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Use zero-based budgeting


"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."


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


"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."

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


"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."


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Reduce landfill waste


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

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Will deepen the Port of Savannah


Commited "to deepening the Port of Savannah in anticipation of the widening of the Panama Canal and improvements to infrastructure in Southeast Georgia to accommodate the increase in cargo."

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Develop a plan for more specialized charter schools


"Develop specialized charter high schools with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math"

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Create an education funding plan


"By June 30, 2011, Nathan Deal and a team of leaders will come up with possible improvements to better fund public education."

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Create more reservoirs


"Develop additional reservoirs to address long-term water needs and enhance economic development"

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Create a program to spur business development


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


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