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Promises about State Budget on Deal-O-Meter

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 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. "


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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."


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Will protect teacher pensions


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

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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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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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