Georgia ranks 33rd in the nation for "economic performance and 11th for economic outlook" according to the 2011 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index. The State has many economic factors contributing to the better-than-average outlook including: no inheritance or estate tax, low excise taxes, low gas and cigarette taxes, and the right-to-work status keeping minimum wages at ground level. However, there is room for improvement.
Neighboring Florida and Tennessee do not have an income tax. To compete with neighboring states, Jonathan Williams, co-author of Rich States, Poor States and Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Director at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), suggests that Georgia repeal its income tax, lower its corporate income tax rates and create an environment where new businesses and private-sector jobs flourish. This might be a good time for writers in Georgia to publish.
In this unique time of a struggling economy, new writing and publishing opportunities are emerging. This might be the time for writers to succeed like never before. A writer has the advantage of creating his or her own economy by publishing, freelance writing, and even starting a small publishing press. With the growing opportunities to be self-employed as a writer, editor, graphic artist, or publisher, there are many complex options to consider.