Senator Jack Hill from Reidsville was in Statesboro Saturday and told a gathering at R. J.’s Steakery he was optimistic about Georgia’s future in general and southeast Georgia in particular.
Hill cited the expansion of the Savannah ports as one example. He said $32 million in the 2015 state budget brings state funds to $260 million. He said he with more funds from the federal government he expects to see the project get underway in about six months.
He said Georgia’s tax revenues are improving while its population is growing and that will result in more needs for those additional residents. More retirees, more people qualifying for Medicare, more education costs and other factors will increase costs for the state. Hill said despite the recession Georgia has kept up with funding requirements for state employees retirement plans.
Hill pointed out that Georgia's unemployment rate is down. In December the rate fell to 7.4%. For the Coastal Region, which includes Bulloch County, the unemployment also showed a decrease to 7.3%.