Rep. James Beverly seeks job tax credits in poorest neighborhoods

mlee@macon.comJanuary 18, 2012 

State Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon, in office for less than a year, has filed his first bill, and it’s got some heavyweight signatures on it.

House Bill 747 would increase the state tax credit that companies can get for creating jobs in the poorest neighborhoods to a maximum of $4,000 each.

“It’s not necessarily smokestack chasing,” Beverly said. He’s looking to grow health-related micro-enterprises, say procurement, clustered around The Medical Center of Central Georgia and the Coliseum Health System.

The bill extends the $4,000 credit to areas in census tracts where more than 45 percent of the population is below the poverty line. That would refine where credit is available. Right now, it’s given only to the poorest counties on a county-by-county basis.

State Reps. Nikki Randall, D-Macon, and Allen Peake, R-Macon, both signed the bill, as did House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta.

No hearing date is scheduled yet.

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