Unsustainable government spending limits economic opportunity for all Georgians and fuels special interest politics that rig the system in favor of the well-connected at the expense of everyone else. Lawmakers need to cap an out of control, budget-busting Film Tax Credit program, and lower taxes on all Georgians equally.
Helping Georgians Get to Work
Lawmakers should make it easier for Georgians to provide for their families through their chosen professions. By working with industry leaders and legislators, AFP-GA will look at ways to reduce or eliminate unnecessary occupational licensing requirements. We support legislation that lowers barriers for beauty service workers, and cuts red tape for small business owners like food truck operators. AFP-GA activists will work to help people rise and find meaningful employment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many facets of Georgians’ everyday lives—especially those of our children. This legislative session, Georgia’s lawmakers have the opportunity to provide the flexibility and support necessary to address every individual student’s needs.
All families should have the opportunity to pursue the right educational environment for their children, regardless of income or ZIP code. Allowing every kid to discover, develop, and apply their unique talents is important to improving Georgia’s education system. It’s time to give more children the ability to seek alternate educational opportunities, like an Education Savings Account (ESA). AFP-GA activists are throwing their full support behind House Bill 60 to create more options for all students to find the educational environment that best fits their unique needs.
Open exchange of ideas drives the innovation and progress that create opportunity. Georgia’s colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to provide an environment that allows students to do just that—engage with each other and a diversity of ideas. We support House Bill 1, the FORUM Act, to protect free speech on campuses across Georgia.
Every Georgian should have access to quality care that works for their budget. Without reliable access to medical care, families must travel farther, wait longer, and pay higher costs for the health care they need. There are many health care professionals that face barriers restricting their scope of practice. We will support legislation to remove these unnecessary regulations to expand access to health care, especially for rural Georgians. That includes through advocating for House Bill 629, which will make it easier for Georgians to access telehealth vision testing services.
We also support eliminating the Certificate of Need regulatory burden. As lawmakers address the mental health crisis facing our state, they should note that CON currently restricts new Psychiatric and Substance/Drug Abuse services and would be a important part of any mental health reform package.
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