As the U.S. economy sputters Georgia Republicans turn up heat on rivals

As the U.S. economy sputters Georgia Republicans turn up heat on rivals

Summary : Kemp underlined those concerns, blaming the president’s “runaway spending and disastrous policies” for rising prices. For many voters, whether the nation is officially mired in a recession isn’t as important as the tangible effect on their wallets. Food and fuel costs more, and families are struggling to maintain their quality of life.

“Because of income inequality, many families live in a constant fear of recession,” said Democratic state Rep. Erick Allen. “It’s about how they feel – not what someone tells them is going on with the economy.”

Allen, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor, hopes the surprise deal Senate leaders struck this week to lower drug costs and combat climate change through a package financed by raising taxes on big companies will “reenergize Democrats.”

With polls showing that rising prices and high energy costs are at the chief concern of voters

He trumpeted his decision to aggressively reopen some shuttered businesses during the first fraught weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, along with new data that showed metro Atlanta’s economy had its second-best June on record.

His address was peppered with hints he would dip into the state’s record surplus next year to offer Georgians more tax refunds and other perks, as Kemp promised to “utilize every tool at our disposal to lessen the impact of this recession” on Georgia families.

“Make no mistake: this is the Biden-Abrams agenda for Georgia.