Your Daily Jolt: Deal tells legislators money is tight

Closing out the biennial pre-session meeting of state lawmakers in Athens, Gov. Nathan Deal laid out the not-so-pretty picture for state finances. From Walter C. Jones at Morris News Service:

In years past, governors have used their luncheon speech to outline ambitious agendas.

Deal, though, used the occasion to dampen expectations.

“I must tell you it is a rather daunting budget this year. We have some challenges,” he said.

The looming federal budget cuts would offer another blow to Georgia’s budget-writers, and there is little sign of progress toward altering or averting them in any way. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner apparently traded offers Tuesday that did little to move the ball.

The Wall Street Journal reports that there is one new aspect to the closed-door negotiations: Corporate tax reform.


The key excerpt from the dead tree version of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s announcement that he backs gay marriage:

Reed is running for re-election next year. He is eyed as a potential statewide candidate for the Democrats, but Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint said this announcement makes it harder for Reed to win a statewide race right now.

“I think it’s for the long term,” Swint said. “One thing I would take from it is he’s not interested in running for statewide office in Georgia anytime soon, but he’s looking to the future.”


Augusta U.S. Rep. John Barrow is one of the few remaining Blue Dog Democrats, and he will once again have a hand in leading the moderate caucus. Barrow on Tuesday was announced as the caucus’ co-chair for administration for the 113th Congress, taking over for the departing Heath Shuler of North Carolina, who probably has a better arm. In the current Congress, Barrow is the Blue Dogs’ co-chair for policy.


Sean Jerguson has qualified for the Jan. 8 Senate special election to replace Chip Rogers. The Cherokee County state Rep. broke the news on Facebook on Tuesday, saying: “For the past 6 years I have been proud to serve Cherokee County as a State Representative and look forward to continuing that service in the State Senate.” He also launched a new Facebook page for the bid.

Jerguson will face off against North Fulton chamber executive Brandon Beach, who said Monday he had already raised $30,000 for the effort.


Paging Saxby Chambliss: Sen. Jim DeMint, Teaparty-S.C., who is departing the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body to run the conservative Heritage Foundation will not endorse candidates in the 2014 elections. DeMint is known to turn on Republican senators he feels are too moderate.

“I am anxious to get away from the political angles, the partisan angles and focus on just the ideas,” DeMint told POLITICO on Tuesday. “Hopefully candidates will embrace these ideas. But part of what we have to do is convince Americans that the ideas are right.”

16 comments Add your comment


December 12th, 2012
10:34 am

If you would just raise the taxes on the rich, we might have enough money to run our government for a day or two.

Enrich the Rich, Deal

December 12th, 2012
10:35 am

With all these arbitrary cuts to taxes– and tax credits– for the wealthy and corporations, small wonder Mr. Deal expects money to be tight.

Cutting state corporate taxes, eliminating sales tax on the majority of electricity sold (the manufacturing sector), giving Delta a $30 million tax break (to get jetsetter status for family trips), state subsidy to foreign companies harvesting Georgia’s forests for -foreign power plants–as if these companies were going to get pine chips from somewhere else–my, what fiscal mismanagement and social reengineering these GOP critters get into…and more private schools and private prisons working in concert to draft state funding, yet to explode with the new GOP laws.

Meanwhile, the Lexus class won’t have ad valorem taxes on their new cars, but every used vehicle (used car, old truck, old utility trailer, motor home bought from your uncle…anything that has a state title) will be sales taxed starting March 1, 2013–after these goobers have their legislative session. Tell your craigslist buyer of the old sedan.

We have GORP–you must pay to walk in the state forests that have 40% fewer DNR patrolling, the GOP cut funds for the venerable Market Bulletin for farmers and rural people to have to pay subscriptions and even pay to read the Bulletin online, and even visiting state parks had a whopping fee increase.

The GOP is the FEE PARTY. And now, let’s subsidize a football stadium for the untaxed NFL owners, and cook the books on a high school flunk rate over over 1 in 3. Good leadership, Nathan.


