Rick Jeffares wants to keep our government focused on its core mission and ensure that Georgia remains the best state in the country in which to live and work.
As Lieutenant Governor, Rick will take the approach he has always taken to make our government work. He will focus on the following priorities:
Fight for Conservative Values – Georgia is a conservative state. We love our neighbors and respect different points of view but we are in the whole, conservative. To Rick, that means we want the freedom to live our lives as we see fit with minimum government interference. The freedom to worship as we choose. The freedom to exercise our constitutional rights to express ourselves, protect ourselves and to pursue happiness in our own way without limiting our neighbors’ rights to do the same.
- Fight to protect and expand second amendment rights
- Protect the rights of the unborn
- Stand by his vote for religious liberty
Repeal Old Laws – As Lt. Governor, Rick will pass legislation requiring the elimination of 2 regulations for every new regulation passed. This will reduce paperwork and compliance costs for businesses that have to navigate often arcane and obsolete regulations and reduce the casual creation of new red tape for Georgia citizens.
Reduce Tuition Costs – The HOPE scholarship is great but it has discouraged fiscal responsibility in our higher education system. With HOPE picking up the tab, fewer parents have a stake in tuition costs. A lot of kids get HOPE, some don’t. Some others lose it when they can’t keep their grades up. A B- average should not mean bankruptcy for that student’s parents. Lottery money should not mean a lack of fiscal discipline in our university system.
- Lock in tuition costs for each student over a four-year time period. Tuition for incoming freshmen will be locked in as their per-credit cost for four years.
- Cut the cost of online classes, which currently cost the same as classes in brick and mortar classrooms with faculty.
- Ensure that core curriculum credits are transferrable between Georgia colleges and universities so students who complete 100 and 200 level classes don’t have to repeat the same classes if they transfer to a another college or university.
Boost Technical Education – 70% of Georgia’s kids do not finish college [2014 #’s]. A college education is a wonderful thing — Rick has a Bachelor’s degree in management — but it can come with enormous debt and many Georgians choose to pursue careers best served by our technical college system. There are many rewarding, high-paying jobs in our state sitting empty because of a lack of qualified technical college-trained applicants.
Businesses are looking for individuals with a technical education and make decisions on expansion and relocation based on where they can find or train a qualified workforce. We can grow our economy and create untold numbers of jobs by expanding and improving technical education in Georgia.
- Expand career academies throughout the state
- Increase funding for technical colleges
- Partner with industries to develop future workforce-ready employees
- Partner with local communities to ensure industries have the desired workforce
Rural Economic Development – Rural Georgia has different needs and priorities than Atlanta. Both are important: Atlanta is the state’s economic driver, home to 15 Fortune 500 companies and 26 in the Fortune 1000, and the world’s busiest airport. Rural Georgia is a different kind of economic engine and we must not forget that agriculture and agribusiness are the largest sector of Georgia’s economy. Savannah, Macon and other population centers have different needs from port infrastructure in Savannah to manufacturing and logistics in Macon.
- Champion the continuation of port improvement projects:
- The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project
- Find advances in freight rail structure and implement:
- Identify potential freight improvement projects
- Development of “inland ports”
- Development of new intermodal rail yards
- Rural infrastructure improvements:
- Broadband Internet Services expansion
- Healthcare availability and trauma centers
Transportation – Our transportation infrastructure is our Achilles heel. Different communities need different solutions and we need to be open to all of them. The Atlanta region needs more and better roads. Savannah needs highways and other infrastructure to support its port. Rural communities have a variety of local needs to maintain or replace often long-outdated systems in order to safeguard communities and industries.
- Pass last year’s Senate Bill that would create a Georgia Regional Transit Council. This council will create a statewide plan for a “seamless transportation network with dependable trip times for commuters.” Included in the plan will be limited access highways, road congestion relief, safety enhancements and plans for future transportation innovations.