What should Nathan Deal’s top priorities be?

Now that Nathan Deal has added the “governor-elect” to the front of his name, he is turning his focus from campaigning to governing.

He’s named his transition team and his chief of staff to form his administration and set his legislative priorities.

But, we want to know from you: What should he focus on first? Jobs? Cutting taxes? Transportation? Education?

The AJC’s James Salzer is working on a story that will address the challenges Deal faces. And we want to hear from you on what should be at the top of his priority list. E-mail jsalzer@ajc.com and include your name, age, city of residence, and a phone number where he can reach you for more.

The new governor is making his list, make sure it’s the same as yours.

97 comments Add your comment

Voter

November 4th, 2010
9:42 am

His top priority will be cutting enough deals to avoid filing for bankruptcy.

SpaceyG - Full Broomstick Mode

November 4th, 2010
9:46 am

The first thing Deal did was name Chris Riley his Chief of Staff. I’m assuming they’ll be changing the title to Chief Toadie now. Oh, don’t delude your readership that Deal has ANY intention of hearing-out a constituency. That’s just outright pandering. I thought Salzer (and you) would be above such nonsense. And email?! Ha. Who emails anything anymore? Just use the #gapolitics hashtag, fer chrissake. There is more than an earful, eyeful, mindful right there alone.

Albeit

November 4th, 2010
9:49 am

1. Lowering Georgia income taxes
2. Decreasing state spending on unnecesssary activities
3. Maintaining or raising levels of spending on education, police servces, etc. (i.e., necessities of goverbment)
4. Lowering corporate taxes to induce businesses to settle in Georgia
5. Removing the Atlanta airport from the jurisdiction of the city and transferring it to a state agency

Beverly Jenkins

November 4th, 2010
9:56 am

Education and jobs should be at the top of the list. Georgians need to be provided with opportunities to work so that we can continue to support our families, etc. Also we need to invest in educating our future (the children of the state of Georgia)….. I hope he can put party politics aside, and move this state forward!!!!!!

Prove Me Wrong Deal

November 4th, 2010
9:57 am

Judging by his past actions, his top priorities will be reducing his personal debt and channeling money to his flunkies.

riff-raff

November 4th, 2010
10:00 am

Spending money in N.E. Ga rather than down south like Sonny did.

Disappointed

November 4th, 2010
10:03 am

Judging by his campaign commercials, I think running all the gays out of Georgia is at the top of his list.

John

November 4th, 2010
10:05 am

Remove all of Perdue’s political croney appointments to State Govermnent offices.

state of gloom

November 4th, 2010
10:05 am

To keep him self out of Jail.

TRUTH

November 4th, 2010
10:06 am

Hiring Roy Barnes to be his attorney. I can’t believe that this guy is in office given his very public misrepresentations about his personal finances, his pending legal troubles for corruption, and his resignation from office as a congressman. This is the best Georgia has?? My family and I are outta here… Backwards, incredibly stupid, and a big negative for Georgia….

Michael B. Shapiro

November 4th, 2010
10:13 am

Real issues:
1. Education
2. Transportation
3. Jobs
How he’ll manage any/all of this will be a true challenge.

Ralph

November 4th, 2010
10:16 am

Somehow I doubt his priorities will come from AJC readers. Did you see the interactive map of voters where there is a blue island from Fulton, Dekalb, and Clayton surrounded by a sea of red? The AJC caters only to the blue, and gave up on any semblance of neutrality. Subscribers outside the the blue counties have dwindled and mostly read the AJC for local news and sports – getting their news and politics elsewhere.

I only played here during the election campaign to expose some of the bias, and foolishly took on some deluded posters who didn’t believe in the polls (which, of course, turned out to be right – with Deal getting the bulk of the undecided and those backing away from Monds). All of that AJC and poster stuff about “Republican leaning”, “cell phone only users” was proven wrong. The InsiderAdvantage poll sponsored by Cox/WSB/AJC was biased left as most people knew already.

