Questions:

North Fulton has received an unprecedented amount of state money for transit in the past year. What are your thoughts on future funding for transportation? 

Are schools receiving enough funding and support at the state level? What concerns do you have with public education and how can you help?

Is the state giving away too much in incentives to lure business? What is the best approach to remain business-friendly without giving away the farm?

 

State Senator, 48th District:

 

Matt Reeves (R):

Question 1: I am an infrastructure Republican. Taxpayers deserve a return on their investment of current taxes. I believe in an “all of the above” effort on transportation solutions to unclog traffic arteries, protect our quality of life, catch up on the growth we have experienced, and prepare for the future. 

Question 2: Due to the large number of students in our area, and the success of our schools, I believe that our schools are good candidates for additional State of Georgia funds, and I will advocate for additional school safety and other education funds that will reach our classrooms. 

Question 3: I want to keep our state income tax going down, and keep Georgia’s tax, regulatory and government climate favorable to job growth and economic development. We need to focus on business and quality of life issues for small businesses and their employees, such as low taxes, jobs, education, public safety, traffic solutions and healthcare. 

 

Zahra Karinshak (D)

Question 1: I am happy to see the boost in transit bond money in the 2019 budget. We must continue to fund transportation projects to ensure we are not crippled by gridlock. As your senator, I will seek and evaluate a host of transportation projects such as light rail and transit expansion options. 

Question 2: Simply stated: no. The formula used to fund public education, the QBE, has not been updated since 1985. This is unacceptable. I will work to fully fund our schools to give students a 21st century education so they are equipped to compete in the world economy. 

Question 3: Companies receiving tax incentives must be held accountable to create jobs, raise wages, and contribute to the region’s tax base. If companies fail to meet certain standards, which must be tracked, incentives should be withheld. At all times, I will work to be a responsible steward of our taxpayer dollars. 

 

State Senator, 56th District:

 

John Albers (R) (I)

Question 1: I have been a leader in this area and was proud to support the comprehensive transportation and transit plan this year, which will allow for direct support to our area. This will include Bus Rapid Transit and additional lanes to improve commute times and improve public safety.

Question 2: The state fully funded education in 2018, and during my tenure in office, we added considerable new funding every year. I lead the committee for school safety in the Senate, which is a top priority. I will assure everyone gets a first-class education in a safe and welcoming environment. 

Question 3: I led the efforts to analyze every incentive/credit and determine a ROI (return on investment) for Georgia. This process included eliminating some and expanding others. I authored legislation to put a proactive business case and review process into place to assure best practices, fiscal accountability and transparency. 

 

Ellyn Jeager (D)

Question 1: We need to find transportation options that use 21st century technology that will ease congestion on our major arteries. I also support the expansion of Bus Rapid Transit and other public transportation options.

Question 2: The schools are receiving funding based on formulas from 1985, meanwhile the cost of education has risen substantially. Salaries need to be competitive so they attract the best and brightest. I would support funding our schools at a 2018 level, improving technology in the classroom and offering wrap-around services for K-12. 

Question 3: The return on investment for bringing business to North Fulton has supplemented our economy and provided high paying jobs for many Georgians. The best approach to remain business friendly is to keep discriminatory legislation from interfering with Georgia’s competitive economy.

 

Questions:

North Fulton has received an unprecedented amount of state money for transit in the past year. What are your thoughts on future funding for transportation? 

Are schools receiving enough funding and support at the state level? What concerns do you have with public education and how can you help?

Is the state giving away too much in incentives to lure business? What is the best approach to remain business-friendly without giving away the farm?

 

Georgia House District 50

 

Kelly Stewart (R):

Question 1: We have to be able to work with GDOT to continue the plans it has in place for major mobility investments. We have to be able to reroute pass-through traffic, reduce local traffic and improve transportation all around. We certainly have to make transportation a priority because it affects all of our qualities of life. 

Question 2: This year was the first year that the state was able to fully fund the QBE formula, and I want us to be able to do that every year. We need to continue to make education our focus because that helps us have a successful workforce, helps bring business to the state and every link is connected to making our community successful. We need to continue to make sure we have safe, creative learning environments. 

Question 3: The government should not pick winners and losers in business but should treat all businesses fairly to where they are successful. We need to change the corporate tax structure to a fair simple corporate tax. I want us to invest in workforce development and our infrastructure. 

 

Angelika Kausche (D):

Question 1: Investing in infrastructure in a smart and sustainable way needs to be a priority in a fast-growing area like Johns Creek. Residents here feel like we pay for services for which we receive minimal benefits. I’d like to optimize current funding and drive future funding toward community-approved projects that provide actual traffic relief.

Question 2: Students are our greatest investments and many families sacrifice a lot to move to areas like Johns Creek solely for the public schools. Funding should be tied to costs and be periodically reviewed to reflect community needs. The current outdated funding formula needs to be updated to meet the demands of 21st century workforce. 

Question 3: Small businesses are Georgia’s economic foundation. The key to economic success is access to an educated workforce, capital and mobility. For small businesses to thrive I would invest in transit infrastructure and broadband in rural areas. While we are often eager to give incentives to large companies, providing more incentives to small businesses, keeping their tax burden low and giving them an opportunity to grow will benefit the state long term.

 

Questions

Are you satisfied with the direction of the country’s leadership? What does control of the House means for the future of the country?

Are schools receiving enough funding and support at the federal level? What concerns do you have with public education and how can you help?

At the federal level, what can you do to help local businesses and ensure Georgia remains a business-friendly state?

 

U.S. House District 6

 

Karen Handel (R)(I):

Question 1: Republicans’ policies have achieved tax cuts, historically low unemployment, highest wage increases in nine years, and more jobs open than people looking for work. Democrats have promised to repeal the tax cuts — costing the average 6th District family $4,400 per year — and to eliminate employer-sponsored health insurance.

Question 2: State and local tax dollars fund the majority of education. In Congress, I helped pass the SAFER Schools Act to provide new resources for school safety initiatives. Schools in Georgia are receiving $2.5 million in federal grants to ensure that our schools are as safe as possible. 

Question 3: In Congress, we passed tax cuts and eased onerous regulations that have fueled strong economic growth. Taxes are lower for our Main Street businesses, fostering job creation, expansion, higher wages, and even enhanced benefits. Georgia is also benefitting from federal grant dollars for Ga. 400 and the Savannah Port.

 

Lucy McBath (D):

Question 1: Congress has failed to solve the issues that matter most to people in Georgia’s 6th District. For those that have healthcare, it is too expensive, and people with preexisting conditions are left vulnerable. On the economy, Congress continues to give tax breaks to corporations without focusing on middle class families that make up my district.   

Question 2: Teachers do so much to support our students, and they are often left underfunded and under-supported. I plan to ensure the federal government plays a role in supporting teachers by providing the resources they need. I also would do all that I can to improve other services such as the expansion of after-school programs.

Question 3: As a former Delta flight attendant, I understand how important it is to keep Georgia businesses strong. I support the federal government expanding access to capital of Georgia entrepreneurs to start or expand their own business, and I also believe the administration must stop provoking other countries into trade wars that hurt our local economy.

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