Friday, October 31st, 2014

Deal-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Nathan Deal

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PolitiFact Georgia has compiled promises that Nathan Deal made during the 2010 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Deal-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Deal-O-Meter page for details on our ratings.)

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Allow teachers at underperforming schools accrue service credit at twice the normal rate

The Promise:

"Teachers who agree to dedicate their time in one of our state's most underperforming schools would further be rewarded by accruing service credit at twice the rate, earning two years of credit for each calendar year served."


Update June 10th, 2014: Deal's plan for improving tough schools 'still a goal'

Enhance storage capacity for the state's water resources

The Promise:


"In conjunction with strong conservation efforts to maximize the usage of existing water infrastructure, additional storage capacity is essential in addressing our long-term needs as a growing state."


Update August 15th, 2012: State plan meets Deal's goal to expand water resources

Oppose federal health care law's individual mandate and help get it repealed

The Promise:


"As governor, he’ll work with (Attorney General) Sam Olens to fight for Georgians’ constitutional rights by fighting Obamacare’s individual mandate in court."


Update June 29th, 2012: Supreme Court deals governor a blow with health care ruling

Eliminate Georgia's marriage tax penalty

The Promise:


"Nathan Deal has committed to eliminate unfair treatment of married couples under the state income tax system. Strong families benefit our communities, and state policies should always seek to promote marriage rather than see it as a chance to take a few more dollars for the treasury."


Update April 30th, 2012: New tax law fulfills campaign pledge for married couples

Use zero-based budgeting

The Promise:


"As Georgia’s next governor, I will work to ensure effective use of taxpayer dollars by enacting zero-based budgeting. This significant reform of state budget policy will ensure every taxpayer dollar spent is justified and accounted for each year. Even in austere budget years such as this, we have a tremendous opportunity to cut cost and increase efficiency in state government."


Update January 13th, 2012: Deal makes move on budget promise

Create a program to spur business development

The Promise:


Create Certified Capital Company (CAPCO) program to fuel research and development


Update December 19th, 2011: Deal studying business growth idea

Will eliminate the Georgia 400 toll by the end of 2011

The Promise:


"As governor, I'll swing the sledgehammer to bring down the Buckhead Wall. The state has collected more than enough money to pay the bonds for the highway. We are now using the tolls of Georgia 400 drivers to pay for other road projects. That's not fair to the commuters in north Fulton and Forsyth counties. They've carried more than their fair share."


Update December 16th, 2011: Deal unable to manuever around road block

Develop a plan to encourage the best science, technology, engineering and mathematics students to become teachers

The Promise:


"In order to restore Georgia's competitiveness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Deal will work with legislators, state and local school officials to develop a STEM Education Student Incentive Plan that will encourage our best and brightest science and math college students to pursue a course of study to become an educator in these fields. These incentives would be repaid over the course of a teacher's service in our public elementary, middle and high schools."


Update December 13th, 2011: Georgia loan plan in line with Deal goal

Use zero-based budgeting

The Promise:


"As Georgia’s next governor, I will work to ensure effective use of taxpayer dollars by enacting zero-based budgeting. This significant reform of state budget policy will ensure every taxpayer dollar spent is justified and accounted for each year. Even in austere budget years such as this, we have a tremendous opportunity to cut cost and increase efficiency in state government."


Update July 12th, 2011: Deal vows to push forward on zero-based budgeting

Reduce landfill waste

The Promise:


"Deal also calls for reducing landfill waste by promoting new waste reduction methods."

Update July 6th, 2011: Deal hopes bill will cut landfill waste

No gift policy for himself and staff

The Promise:


"As governor, I will implement a total gift ban for executive branch employees to send a strong signal to Georgians that we will not be subject to undue influence."

Update June 22nd, 2011: Deal flies into trouble with Delta gift

Create an Arizona-style immigration law

The Promise:


"I will do what I have done on the federal level and we will take our stand and do what Arizona has done."

Update May 15th, 2011: Deal signs immigration bill

Will continue Sonny Perdue's implementation of Race to the Top program

The Promise:


"As governor, I will convene teachers, parents, elected officials and education leaders from the 26 school districts involved to assure that Race to the Top funds are implemented effectively, so that we capitalize on our successes and implement them elsewhere in Georgia."

Update April 6th, 2011: Deal moves on Race to the Top

Allow some Georgians to pool together to buy health insurance

The Promise:


Will allow some individuals in Georgia to pool with others to buy health insurance plans.

Update March 21st, 2011: Deal proposal gets push from lawmakers

Create an Arizona-style immigration law

The Promise:


"I will do what I have done on the federal level and we will take our stand and do what Arizona has done."

Update February 7th, 2011: Arizona-style immigration bills inch forward