ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2014--Kyle Jackson, Georgia state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement today in advance of Gov. Nathan Deal's State of the State Address:
"Based on the governor's stellar record when it comes to fiscal discipline, we expect him to outline an agenda that helps grow Georgia's economy and encourages job growth without burdening small business with higher taxes. He understands you can't spend your way to prosperity, and we expect him to continue looking for ways to make the best use of the revenue we already have.
"Governor Deal has also shown real leadership in opposing the federal government's bait-and-switch Medicaid expansion despite tremendous pressure. He understands that any expansion will inevitably lead to higher taxes on businesses, especially small businesses, and make things worse for Georgia families, not better.
"We also expect him to join legislative leaders in holding the line on any attempts to raise the state's minimum wage, a well-meaning but wrong-headed strategy that economists say would lead to fewer jobs for those who need them."
NFIB/Georgia is the state's leading small-business association, with about 7,300 members representing a cross section of the state's economy.