Jones said he felt at home in the meeting because he is a Rotarian and has served as president of his home club. He spoke about his first session as a state senator, beginning with the prime directive of the legislature, which is to balance the state budget.
“We did that, but we had to make cuts across all state agencies,” Jones said.
The senator said the good news is the state is seeing an uptick in the economy, although it is spotty. He said housing and development appear to be improving and more revenue is coming into the state.
Jones said, when competing for industry and jobs, Georgia’s biggest asset is the port of Savannah. He said he recently visited the port, and its activity is amazing. He noted that, on an average day, 8,000 transport trucks come into the port.
“Georgia has an opportunity here. If we can deepen the port, we could become the biggest. It doesn’t sound like a lot to deepen it from 42 feet to 47 feet, but it has a price tag of $600 million,” he said.
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