Thanks to at least Aaron for noticing how headlines were changed a couple of times – maybe it is the editors who are the most extreme leftists.

I turn these posts back to the rabid left – until the next election year. Snipe among yourselves – the vast majority who elected Republican leadership have better things to do.

pete

November 4th, 2010
10:23 am

I say peel back on all public servants,law inforcement that get to ride around big 8 cylander gas guzzlers all day long.Fire dept,dfacs,road depts,all court house workers,lets just go for all the goverment workers I bet smaller goverment would work.

bart

November 4th, 2010
10:23 am

As one of his constituents in the 9th District for the past 18 years, I can tell you he’s done nothing for us in that time. However, assuming he is serious about governing this state more effectively than he has represented his district, he should focus on education, jobs, and the economy. That may include lowering corporate taxes; however, we already have one of the lowest tax rates in the country. What will induce business and industry to locate here are quality of life issues, and education should be at the top of the list. Perdue and his cronies have gutted public education in the past 8 years, and that will hurt us in attracting new business. Also transportaion, water, and public safety are two other “biggies.” I hope he will try ro represent all the people, and get rid of Perdue’s people and bring in his own. I hope he will run a clean and ethical administation, although based on his past history, I’m not sure that will happen. I just hope he’s not so tied up with his own legal and financial problems that he can’t govern.

Jaye

November 4th, 2010
10:25 am

You guys have elected a man with a tarnished image, but now Deal must clean up the state’s image and economy. Let’s click off Georgia’s infamous national number one standings (don’t be shallow and think sports): No. 1 in illegal arms sales;same in sex trafficking, tied with Vegas; bank closures. Close to the top in illiteracy and home foreclosures. If we didn’t have ailing family members here, we would move out of this state, probably to the Northeast. It’s embarrassing to live in a redneck, sexist, homophobic state, war-supporting, economically failing state.

bart

November 4th, 2010
10:26 am

By the way, transportation, water ,and public safety are THREE biggies.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 4th, 2010
10:27 am

Happy trails Ralph

Church Guy

November 4th, 2010
10:34 am

No 1- Getting himself straightened out. The rest will then fall into place. We’ll be praying he changes his ways.

DJ

November 4th, 2010
10:36 am

1. Spewing enough rhetoric to get re-elected in 4 years.
2. Cover up his own misdealings.

Nathan Deal was my Congressperson for many years. Although he always ran un-opposed, his only contact with me was soliciting campaign donations.

Bottom line – Mr. Deal requires payment from his constiuents before he will actually do anything.

John

November 4th, 2010
10:36 am

Get rid of the special interest tax breaks.

nbbforrest

November 4th, 2010
10:38 am

The Governore elect needs to step to the plate and be the real “Deal” he confesses to be. Economy, taxes and education in that order should be his agenda. Being a state worker, I see waste and fraud everyday. There is money to save and plenty places to cut and keep the state operating. Instead of having all of the big name benefactors as a team, why not put some of the small people(working stiffs) on the team. That way, there will be a real “Deal” to speak of. By the way, I am not against teachers but all state workers need a pay raise just as the teachers do.

And BTW, to “JAYE” Delta is standing by, dude.

lmno

November 4th, 2010
10:40 am

If you answered anything other than, “re-enter into negotiations with Florida and Alabama over lake lanier as a source of water for atlanta”, you answered wrong. Thanks for playing.

lmno

November 4th, 2010
10:42 am

Jaye, it is true that we are tops in illegal guns and human trafficing, but we are at the bottom in education. You can’t win them all.

wondering

November 4th, 2010
10:42 am

1) take back all jobs that are state of Georgia sponsored that were outsourced to other countries.
2) Give tax advantages to any thing made in Georgia and impose tax on anything not made in Georgia, graduating higher to anything made outside of USA
3) Require that all Georgia taxpayer project be worked by Georgia workers
4) Keep the lobbyist and developers hands off Georgia public land and out of Georgia government
5) Impose sanctions on businesses that use illegal labor pools.
6) harsh penalties for individuals that hire illegals to work in yards or homes.
7) make it easier to figure and pay the taxes owed.
8) streamline the offices of government make them justify each and every job.
give me a while and I can come up with more. mainly, shut up and do something for the PEOPLE not the lobbyist and developers.

