Austerity cuts have existed since 2003
The governor’s budget proposal reduces the state austerity cut to education to under $500 million for 2016.
Caveat: Jobs mostly replace those lost in downturn
"Since I took office, over 319,000 new private sector jobs have been created in Georgia with nearly 93,000 of those coming in the past 12 months."
70 people dead in year's first 28 days
Georgia Department of Transportation
"GEORGIA ROADWAY FATALITIES THIS YEAR: 59
PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY"
Suburban sprawl limits transit
Only "18 percent of jobs are accessible by transit for metro Atlanta residents. 33 percent for those living in the city."
Money was there when times were hard
Since Gov. Nathan Deal office in 2011, the state’s rainy day fund has grown by 643 percent.
University System trying mergers
GSU Alumni Association
The merger of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will make GSU one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 54,000 students.
Remember, corporations are people, friends
The religious liberty bill proposed in the Georgia House of Representatives does not specifically exclude corporations, which means they can legally claim a religious exemption.
Mercedes said high taxes and the cost of doing business in New Jersey worked to Georgia’s advantage in landing the company's USA corporate headquarters.
College becoming more critical
Only 42 percent of young Georgians have a college certificate or degree, but soon 60 percent of jobs will require some college credential.
Oil lacks enough THC to provide a high
Unlike marijuana, medical cannabis oil cannot get you high.
Elected or appointed?
Thirty-eight states -- Georgia not included -- have appointed, rather than elected, state school superintendents.
State also in top 10 for overall homicide rate
Violence Policy Center
Georgia ranks No. 9 in the rate of women murdered by men.
State once led nation in fatalities
Georgia has led the nation in student fatalities caused by motorists illegally passing stopped school buses.
Tax revenue was up, then down
The state’s overall revenues only returned this year to 2007 levels.
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."
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