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."
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.
Tax revenue was up, then down
The state’s overall revenues only returned this year to 2007 levels.
Georgia has saved $20 million through changes in criminal sentencing.
On the upswing
"(M)ore Georgians have jobs than at any other time since October 2008."
It's raining more green
Since taking office in January 2011, "the ‘rainy day’ fund has increased by 226 percent."
Per capita is the key
"Spending of government money is 17 percent less than it was a decade ago."
"One out of every three automobile fatalities can be attributed to alcohol."
Deal claim on the mark
"Right now in Georgia, nearly one in three leaving our prisons are re-convicted within three years."
Cuts same across the board
"[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."
Georgia's bond rating is AAA-OK
Georgia is "one of only about seven states in the country" that has a AAA bond rating.
Deal claim on the money
"Georgia still has one of the richest programs in terms of scholarships for students to go to college."
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