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Zero-Based Budgeting Resurfaces

In his 2013 budget proposal, Gov. Nathan Deal is using zero-based budgeting for 10 percent of state programs for the first time. It requires departments to justify every dollar they spend. Zero-based budgeting has interested some Georgia officials since the 1970s.

Nunn: Secure Nuke Materials Everywhere

Former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn says, a new report highlights the risk that terrorists could acquire the means to build a nuclear bomb. The report is from an institute Nunn founded with Georgia media mogul Ted Turner.

Tea Party: Repeal Transportation Law

Georgia Tea Party groups this week called on Governor Nathan Deal to repeal a law that will allow Georgians to vote on a one-cent transportation tax. They’re opposed to it because if the referendum passes, it will create a new tax.

December Tax Collections Drop

Gov. Nathan Deal reports that the state's overall tax collections are down for the first time in 18 months.

Democrats Want Healthcare Exchange

Georgia Democrats say they will propose a bill creating a healthcare exchange if Republican lawmakers don’t. They also say they’ve filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Pres. Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Deal: State Negotiating Megaproject

Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday the state is very close to a landing a deal that could bring what he described as Georgia's largest business project since automaker Kia opened a massive plant in West Point.

Tea Party Pushes Ethics Reform

Georgia Tea Party groups held a rally at the state Capitol Thursday to push for ethics reform. They’ve helped to draft a bill that would limit lobbyists’ gifts to lawmakers. The Tea Party groups want Georgia to become a model for government ethics.

Political Messages Hit Savannah

Georgia voters who live along the South Carolina border are getting an early introduction to this year's presidential race in the form of campaign commercials. However, Augusta- and Savannah-area voters might not yet be ready to pay the candidates any mind.

Governor Releases 2013 Budget

Gov. Nathan Deal released his 2013 budget proposal Wednesday and the $19.2 billion spending plan calls for more money for education. That’s a marked contrast from previous budgets. The new budget is up $900 million from last year.

Governor Gives State Of State

Governor Nathan Deal laid out his plans for the coming year in his annual State of the State address at the State Capitol. He wants to spend more money on education, transportation, security and job growth.