Economic Gains Continue in Georgia

April 6, 2018

Talking Tax Reform with UPS in Roswell

It was wonderful to meet and speak with hundreds of UPS employees and constituents in Roswell on Wednesday morning.

I toured the facility while trucks were moving out for the day, and talked tax reform with drivers and some members of UPS's management team.

UPS moves 2% of the world’s GDP, and 7% of U.S. GDP.  

Because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, UPS is investing more than $12 billion to expand its smart logistics network, and making a $5 billion contribution to U.S. employee pension plans.

Thank you to UPS for the hospitality, and a special thanks to Russell, pictured above, who delivers to our office in Roswell every day.

Small Business Roundtable at Sigma Thermal Coming Monday  

Next Monday, April 9, I will join leaders from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to host a roundtable focused on how regulatory issues affect small businesses and economic growth in Georgia.

The event will be held at Sixth District small business Sigma Thermal.  Representatives from other local small businesses were invited to participate in the roundtable to discuss the impact of regulations and the federal role in creating a favorable climate to business growth. 

In addition to SBA and Sigma Thermal leaders, representatives from Arylessence, Air Techniques, Dustex, the Cobb Country Chamber of Commerce, and the UGA SBDC are expected to participate.

The SBA is working to learn about how regulations are impacting businesses in the Atlanta area.  The roundtable should allow us to work towards common-sense reforms that can help small businesses and our economy flourish.

Economic Gains Continue in Georgia

From February 2017 to February 2018, average hourly earnings rose 6% in Georgia.  That was the third highest increase among all U.S. states.

Thanks to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, the Treasury Department projects that 90% of Americans will pay lower taxes in 2018.  In the Sixth District, the average family of four is making an extra $4,420 this year, using the standard deduction.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that our economy added 103,000 jobs in March.  The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent.

Overall, we see that our economy is healthy and the outlook for economic growth remains strong as tax cuts are giving businesses the confidence to expand.


Furthering the Discussion to Fight the Opioid Epidemic 

This week I spoke to constituents at the Brookhaven Rotary to talk tax cuts, budget reforms, and the opioid epidemic.  At the meeting I had the chance to announce the first Sixth District opioid summit I will be holding on May 1.  The summit is intended to bring together experts to find common ground on how we can combat the opioid crisis.

Sixth District community leaders need to get on the same page to ensure we can fight this epidemic as quickly and effectively as possible.  I look forward to using this opportunity to identify resources to fight the epidemic through law enforcement, treatment and prevention.

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Karen C. Handel
Member of Congress