Deal: Would call special session to shovel more $$$ at Amazon

[private]If Georgia should find itself on the shortlist of the states competing for Amazon’s planned corporate headquarters, Gov. Nathan Deal said he is willing to call a special legislative session to pass bills aimed at luring the corporate giant here.

“Let me assure you that if Georgia makes the list of final three contenders for HQ2, I will call a special session so that we can make whatever statutory changes are required to accommodate a business opportunity of this magnitude,” Deal said in his “Eggs & Issues” speech to the Georgia Chamber.

Given that, Deal urged lawmakers not to spend time in the regular session trying to pass Amazon-related measures.

“It may be months before Amazon makes a decision or even narrows their choices, and we have many important issues to consider in the interim during this legislative session,” Deal said.

“We cannot waste valuable time, energy and effort when what we should be doing is focusing on enhancing those issues which have already made us an attractive candidate to Amazon,” he added.

It has been rumored that Amazon is going to spend up to $5 billion on a second corporate headquarters.

On another perennial topic, Deal said he is allocating $35 million in the budget — on top of $266 million already spent by the state, towards the dredging of the Savannah River.

“Georgia has paid its fair share of the project,” the governor said. “I call on our congressional delegation, including our U.S. senators, to ensure the federal government lives up to its funding requirements, as set down in the original agreement on this project.”

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