Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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Oppose new regional bureaucracies

"I wouldn't support creating new regional bureaucracies. Instead, I think as Georgia's needs continue to change, our current regional commissions will take on greater significance and influence in how our state moves forward."

Will cut corporate income taxes by one-third

Said he will cut the state's corporate income tax from 6 to 4 percent. "We need to give businesses in Georgia every possible incentive to create new jobs as well as preserve the jobs we have now. "

Initially exempt some startup businesses from corporate income taxes

Said he will cut the corporate income tax for new small businesses in their first decade

Eliminate the corporate net worth tax on businesses

"Corporate net worth taxes penalize growth and development of wealth in Georgia, and as Governor, Nathan Deal will work to eliminate this duplicative layer of taxation. By doing so, the state will send a strong signal to current and prospective businesses that Georgia is an ideal place to call home and provide an environment in which to grow. Loss of revenue would be minimal to the state and would quickly be replaced by a stronger corporate presence and improved environment within which growth and development will be encouraged."

Exempt initial $7,000 earned from taxes

As Governor, Nathan Deal will use his leadership as a fiscal conservative to reduce the bureaucratic burdens of the tax system by eliminating personal income taxes for all individuals with incomes below $7,000 per year and enacting a simple tax of 6% of income above this level."

Eliminate withholding for some workers

"By eliminating the requirement for certain individuals to have income taxes withheld puts more hard-earned money back into the hands of hardworking families at a time when they need it the most. This also simplifies the administrative process by reducing the number of returns which the state must process as well as the burden on individuals which have to file in order to receive this money back."

Will protect teacher pensions

Will "protect their retirement pensions from a return to Barnes-style investments that would put their financial security at risk."

Will opt out of the abortion coverage in federal health care plan

"The abortion issue has long divided voters in Georgia and across the nation, but I believe we have consensus in Georgia that taxpayers should not foot the bill for a procedure that offends so many people's values"

Allow students to progress to higher levels without having to complete unnecessary hours

Deal's plan would allow students to progress to higher levels without having to complete unnecessary hours…"We will no longer tie the hands of students and teachers by imposing arbitrary 'seat time' requirements."

Dedicate all of the motor fuel tax revenues to transportation projects

"Transitioning debt service away from the Georgia Department of Transportation and dedicating all of the motor fuel tax revenues to transportation projects."

Consolidate transportation agencies

"Shrinking the size of state government by consolidating transportation agencies - some of which have overlapping or contradictory purposes. As governor, Roy Barnes created new transportation bureaucracy in an attempt to consolidate his power."

Will build more HOV/toll lanes

Supports High Occupancy Toll lanes for NEW construction to give commuters greater choice and to expand capacity.

Improve east-west connectivity to help north-south traffic corridors

"One of my major priorities will be improving our state's east-west corridors, including completion of the Fall Line Freeway from Columbus to Macon to Augusta. I would like to see a route south of metro Atlanta to divert the 100,000 tractor trailers that clog Atlanta roads daily."

Oppose tax increases

Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, in which he agrees to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

Eliminate net worth tax

"Corporate net worth taxes penalize growth and development of wealth in Georgia, and as Governor, Nathan Deal will work to eliminate this duplicative layer of taxation. By doing so, the state will send a strong signal to current and prospective businesses that Georgia is an ideal place to call home and provide an environment in which to grow. Loss of revenue would be minimal to the state and would quickly be replaced by a stronger corporate presence and improved environment within which growth and development will be encouraged."

Eliminate business inventory tax

"Nathan Deal will work to eliminate this regressive tax to allow businesses to grow absent this additional burden and layer of taxation by allowing local governments to elect to extend current Freeport exemptions to more goods, regardless of who holds the inventory or the destination to which it is shipped."

Help local governments develop business-ready properties

Will "create a local government program to help with the development of 'business-ready' property throughout Georgia."

Create a micro-loan enterprise program of $10,000 or less

Enhance access to needed small business capital through micro-enterprise lending