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Chris Joyner

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

Chris Joyner is a staff writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Chris Joyner

"Do you know those former Soviet Bloc countries have all moved to flat taxes?"

The transportation tax is regressive, and Emory University is "literally getting its own transit line at virtually no cost to itself."  

"Since the beginning of the economic downturn in FY 2008, the state workforce has been reduced by 12.4 percent as part of overall cost savings measures to balance the budget to reduce revenues."

Taxpayers subsidize 80 percent of each MARTA trip

Georgia crackdown on illegal immigration costs state farmers $400 million last year.

"[The state ethics commission] took absolutely the same percent of cuts as most other state agencies. … They were somewhere in the 7 percent range – same as the governor’s office."

"An amazing 5,400 jobs were lost in the first 12 months of the (smoking) ban’s implementation in Ohio’s hospitality industry alone."

Medicaid is the primary source of health insurance for 41.7 percent of Hispanic children in Georgia.

"There’s pretty much no question that [the curfew ordinances] aren’t effective in either reducing crime or preventing harm to young people."

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Good week for truthiness at PolitiFact Georgia

Politicians kept the truth close at hand at PolitiFact Georgia last week.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp earned a True on a claim about election law violations. So did Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker, who talked about the region’s transportation needs. A criminal justice expert earned a Mostly True when he questioned the effectiveness of Atlanta’s curfew law.

State Sen. Jack Murphy strayed the furthest from the truth with a statement on immigration. Half True, we ruled.

All in all, not a bad week for Truthiness.

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