A debate is simmering at the State Capitol over whether to create a standardized start date for public schools across Georgia.
It was a hot topic during a meeting Tuesday of the Georgia Travel Association.
“If you look at every single attraction in the area, all of them close up mid-summer as soon as school starts,” said State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), who is working on a bill to push back school start dates across Georgia. “We lose the patrons. We lose the employees. Most importantly, we lose the very dollars that are supposed to support our education system.”
From transit expansion to road improvements, six candidates to become Georgia’s next governor pledged Wednesday to ease the pain of commuters and speed the shipping of freight across the Peach State if elected.
Addressing the Georgia Transportation Alliance in Atlanta, the candidates said Georgia should build on the billions of dollars it has invested in roads and bridges in recent years to ensure it remains competitive for new businesses and jobs.
It was the first forum of the election season devoted solely to transportation and infrastructure concerns. And it came amid a legislative push for state funding of mass transit and Atlanta’s bid to become Amazon’s new headquarters.