Republicans have made a real difference for families.  We’ve made progress, and we’re going to do much more.  1. Put more money in people’s pockets by encouraging job creation and higher wages   Georgia earned national distinction as best place to do business for five years running (Site Selection Magazine). New business and small business creation, expansion by existing businesses, and strong relocation growth to create and provide jobs. More Georgians working today and wages growing faster than national average. Passed legislation cutting state personal and corporate income tax rates from 6% to 5.75% in 2019 and 5.5% in 2020.  Provided first state income tax reduction since implemented in 1934. Invested in infrastructure to fuel a more prosperous future: ◦       Atlanta airport ranked first worldwide in passenger volume since 2000 and continues expanding. ◦       Committed funding to deepen Savannah port, ranked fourth nationally by container volume.  Began deepening 39 miles of Savannah River from 42 to 47 feet with completion...READ MORE
Jones highlights tax breaks in homestead exemption referendums Joe Parker Oct 15, 2018 MILTON, Ga. — Milton state Rep. Jan Jones outlined three homestead exemption referendums on the Nov. 6 general election ballot at the City Council’s Oct. 8 meeting. Following outcry over a sharp increase in assessed home values over the past three years, legislation passed in March will allow Milton residents to vote on a law that will cap future increases on homesteaded property values at 3 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. The legislation also rolls back the values on homes to the lowest level over the past three years. If passed, homeowners would need to apply for the exemption by April 1, 2019. Residents who already receive the exemption would not need to reapply, Jones said. Homeowners who purchase a Milton home prior to Jan. 1 can still apply for the exemption. Homes sold after Dec. 31 will be subjected to the prior...READ MORE
OpEd: Amico Should Apologize After #MeToo Misstep Marietta Daily Journal October 14, 2018 Recently, Democrat Lt. Governor nominee Sarah Riggs Amico made a disturbing comment during a campaign event that has sexual assault victims and advocates up in arms. During a speech in Ellijay, Amico suggested that Republican businessman, husband, and father of three, Brian Kemp, “might not make it four years” in the #MeToo era. She insinuated that Kemp – who is a longtime supporter of victims’ rights organizations – will eventually leave office in disgrace. Sadly, what some call a gaffe is clearly a campaign strategy. Abrams and Amico cannot win on the issues. Their agenda is simply too extreme. So instead, they have decided to plant seeds of doubt and destroy the character of a man with unquestioned integrity. This suggestion is clearly out of left field but so is their ideology. As a woman and mother of two daughters and two sons, I am ashamed of...READ MORE
BY JAN JONES Special to the Ledger-Enquirer  October 01, 2018 04:57 PM After 17 students were gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., hardworking Georgians demanded further action. During the previous legislative session, state lawmakers allocated $16 million for local schools to secure their facilities. We pledged our strong, steadfast commitment to protecting students. We promised to do our part moving forward. Recently, I was proud to stand with businessman Brian Kemp as he announced a comprehensive plan for school security in Georgia. As a mother of four children, this issue strikes close to home. Every parent’s top priority is the safety of their children when they are in another’s care. As a husband and father of three teenage daughters, Brian understands this concern firsthand. During his time in the State Senate, Kemp chaired the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and led the bipartisan effort on courthouse security reform. As Secretary of State, Kemp oversees the...READ MORE
Over the next few weeks, I’d like to highlight a few new local leaders from around the state. Georgia’s District 15 lost a great state representative when Paul Battles retired, but Bartow County has already chosen their replacement in Republican Matthew Gambill, who won the primary in May. While the rest of the state may not yet know his name, he comes from a family that has served our state for decades and I have no doubt that that Matthew will make his mark at the Capitol. Matthew is a community leader who has directed the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education for over a decade. He will bring that experience in education to Atlanta, as our state continues to find new ways to prepare students for the workforce. He is a member of Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce and works with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bartow County (among many other community organizations). He is married and...READ MORE
Over the next few weeks, I’d like to highlight a few new local leaders from around the state. My friends in House District 51 (Sandy Springs) will elect a new state representative in November to replace the retiring Wendell Willard (who will be missed greatly!). They have an excellent choice in Republican nominee Alex Kaufman, an Emory Law graduate who has worked for Sonny Perdue and the Fulton County Superior Court. Alex lives in Roswell and works for a law firm in Sandy Springs, so he understands Fulton county and its issues. He’s married and is involved in community organizations like Roswell Rotary Club and The Star House Foundation. He coaches a high school mock trial team and is a Braves/UGA football fan. I encourage those who live in his district to learn about Alex, as I hope he will serve the citizens of Georgia for many years.
Georgia’s new hands-free cell phone law went into effect this week. Holding the phone is prohibited unless you are legally parked. Drivers are allowed to use GPS, voice-to-text features and can make and receive phone calls hands-free. Georgia is the 15th state to implement a similar law. Distracting driving accidents, and deaths, are up sharply over the past several years, and this change will help save lives.
Early voting begins today for statewide and local office run-off elections. Here’s the Fulton County Republican ballot.
Like fellow Fulton County homeowners, my husband and I received our notice of reassessment.  Wow!  Forty percent increase, which is better than last year’s, but that’s small solace. Properties were reassessed at an average increase of 33% across the county.  I encourage you to appeal if you believe your assessed value is out of line. North Fulton legislators worked together this session to pass tax relief through homestead exemptions that will appear on the November ballot.  If passed, north Fulton school board, city and county property taxes will be subject to rolling homestead exemptions.  Taxpayers will be the winners – finally! Although these measures cannot take effect until 2019 (we could not hold referendums in time), they are critical to giving homeowners predictability and affordable property taxes. If approved by voters, reassessments will be reset and “frozen” at the lowest assessed value of 2016, 2017 or 2018 as long as homeowners own their homes. Homes purchased after 2018 will be...READ MORE