Economy an election focus
In the last 10 years, Georgia’s middle class income has dropped $6,500.
"The state budget has increased almost $800 million a year in each of the last two years."
Company closed Georgia plants during Asia expansion
In Georgia, Perdue’s company closed plants and moved jobs to China.
School funding is hot topic
Jason Carter backed three of Nathan Deal’s budgets but accuses the governor of "underfunding education."
$250 million bond issue expected
"The minimum number of infrastructure (needs) in Atlanta is $900 million."
Many voters show they like getting ahead of the crowd
"The numbers make it clear that Georgia voters are increasingly taking advantage of early voting opportunities."
He says part-time lawmakers should be treated like other part-time workers
"I am the only senator who turned down the state pension plan for part-time legislators."
Grad rate much better in Austin than Atlanta
The Austin Independent School District’s graduation rate reached an all-time high of 82.5 percent in 2012.
Fraud concerns date back to Lincoln's day
Georgia has recovered more than $60 million that was lost to Medicaid fraud
Steamed, stuffed or grilled?
You can buy lobster with food stamps.
Georgia has saved $20 million through changes in criminal sentencing.
Go home already?
"For every week that (state lawmakers are) able to cut off our timeline, it saves (Georgia taxpayers) approximately $100,000."
Spotlight on education cuts
"Since 2009, Georgia's public schools have lost nearly 9,000 classroom teachers while the number of students has gone up."
The big peach
The annual gross domestic product of metro Atlanta is "bigger than 28 states in the union."
6 counties are lawyerless
"Six of Georgia’s counties have no lawyers at all."
Morris bill at center of debate
Florida shelled out more money for drug testing than it saved by denying welfare benefits to people who tested positive for drugs.
Claim close to the mark
"Georgia has the fifth-highest number of uninsured people of any state in the union."
Wallets have gotten thinner
The average Georgia family makes $6,000 less than the average family did 10 years ago when inflation is factored in.
On the upswing
"(M)ore Georgians have jobs than at any other time since October 2008."
Crime down, stats show
Atlanta Police Foundation
"Crime in Atlanta is down 18 percent since 2009."
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