Georgia’s economy is on the rise according to state legislators

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Officials who represent middle Georgia at the state capitol building woke up early Wednesday morning to have breakfast with their supporters in Warner Robins. 

State legislators say Georgia’s economy is on the rise, but there’s still a lot of work that lefts to be done. 

After several long months in Atlanta, State Representatives and Senators are patting themselves on the back for what they say is a job well done. 
Officials met at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins for the chamber of commerce’s eggs and issues breakfast. 
Legislators say they’re most proud of ironing out a balanced budget for this fiscal year. 
State Senator Ross Tolleson (R, District 20) credits one of the reasons for the uptick in the economy to the water policy in the state. 
“If you don’t have water, you don’t have an economy. So we’ve worked real hard to do that,” Tolleson said. 
Officials agree Georgia has an opportunity to continue to boom for quite some time, but they must be ready for new opportunities. 
“We’ve got to have a trained workforce here for business to have ready to go employees,” State Representative Robert Dickey (R, District 140) said. 
He along with State Senator David Lucas (D, District 26) agree that middle Georgia has to be prepared to take advantage of the port widening efforts in Savannah once they’re completed. 
“I think we’ll be able to take advantages of industries who manufacture and export right out of Savannah,” Dickey said. 
Lucas thinks an additional penny sales tax increase could help the process.
“It’s the only way that we’re going to get money. We need about $300 million to finish the 75/16 interchange so that when this port is widened and deepened, trucks will be able to flow through Macon and middle Georgia,” Lucas said. 
All in all, Dickey says in most ways the peach state is right on track to move forward. 
“We’re doing the things right here in middle Georgia: to attract industry, to attract business, keep our military base viable and strong here, and I’m just proud to be a part of it,” Dickey said. 

All of the officials at Wednesday morning’s breakfast say the key is working together. Although there are times are there may differences, the priority should be on the people. 

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