State of Georgia Archives: on Budget & Economy


Nathan Deal: Mandated spending is shrinking discretionary budget

Our mandatory entitlement spending continues to grow through no fault of our own. Although we have seen our revenue grow, we have also seen mandated expenditures grow in the areas of health care and education, taking up ever larger segments of our overall annual budgets. In fact, the discretionary portion of the budget, which is now roughly 17 percent, continues to shrink. Rising health care costs continue to be a major factor.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Georgia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Rick Allen: Washington's spending-addicted politicians are the problem

Washington does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. The spending-addicted politicians in Washington are doing nothing to solve it. Upon being elected to Congress, I'll immediately push for a Balanced Budget Amendment that will force Washington to tighten its belt and reign in wasteful spending.
Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, RickWAllen.com Nov 4, 2014

Amanda Swafford: End the Federal Reserve; explore alternative currency

We need to seriously consider ending the Federal Reserve and returning to a more sound and transparent monetary policy. Let's explore alternative currency systems and end the idea that banks and businesses are too big to fail. Let's end the government's ability to artificially inflate, confuse, subsidize, protect, exclude, regulate and overall tamper with our markets.
Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, AmandaSwafford.net Sep 30, 2014

Amanda Swafford: TARP manipulates the free enterprise system

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Swafford: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Swafford: Our economy and free enterprise system has been manipulated by a powerful Federal government that uses programs like T.A.R.P., Cash for Clunkers or Frank-Dodd to pick winners and losers. We must get back to a true market system and remove the hand of the government from so much of our economy.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

David Perdue: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Perdue: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Perdue: Reforming our broken tax code & reducing our regulatory burdens: We need to get our economy back on track and the only way to do it is less government regulations (repeal Dodd-Frank, stop Carbon tax, repeal ObamaCare) and lower taxes

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Paul Broun: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Broun: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Sequestration is absolute wrong way of making cuts

Q. What do you make of the debt ceiling shenanigans of the past two years?

A: We cannot fool around with defaulting. It's part of what's created the uncertainty that we know, at least economically, the threats of shutting down, the threats of default. Business needs certainty in order to invest and it's important that our leaders act responsibly around this issue.

Q. What did you make of the House Republican's last attempt to tie debt ceiling to restoring the sequester cuts to veteran pensions?

A: What I would say is we need to, as much possible, ask our leaders to act without brinksmanship or gamesmanship around these issues.

Q. So you're against the sequester?

A: As people have said repeatedly, sequestration is the absolute wrong way of making the cuts. Nobody in business would cut across the board, they would cut strategically. And we are going to have to make difficult cuts but we are not going to do it effectively when we do it through sequestration.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 6, 2014

Nathan Deal: We survived Great Recession, and reformed state government

In January 2011, this Capitol building was engulfed in the worst snow and ice storm in several decades. In hindsight it was analogous to the deep freeze that had descended on the economies of the US and Georgia, which is sometimes referred to as the Great Recession.

Although the sunny January days in Georgia melted the effects of our surprise storm, no such relief was forthcoming for the economy. Businesses closed; buildings became vacant; families lost their homes. Congress applied historical amounts of financial salt and sand, known as the stimulus, on the ice laden roads of commerce, but traffic still could not move. Georgia reduced spending and consumed cash reserves.

I will not recount further the disastrous effects of the Great Recession on our citizens, some of which have left permanent scars. Instead, I want to tell you how our state government not only survived, but have reformed our operations in order to better serve our citizens.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Georgia legislature Jan 15, 2014

Josh Lanier: Congress is out of control on spending

I was a founder of a company developing environmental technology. I was also a CEO of 3 national associations. I was a staff member in the House and Senate for over a 35 year period. The Congress is out of control on spending.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Lead the way to protect home ownership

My job as CEO of Dekalb County is to educate people on home foreclosure. They need someone to speak up for them in Washington. I would lead the way to protect home ownership. There are over 8,000 homes a day being foreclosed on and itís ironic that the government bailed out Bear Sterns in Wall Street while there are millions of American families losing their homes every day.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Record of balancing budgets and not raising taxes

Senator Sam Nunn was a fiscal conservative and I am along the same lines. I have a record of balancing budgets and not raising taxes. Maintaining the best stewardship of taxpayersí dollars is so important. 11
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

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