My Two Cents

November 4th, 2010
10:44 am

The two parties in Georgia left us nothing to choose from. I cannot believe the Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal were the best of the best. Roy Barnes has already had his chance…two many cronies in the pipeline. I hope Nathan Deal surprises us. No doubt he, too, has made many promises for state jobs in order to collect votes. Personally, I am sick of politics in general but hope Mr. Deal will remember that the people of this state voted him in office and first and foremost they need good paying jobs.

Dont Blame Me ...

November 4th, 2010
10:45 am

Raising Georgia’s education ranking from 48 to 47.

JM

November 4th, 2010
10:46 am

Georgia deserves this loser. He is part of a string of incompetent governors and governors elect stretching from South Carolina to Arizona. What an embarrassment.

David

November 4th, 2010
10:46 am

1. Jobs
2. Water Wars
3. Transportation
4. End Ad Volorem Tax
5. End State Income Tax

chkrdr

November 4th, 2010
10:49 am

why are the heads of departements like dhr(dfcs) making 6 figure salaries?

lmno

November 4th, 2010
10:51 am

There is no issue other than the water right now. Everyone is aware of the following info, right?

In July 2009, a federal judge from Minnesota (chosen as an arbiter from a neutral location) ruled that Congress never authorized Lake Lanier to be used as a source of the water supply for metro Atlanta. The state was given three years to stop withdrawing from the lake (except for the adjacent cities of Gainesville and Buford), unless Congress authorizes it, or the three states which use the basin come to an agreement. The Atlanta Regional Commission chairman noted that if enforced, cutting drinking water to 75% of the region would require disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Kar

November 4th, 2010
10:52 am

Not getting indicted.

Joey

November 4th, 2010
10:52 am

Education, Jobs, and Transportation are among the top three things i feel should be tackled first. However with most of all the politicians looking out for themselves first (both parties) i see Georgia staying ranked in the lower spectrum of education and the job market dwindling down (which of course makes poverty and crime go up). Nathan Deal will be pocketing tax payers money and handing out false hope to the state!

lmno

November 4th, 2010
10:55 am

How much good would a job do you if you didn’t have water?

I mean, I like Beer and all, but you need water to live.

Ben

November 4th, 2010
10:55 am

He was elected by the people of Georgia to sit in the Governor’s seat. I think we should at least let him be sworn in before we start telling him what to do and setting his priorities. Give the man a chance!

BW

November 4th, 2010
10:57 am

Obviously priority #1 is figured out the math of cutting taxes while facing a $1.8B budget deficit next year. If he figures that out he deserves a Nobel or other award for inventing a new form of math. Prediction: the only thing that gets done is that power is appropriated into the area north of Atlanta which is where it probably belongs.

Contrarian

November 4th, 2010
10:58 am

From what I’ve seen of Nathan Deal, his first and only agenda item will be revenge against anyone who ever stood in his way, including anyone who ever voted for any candidate with (D) beside his/her name. I’ve been in the audience when he outright declared that he will not cooperate with or listen to anyone not in his party. He will seek to destroy the minority of Georgians who didn’t vote for him and he won’t care if he takes the state down, too. He will, in short, wallow in his power and glory by bullying the weakened opposition.

Taxpaying Georgia Resident

November 4th, 2010
10:59 am

Not what he should do, but what he will do:

1. Form a coalition to shift the tax burden further from businesses and high-income individuals to middle and lower income individuals. This will be accomplished by (a) reducing the income tax, (b) largely eliminating the corporate tax, and (c) increasing the sales tax, both in rate and in nature of coverage. The findings of a current special commission will support this move.

