ATLANTA, GA — FWD.us Regional Government Relations Director Jaime Rangel issued the following statement today in response to the close of the 2023 Georgia State Legislative Session, highlighting the positive discussions around workforce and economic growth legislation:
“While another session under the Gold Dome has come to a close, the need for pro-growth, pro-business, and pro-immigrant policies in the Peach State remains. And despite the lack of movement on key legislation this year, we’re encouraged by positive discussions and movement on key workforce legislation, including the Georgia Workforce Development Act (HB 131), which we hope to continue in earnest next year.
“We thank Representative Kasey Carpenter (R-Dalton) for being a champion for Georgia’s immigrants, workforce, and the best interests of the entire Peach State by introducing HB 131 and the bipartisan co-sponsors of this legislation. If enacted, HB 131 would help ensure other DACA recipients like me are able to attend college, earn an education, and help ensure Georgia remains economically competitive by expanding access to opportunity tuition rates. We also commend Chairman Chuck Martin (R- Alpharetta) and the rest of the House Higher Education Committee for holding a hearing on this legislation that would benefit all Georgians by adding as much as $10 million to the economy each year, in addition to providing all of Georgia’s youth with increased opportunities to become skilled professionals.
“At a time when our state is experiencing both high inflation and a labor shortage, our elected leaders must leave no stone unturned in ensuring an educated talent pipeline. It is in all Georgians’ best interest for the legislature to pass legislation like HB-131 that fosters our growth and prosperity, and I look forward to the work to come.”