Yes for trade authority
The congressional representatives Georgians send to Washington are facing a major vote: whether to renew Trade Promotion Authority legislation.
Passing this bill is critical to getting trade deals done that will open up new foreign markets and help our state’s small- and mid-sized businesses grow, creating more jobs in Georgia as well as across the nation.
The company I work for has more than 425 employees in Georgia and 10,000 across the U.S. Half of those jobs exist because of international trade and commerce.
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We provide insurance to small and mid-sized businesses, a sector that generates one-third of the goods Georgia exports.
Last year, about 14,500 companies in the state exported goods valued at nearly $40 billion -- with nearly nine out of 10 of them small and mid-sized businesses. When these companies have better access to foreign markets, it’s good for them, for Georgia’s workers, for the U.S. and, yes, for my company.
Congress should vote “yes” for Trade Promotion Authority. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Since FDR, every president, Republican and Democrat, has had this authority. A vote to renew TPA is a vote for growth and opportunity for Georgia’s small and mid-sized businesses.
-- David Lupica
Division President, ACE Commercial Risk Services
Stop it before it starts
Our mayor and commission just borrowed $14 million to fight blight, yet they continue to allow people throughout the county to degrade properties on virtually every street. Unless you stop blight in its infancy, $20 million will be needed much sooner than we can afford to pay for it.
-- Joe Hubbard
I was just thinking, Bruce Jenner was on a box of Wheaties 38 years ago, it would seem appropriate that Caitlyn should be on a box of Fruit Loops. Just sayin’.
-- Darlis Whitworth