Posted: 12:57 pm Thursday, January 16th, 2014

A slow roll-out of Jason Carter’s legislative proposals 

By Greg Bluestein

Amid yesterday’s sharp-edged attack on Gov. Nathan Deal, Democrat Jason Carter outlined the first concrete legislative proposal of his campaign: A plan to separate education funding from the rest of the state’s budget.

My colleague Kristina Torres has the story on his proposed constitutional amendment, which requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers before it gets on the ballot. Suffice to say it’s the longest of long shots; Carter said he still lacks a single GOP co-sponsor.

But the presence of key House Democrats at his Wednesday and Thursday events, including House Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, shows that Carter has emerged as the go-to spokesman for his party in the Legislature.

Expect a slow roll-out of other legislative priorities he’ll propose to draw a contrast with Deal. Carter said the proposals involve lottery-funded programs, rural economic development and problems plaguing the child welfare system. He also hinted that a tax overhaul plan is in the works.

“I would like to see much broader tax reform than there was before,” said Carter. “I don’t think taxes should be raised, but we need an honest discussion about tax reform.”

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18 comments
mrob
mrob

For all those concern about Georgia Public School System Policy Report, I have posted here the report. http://gbpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Cutting-Class-to-Make-Ends-Meet.pdf

Please keep in mind as a very sad reminder as you review this report, the rural school districts of Georgia that are heavy Republican voters are treated second class as the same as the metro supported Republicans voters. So therefore, the poor and middle class Republicans are treated the same as it relates to the lack of quality for a progressive public school education much like the Democrats and the Independent, respectfully.

What is also sad is The Georgia Republicans have wage war against the poor and the middle class. I say this because this report in it's entirety indirectly related to the lack of economic development and social in-equality between the "HAVE and the HAVE-NOT"

Ultimately the ugly sad truth is after reading this report I DO NOT DOUBT that some parent or some young adult with a child in school will go to the poll this upcoming Georgia Governor election to re-elect a "DEAL" that was never a good "DEAL" to begin with all because of the label "Republican" regardless of how economic disadvantages his or her socioeconomic current condition are. As long as he or she, the candidate is a "CONSERVATIVE" and lack responsibility, it's okay.

The Republican party for 12 years have systematically destroyed Georgia Public Education System by draining funds from it source and meanwhile knowingly that the surrounding school districts communities have a high growing, and a unbearable high percentage of economically disadvantage students and parents depending on the need of quality education to compete for future jobs and advance opportunities likewise as the private school students are instructed to pursuit.

The lack of quality education brings on high crime, poor conditions, slave wages, and etc...Believe me, they (the Repuds) know this.

Georgia have another choice for Governor to turn back the trend of the lack of vision, low pay, high taxes, in-equality, injustice, and corporate entitlements that have cripple all Georgians for the past 12 years.

The choice is yours.......Do be a "FOOL" again.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

" Tax reform " to a Democrat means only one thing " How can I fleece the public with more taxes and fees to use to buy votes for me and my liberal buddies " I will give Carter one heads up, he is smart enough to keep his Grandfather under cover during his campaign, he knows he is enough of a peanut head, he does not need another running off at the mouth.

mrob
mrob

Let's not make a deal with the "Dealer". Let's send the "Dealer" back to auto savage yard where he belong.

Our public education system should not be manage as a auto savage yard which students are look upon as wreaked vehicles and misplace engine parts.

I am crossing over to vote for a republican other than Deal and vote for Carter for governor.

This sitting governor have too much oil on his hands and no students on his brain.


Charles50
Charles50

I can't wait to hear what else Carter wants to do.  It already sounds better than what Deal has been doing for the past four years.  

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

Anyone would be an improvement on " Let's make a Deal."

notagain
notagain

Ga last in all.except failed banks.Considering the state of the economy.The only money growing was the Governors campaign fund.

New young blood to take us into the future.

Acidic
Acidic

I agree with Kamchak.  Even if Carter loses, the competition will be good for Deal and will help educate the public.  If Carter wins, the State can begin to reverse the damage of the past 12 years.

ObserverComm
ObserverComm

Politicians propose "the longest of long shots" when they have no viable plan. Carter is thus trying to get elected on his boyish looks alone.


Savvy voters won't buy that.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Jason Carter is his own man and clearly well educated.  Not surprising that Deal, who has shown little interest in any progress, suddenly realizes that Carter and Barge have taken the lead in education development.  Deal looks silly trying to prove he is leading this charge when he is eating Carter's dust and has worked hard to sabotage both education and healthcare.  Georgia must demonstrate that it embraces the future, understands the importance of education and healthcare, and has put its embarrassing past behind it.  Go Jason.  I am sure you are well equipped to handle the name calling and other juvenile behavior sure to come from what's left of the old Confederacy. 

The_SAWB
The_SAWB

Sounds like Lil Jimmy is proposing a wonderfully sounding, but obviously unrealistic agenda in hopes that enough people will be deceived into voting for him. While there’s a lot to dislike about Deal and I sure don’t want to dig too deep into that closet of his, but considering the state of the economy he hasn’t done that bad.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Looks like Carter is coming out swinging and forcing Deal to actually have policies.

Acidic
Acidic

I'll vote for Barge and Broun in the primary.  I'll vote for Barge because I respect him and think he'd be a far better governor than Deal.  I also appreciate his courage in mounting the challenge.  I'll vote for Broun because I think he's such a perfect idiot that even this red state would not/could not  elect him.

I'll vote for Carter and Nunn in the general election.  I think they're both smart, accomplished, balanced  and just the type of public servants we need.

Charles50
Charles50

@ObserverComm You really underestimate Jason Carter.  He's an extremely intelligent young man.  Even in his rebuttal to the Governor he proved that he has his hand on the pulse of many Georgians who feel abandoned by Gov. Deal.  

Charles50
Charles50

@The_SAWB Sounds to me like he really hasn't even begun to give the meat of his platform.  Ya gotta know when to hold 'em......They're be time enough for counting when the "Deal" is done.

Charles50
Charles50

@Kamchak I think that's true as well.  I'd love to have him make a whole lot of empty promises and see what happens.  Unfortunately if he wins then nothing can be done about it.  He'll just ride on into the sunset like Sonny counting his millions.  

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

There are no " public servant Democrats " they are all self serving aka Lewis, Johnson, Scott Obama need I go further.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Carter will win the Decatur Lata vote and the State of Atlanta vote other than that he can go back to being a bench warmer in the Senate