Jobs and Economic Recovery

LESLI MESSINGER

The most important issues facing the 1st Congressional District and our country is rebuilding the U.S. economy.  There is nothing more important than creating jobs and strengthening the struggling middle class.  Congress’s vital role in strengthening our economy will be my first priority as your Congresswoman. I pledge to:

  • Advocate investment to build, repair, and improve our District’s roads, bridges and infrastructure, vital for adequate emergency management and economic development progress.
  • Boost awareness of small businesses as critical to the U.S. economy in the 1st District, and work to stop penalizing small (and large) businesses and while providing them with real incentives.
  • Sponsor legislation to reward businesses that create, or retain, jobs within the U.S.
  • Be a strong advocate of investing in education in communities, and bolstering workforce development programs that extend to every American worker the chance to learn skills they can market in the current economy.
  • Work to promote tax credits for businesses who hire veterans and spouses of active military personnel.

The Port of Savannah and the Georgia Ports Authority

Elected officials must continue to ensure that the Georgia Ports Authority which oversees the busy ports of Savannah and Brunswick, receives the necessary funding to remain competitive with other ports along the East Coast.  One out of every 12 jobs in Georgia and the 1st Congressional District are directly related to the Port of Savannah’s ability to remain competitive, and accommodate the future of international commerce.

While other elected officials (both Democrats and Republicans) advocated for Federal funding, Mr. Kingston stood by and essentially remained silent on this important matter.  Mr. Kingston caved into special interests and the House Republican Leadership.  Kingston stood by, letting others do the “heavy lifting.”  Remarkably, when it came time to take credit for the funding, Mr. Kingston mounted a feeble public relations effort to suggest he was “behind” funding for the project.

JACK KINGSTON

The incumbent has a questionable record of voting on issues that would rebuild small businesses, and assist the jobless and boost the economy.

  • The Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010

In June 2010 the U.S. House voted to pass the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act, 247     170. Kingston voted against it.

  • The Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010

In March of 2010 the House voted to pass the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act, 246-178. Kingston voted against it.

  • The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

This 2009 Act was designed to assist those who may be able to remain in their home with a modest amount of government assistance. The bill got wide bi-partisan support in the House and passed, 367-54. Kingston voted against it.

Mr. Kingston has remained mostly “silent” on the most important economic driver directly affecting one out of 12 families in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District.  While other elected officials (of both parties) from Atlanta and Savannah rallied to support the funding needed to deepen and widen the Port of Savannah, Mr. Kingston has expressed confusing views, changing his position to suit critics and the Republican leadership in Congress.