Claim gets a passing grade
"While fat-cat bureaucrats at the Department of Education are getting paid an average salary of $102,000 a year, teachers in Georgia are getting paid half of that."
Says an illegal immigrant fraudulently claimed children who actually lived in Mexico on income tax forms to collect more than $29,000.
ATL popular on the tourist circuit
Atlanta now has as many visitors as Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles. Orlando, Fla., and New York City still have more visitors.
Diagnosis needs a little more context.
Medicaid spending declined by 1.9 percent in 2012, the second such decline in 47 years.
A drop? Yes. A 50 percent drop: No.
Says there are half as many students in one Georgia technical college than there were two years ago.
Costly now, but could save money later
Says federal regulations adopted in 2011 increased the cost of each vehicle for his business by $10,000.
More school usually means more pay
"A high school dropout makes on average $19,000 a year, a high school graduate makes $28,000 a year, a college graduate makes $51,000 a year."
Higher and higher
Says "excise taxes are...disproportionately burdening middle- and lower-income consumers."
Many changes afoot, including Hispanic growth
The Hispanic population in Gwinnett and Henry counties has increased by 153 percent and 339 percent, respectively, since 2000 while Republican presidential candidates are getting a smaller percentage of the vote in those counties.
Estimate mostly on target
Says Georgia Power customers pay 10 percent to 15 percent below the national average for electricity.
Tough turf for spending bills
"In the past four years, (the U.S. Senate) has only passed nine out of 48 appropriation bills."
Georgia gets peanuts in taxes
"We (Georgia) collect fewer state taxes per capita than any other state … although state taxes are low, Georgia is the eighth-most-dependent state on the federal government."
Numbers largely add up
"Black children constitute 18 percent of the nation's public school population but 40 percent of the children who are suspended or expelled."
My buddy and me
My office is about a 300-step walk to the governor's office.
It's gone up for some property owners
Says Fulton County government hasn’t raised its millage rate since 1991.
Price pretty much right
Says President Barack Obama’s proposed budget includes two new tax increases that would collect about $14 billion.
Prizes for multi-state games included
The Georgia Lottery paid out $2.3 billion in prizes during the last fiscal year.
Right on the money
Then-Gov. Carl Sanders put 56 percent of the state budget into education, a figure that has not been achieved since.
Almost smooth sailing
"The port provides more than 297,000 jobs directly to the state of Georgia."
True, but why?
South Carolina has a labor shortage, specifically in the meatpacking industry.
© 2015 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
About PolitiFact | Contact Us | Advertise