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At the June 18 Georgia Chamber of Commerce Regional Power Lunch at the Partridge Inn in Augusta, it was quickly apparent that Chamber President Chris Clark is continuing his statewide misinformation campaign for “civil justice reform” in the upcoming legislative session. It is necessary, he claimed, because our state’s business-friendly legal climate supposedly ranks 24th in the United States.

Unfortunately, what Mr. Clark fails to mention is that this ranking is far from scientific, or even unbiased, as it was calculated by the same people using it to advance their agenda – the Chamber of Commerce itself.

As it turns out, objective observers have painted a markedly different picture about the legal climate within which our state’s businesses operate. Take Forbes magazine, for example, which has ranked Georgia’s legal/regulatory environment in the top five nationally for seven consecutive years – even ranking the Peach State No. 1 in both 2009 and 2010. Or look to CNBC, as they have consistently ranked our legal climate within the top third of all U.S. states.

Nearly every day, we are greeted with the great news of another company expanding, relocating or opening their doors in our state. Take Starbucks, for instance, who just last year announced a $172 million, 180,000-square-foot plant at Augusta Corporate Park. It is no wonder, then, that one of the top business publications in the nation – Site Selection magazine– ranked Georgia as the fourth-best state for business in 2012.

While the Chamber continues to consistently downplay our state’s business-friendly legal climate to advance a politically-motivated agenda aimed at so-called “tort reform,” we call on our business leaders to tell the truth about what a great place Augusta – and all of Georgia, for that matter – is to do business.

(The writer is president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.)

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deestafford
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deestafford 06/26/13 - 09:01 am
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Two points: Is the Chamber of Commerce becoming a liberal

organization? I ask this because of some of the stances taken at the national level such as its support of much of the current immigration proposal.

If Georgia really wants to see it take of like a rocket---eliminate any state income and estate taxes. We have two bordering states, TN and FL, who are like that and people are flocking there in droves. Of course, there is a down side to that because many of these people come from a liberal state/city and then try to implement the same type of liberal policies they escaped. For an example to see that just look at Bluffton and Hilton Head, SC. The people from the north have taken over local governments and past restrictions and laws like those from the north.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/26/13 - 09:11 am
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Buck Rodgers? Space fantasy?
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Come to the ARC of No Covenant. Businesses get reduced or no tax while the minority tax payers foot the bill.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/26/13 - 09:13 am
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If your employer is getting a tax break, you are paying for it.
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Simple math. You pay his taxes and it comes out of your take home pay in the form of property taxes and fees. A triple whammy.

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faithson 06/26/13 - 09:40 am
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excellent point by letter writer

by focusing on the 'politics involved' we miss the forest through the trees. Lamblasting has become the motto of the 'new republicans', seeing the only way to motivate their constituents by deriding ALL that is wrong, without the slightest nueance of what IS GOING RIGHT.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/26/13 - 10:57 am
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"the motto of the 'new

"the motto of the 'new republicans'"

Didn't see where the writer mentioned Republicans. Maybe they aren't the only ones who choose to deride without the slightest nuance.

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