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Nathan Deal signs budget; senator Jason Carter critical

Monday, April 28, 2014 2:58 PM
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 ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal removed nothing from the $20 billion budget before signing it into law Monday in a handful of ceremonies across the state on the first day of early voting.

There was little doubt that he would sign it, but unlike most governors, he declined to use his line-item veto to eliminate any appropriations.

Deal and his staff have made a point of working with legislators while the General Assembly is in session to come to agreement on bills and the state’s spending plan. That leads to few vetoes.

By then end of Tuesday, Deal will issue the list of bills he is vetoing. Along with the list will be three appropriations in which the legislature wrote out specific spending instructions that Deal is telling state agencies to ignore, according to the governor’s spokesman Brian Robinson.

Among the features of this election-year budget are a $514 million increase in k-12 education that gives local school boards the ability to grant raises or end furloughs, a 3 percent increase in the amount of HOPE Scholarships and HOPE Grants, $35 million for deepening of the Savannah River and $39 million for water-supply projects. At the same time, it is increasing the state’s rainy-day reserves.

More than 40 programs came under special scrutiny as part of zero-based budgeting, and Deal highlighted his conservative approach to spending as a way to focus resources away from side issues and concentrate them on education.

“It is through these measures that we now have the opportunity to fund our state’s top priorities,” he said. “This year, more than 80 percent of new revenue receipts are dedicated to education, with 66 percent of those new revenues going to K-12 alone.”

Still, Deal’s Democratic challenger, Sen. Jason Carter of Atlanta, said the governor should have devoted even more to education.

“Students and teachers deserve leaders who will make education the top priority every year,” Carter said, renewing his call for a separate budget for education.

Other critics have attacked Deal for not boosting taxes to provide additional money for education, health care and other social services. One of the bills he signed into law Monday was House Bill 658 which eliminates Georgia’s estate tax, which reflects the end of the federal estate tax in 2004.

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Pops
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Pops 04/28/14 - 05:38 pm
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Carter

nuff said.......

The Mick
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The Mick 04/28/14 - 05:47 pm
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Boy if Carter is running on

Boy if Carter is running on the success of his family name in GA....

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KSL 04/28/14 - 06:20 pm
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Jimmy was a hypocrite. Chip

Jimmy was a hypocrite. Chip and Jackie went to publc schools pre desegregation. Jeff went to Woodward Academy in Atlanta post desegregation. Soon as Jeff graduated, Jimmy went around Georgia campaigning for Georgians to keep their kids in public school, claiming he did not have a child in private school.

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Pops 04/28/14 - 06:30 pm
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Jimmy Carter was

and continues to be a joke.......he was a Kennedy wannabe.....darling of the post-Watergate anti-Nixon/Ford hysteria that swept the nation. Under qualified and overwhelmed by the position of POTUS, he became an embarrassment......history repeated itself in 2008......

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rmwhitley 04/28/14 - 07:01 pm
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nunn. jimmy carter was and is a moron. Sam Nunn is a democrat. His daughter tries to ride his coattails by not using her husband's last name. nunn has got none. gubmint dependent folk and racists who hate concervatives are their supporters. Know what I mean?

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corgimom 04/28/14 - 07:31 pm
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My dog Toby is more of a

My dog Toby is more of a Kennedy wannabe than Jimmy Carter.

He should've stuck to the Navy and peanut farming, he was so unqualified to be President. He nearly put the US in economic collapse.

We paid 16% on a new car loan, with perfect credit- thanks to Jimmy Carter.

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Bizkit 04/29/14 - 09:22 am
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Education is the biggest

Education is the biggest spending item in the budget every year-seems we aren't getting much bang for our buck so perhaps they should cut it rather than waste more tax payers money. Dems always think spending more money is the default answer-course once they get it they rarely spend as promised.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 01:08 pm
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Listen, public education

Listen, public education isn't nearly as bad as it seems.

Nationwide, about 80% of high schoolers graduate. That's pretty good numbers, even back in the "good old days" those were good numbers.

Unfortunately, all Augustans have as a frame of reference is the abominable RC schools and the ones in the surrounding counties, but nationwide, schools are doing pretty well.

But like everything else, you never hear the success stories, you just hear the worst.

There is a myth, perpetuated by George W Bush, that all children should graduate from high school. Schools were never designed for that, and that has never happened. It was understood and accepted that not every child would graduate, and everybody was ok with that- until modern times.

About 100 years ago, high school graduation rates were 25%, and nobody thought anything about it. The big push for high school came during the Depression, when a law was passed saying that teenagers couldn't work, and rather than having them idle and roaming the streets, they put them in high school.

And now there is a totally unrealistic expectation that everybody can, and should, graduate from high school.

It's not the reality that's the problem, it's the expectations that are the problem.

Overall, the US public school system does a great job of educating kids, but the child has to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for their education.

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