Georgia’s agricultural industry is going to commission a study of the financial losses it suffered this year as a result of HB87 that in turn caused severe labor shortages.
The study will be due October 1 and will quantify the farmers’ losses. Many farmers complained that HB87 scared away the migrant workers (predominantly Hispanic ones) they depend on to pick their fruits and vegetables. The labor shortages could cost $300 million in crops at risk this year. A state survey of farmers released last month showed they had 11,080 jobs open.
I am not sure what the farmers hope to gain by this study. Even if the study shows severe financial loses, will Georgia's crazy Congress repeal HB87? Probably not.