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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 rein in wasteful spending and prioritize existing revenue rather than expecting hardworking families to pick up an ever increasing bill.
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. Supporting House Bill 147 and Senate Bill 45, 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.
In Georgia, we have many opportunities to improve our criminal justice system—to one that, improves safety, provides second chances, and lowers the burden on taxpayers. It is imperative that all citizens have fair treatment under the law.
Georgia currently boasts the highest number of individuals on probation in the country, with 1 in 25 adults under community supervision. We must make strides to reduce the number of Georgians under correctional supervision by reforming how our state tackles probation. AFP-GA will support restoration of rights efforts that make it easier for individuals who have paid their debts to society to successful return to their communities and have a true second chance at rebuilding their lives. We’ll advocate for Senate Bill 105, probation reform, and House Bill 330, driver’s license suspension reform, this legislative session.
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 307, which will make it easier for Georgians to access telehealth services.
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