December 12th, 2012
10:43 am

when has a governor not told general assembly tight budgets, especially since 2003


December 12th, 2012
10:57 am

Kook Deal; says money is tight? Yet there is a story in the AJC that says Delta to make over a billion dollars this year. Seems the time is right to rollback the freebies and tax goodies passed out to Delta and other deadbeat corps by the republican nutjobs last year.


December 12th, 2012
10:59 am

After ten years of giveaways to big businesses, monopoly utilities, oddball tourism ventures and starvation to regulatory agencies, howcum the ‘magic of the free market’ hasn’t taken off with the predicted growth in employment, surge in State revenues and general increase in well being of the average Georgian.

Oh well, I guess it was another ‘OnePartyState’ lie.


December 12th, 2012
11:21 am

Money is tight, so let’s DOUBLE the amount that can be taken from public tax coffers and sent to private schools for “tuition assistance for the poor,” with NO OVERSIGHT at all. Dollar for dollar tax writeoff. Anyone ask him about this?

Puerile Pedant

December 12th, 2012
11:43 am

So money is tight, but not so tight that Deal-io cannot throw a hundred thousand or so a year to help out his buddy Chip with a cushy, made-up job at GPB? After all, Chipper Rogers (R-Wingnutville) is a darling of the Tea Party and needs to feed at the public trough. I’m sure Nathan Deal can explain all this…maybe something like: “What me? A hypocrite? Balderdash, I’m a fiscal conservative.”

As for Kasim and his 180 on gay marriage — he is starting to realize that many City of Atlanta residents think he is a tool and lapdog of the GOP. He cares more about the Savannah Federal Pork Project than he does about the City of Atlanta. He may be smarter than Bill Campbell in that he probably won’t get caught with his fingers in the pie, but his lack of focus on the City has me looking for any other candidate to run for Mayor. If he wants to win reelection, he better improve his standing with gay Atlantans because he is losing the rest of us.

Road Scholar

December 12th, 2012
12:18 pm

Deal: DUH! Let’s cut some more taxes! For the rich and businesses! He!!, we do not need education, transportation or water!!!

Jerguson running….great…if he wins another special election needed! Let the resigning candidate pay for it! Enough is enough!

Georgia, The "New Mississippi"

December 12th, 2012
12:24 pm

Georgia continues to lead.

Eddie Hall

December 12th, 2012
12:34 pm

And yet he chose to push through an amendment creating a “dual” school system, without the money to fund either. That’s leadership.


December 12th, 2012
12:44 pm

“But part of what we have to do is convince Americans that the ideas are right.”
Uh, no Mr. DeMint-ed. You just need to realize most of your ideas are wrong.

An observer

December 12th, 2012
1:14 pm

Seems like a reasonable statement from Goevernor Deal. We do not need a bunch of kooky state legislators thinking of ways to spend more money. How about working to simplify the tax code and eliminate sweetheart deals that have been added through the years. Focus on restructuring government to make it more cost-effective. That should keep our politicians busy enough.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

December 12th, 2012
1:26 pm

Of course money is tight. Gov Deal just spent the last 300 million on a new stadium. Just put some duct tape on the kids shoes and they will make it through the winter.

Then there is Jim DeMint mindlessly repeating the GOP mantra. There is nothing wrong with our product that the majority of ‘Mericuns rejected, we just have to do a better job of convincing them they like it. Pig….lipstick. Lipstick…..pig.


December 12th, 2012
1:37 pm

Georgia should legalize Marijuana, that way we can build a new stadium, (perhaps a new team to play there), 1 hour train to the new savannah port (with a stop at the fish farm). Close the toll Booth on GA 400 and return the HOV lanes in 1-85 and last but not least we cold make a dope DEAL

nathan's political arsonist

December 12th, 2012
2:04 pm

what a dunce. November 2014. lets end the circus

Jamie Roberts

December 13th, 2012
11:53 am

How, Governor, can we not afford to accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act where we would get three years of billions in new Medicaid funding absolutely free and then only have to cover 10% of the cost from there-after? It would only cost a couple hundred million a year with a 19 Billion dollar and growing budget. The economic stimulus of all the medical industry spending will finally get unemployment down and state revenues up. Don’t worry about the whether the Federal government can afford it, Governor. They can. Worry about whether our state can afford to pass it up while unemployment is still hovering just below 10% in this state.