While acknowledging the present economic uncertainty, Casey Cagle is still optimistic about November.
Georgia's lieutenant governor shared his reasons for a bright future during a joint meeting Tuesday afternoon of the Rotary Club of Forsyth County and the North Forsyth 400 Rotary Club.
“November is a time in which you can right the wrong,” Cagle said. "And if one of the chambers [of Congress] flips, then there could be gridlock and that gridlock might provide the very certainty that everyone is looking for to allow that private investment to be put back to work.
“I’m optimistic that we’re going to be very successful.”
Cagle, a Republican who is being challenged by Democrat Carol Porter and Libertarian Dan Barber in the Nov. 2 election, said rules and regulations coming from Washington, D.C., are having an adverse impact on business.
Investor confidence is down and "if you don’t have investment, you can’t create jobs,” he said.
Cagle's speech wasn’t just about job creation. He also touched on water, education and the General Assembly, which he said worked this past legislative session to balance the budget while keeping taxes low.
Cagle touted his efforts to increase technical training programs for high school students and stir use of charter schools.
He also offered a three-pronged strategy to solve the water issue: conserve, capture and control.
After experiencing drought as recently as 2009, Georgians are familiar with conserving water. With control, there could be a way to connect cities and counties.
Cagle noted that the region's average annual rainfall totals 50 inches, or about 50 trillion gallons of water.
"Of that 50 trillion gallons, we use approximately three trillion gallons of water. That’s all," he said. “If we can capture more of that rainfall and use it in a responsible manner, we can take care of our needs into the future.”
Rotarian Cindy J. Mills, who also thanked Cagle on a personal level for helping her father’s business, said he brought an uplifting message to the clubs.
"He provided the business community with some optimism, which we’re all in need of with the economy for the future," Mills said.
She also welcomed his "encouragement to invest and that it was a great time to buy and keep things going."
"It was just encouraging to businesses to help them prosper and to encourage them not to be afraid,” she said.