Earlier this month, Georgia lawmakers gathered under the Gold Dome to kick-off the 2016 Legislative Session.

During our time at the State Capitol, we will meet in various committees to discuss pressing issues like education, criminal justice, economic development, and transportation.

On the House Floor, my colleagues and I will debate the issues of the day and work to advance legislation that makes our communities and our state stronger.

As a legislative body, we will adopt a balanced budget that reflects our priorities and our values.

With conservative policies that encourage job creation and business development, Georgia is experiencing strong growth in key sectors like manufacturing, television and film, and technology.  Our unemployment rate continues to drop and Georgia was once again named the “#1 State for Business” by Site Selection Magazine.

Thanks to bold leadership, our roads and bridges are finally scheduled for maintenance and repair, funding for education is the highest in fifty years, and our efforts to reform the criminal justice system are paying big dividends.

As we work together in the weeks and months ahead, our goal is to keep moving Georgia forward. We must take advantage of the opportunities before us, plan for future challenges and setbacks, and work tirelessly to ensure a bright and prosperous future for generations to come.

As you know, I was selected by my legislative peers last year to serve as House Majority Leader. While I am honored to stand as a high-ranking legislator in the People’s House and fully embrace the responsibilities that come with the job, the people, businesses, organizations, and future of District 159 remain my top priority. If I can ever be of service to you or your loved ones, please do not hesitate to call (404.656.5052), e-mail (Jon.Burns@House.Ga.Gov) or engage on Facebook (www.FB.com/JonBurnsGA).

Together, we can keep District 159 and the state of Georgia moving in the right direction!

Jon Burns represents District 159 in the Georgia General Assembly where he serves as the House Majority Leader.