2. Demogogue the water issue and use legal suits as a substitute for negotiating with Alabama and Florida.

3. Ignore traffic problems and logjams in metropolitan areas, while continuing to boast about keeping gasoline taxes low. If anything, there may be yet another little-used “scenic” highway built in northeast Georgia. In addition, support the expansion of toll roads and lanes.

4. Support continued cuts in allocations for public education, stating that teacher furloughs and shortened school years are necessary evils for dealing with the budget deficit. Continue to demonize educators as exit test scores continue to fall. If possible, propose a subsidy for wealthy people who send their children to private schools.

BW

November 4th, 2010
11:00 am

Priority #2 is gerrymandering Sanford Bishop and Jim Marshall’s districts to ensure a Republican takes those seats and redistricting the districts of John Lewis, Hank Johnson, and David Scott to eliminate one of them.

Pinche Huevos

November 4th, 2010
11:01 am

Hiring the best laywer he can get with taxpayer money. What a bunch of LOSERS……….

dan

November 4th, 2010
11:02 am

You know it is actually possible that Deal could be worse than Sonny. Jesus H. Christ…that is awful!

H2O

November 4th, 2010
11:02 am

Lake Lanier WATER. The clock is winding down on that three year deadline imposed by a federal judge. Sonny sat on his hands and did nothing. Deal won’t have that luxury: the taps could go dry on his watch.

To do list

November 4th, 2010
11:02 am

1. Cut enough sweetheart deals to get out of personal debt
2. Keep from going to jail
3. Find cushy jobs for daughter and son in law
4. Run all gays out of Georgia, or at least confine them to city limits of Atlanta
5. Get a look at Obama’s birth certificate

Pinche Huevos

November 4th, 2010
11:03 am

How about bringing in Kennerly or Bannister from Gwinnett they have some some good republican ideas…LOSERS

Pinche Huevos

November 4th, 2010
11:05 am

You get what you deserve…

BW

November 4th, 2010
11:06 am

Priority #3 is to pray for rain while not doing anything to bolster existing water infrastructure and building new water infrastructure for the true cash cow of the state, the metro Atlanta area.

Priority #4 is increase gas revenue by killing Marta and making everyone drive.

Parent and Teacher

November 4th, 2010
11:06 am

1. Education
2. Jobs
3. Water
Take care of the teachers who voted for you because you are NOT Barnes

Tosh.No

November 4th, 2010
11:08 am

We all know what should be top, but I am sure stealing money and lining his pockets will take top priority.

batlguy

November 4th, 2010
11:08 am

chkrdr,

Do you know what private industry pays for similar positions? What makes you think someone qualified for such a position would want to work for 10% of what he could make in a private company? Or would you prefer that the state put someone without a high school diploma in those positions? Think that would be cheaper? After all, they’re only managing a few thousand employees.

Adam

November 4th, 2010
11:10 am

It is hilarious to see all these people that want 1. lower income tax; 2. lower corporate tax; and then 3. better police/fire/education etc. They think that they can make up the gap in state income and spending by cutting “unnecessary” programs. NOT POSSIBLE. Every program is “necessary” to someone. Cutting discretionary spending will never alleviate the difference that lowering taxes and increasing education/basic services spending will produce.

If you want better schools, keep taxes the same and cut some “unnecessary” spending. Cannot have your cake and it eat it too.

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Georgia Capitol!

November 4th, 2010
11:10 am

“What should Nathan Deal’s top priorities be?”

Well, obviously, Nathan Deal’s top priority should be to BRING BACK BABE ALLEY to the Georgia Statehouse and all of the hot, pretty young (and old as I like cougars and hot, steaming cups of MILF and GMILF, too) female lobbyists back to the corridor outside of the House Speaker’s office. Deal should bring back to the capitol the days before all the hub-bub and demoralizing talk of ethics reform, limits on gifts, meals, etc. Deal absolutely must bring back the lobbyist-paid private jets, trips to the beach, tickets to luxury suites at Falcons, Braves, Hawks, Thrashers and Bulldog games, overnight stays at five-star hotels, and most importantly, the hot, young, strapped female lobbyists and fully-paid escorts to go all along with it.