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May 15, 2013

Legislators miffed by state properties

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Besides cost, nursing care quality remains the largest worry for people housed at the Craig Center’s skilled facility.

“The pendulum has got to swing back, because I know in my heart the vast majority of those clients are not getting the same type of 24/7 treatment,” Kidd said Wednesday.

• State becoming business-friendly

On a positive note, both legislators share the idea that Milledgeville and Baldwin County have what they need for success.

Jones highlighted a recent Forbes Magazine issue ranking Georgia as the eighth most business-friendly state in the country.

Our goal is to get to No. 1,” Jones said. “As legislators, that needs to be priority to us, and I think it is under our current leadership.”

The General Assembly passed an Invest Georgia bill that supports that claim.

Through the initiative, the state will commit $100 million over five years as seed investment money. The program establishes a new state fund, managed by a third-party administrator, to funnel funds through Georgia venture capital firms into startup companies.

According to Jones, Georgia lost 40 companies created here since 2006 without mechanisms to push upstarts along. 

“In any business the toughest time is the early stages especially when a business is a new idea," Jones said. "There are a lot of people excited about the venture capitalist market."

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