Nathan Deal on Local Issues
Republican Governor; previously Representative (GA-10)
Ok to feature Confederate battle flag on some license tags
Gov. Nathan Deal said he takes no issue with the state providing a specialty license tag featuring the Confederate battle flag. When the newest version made national news last week, Deal seemed caught off guard by a question about it. "I don't think that
it is something that we should be that concerned about," Deal said. He pointed out that it is just one of many specialty tags Georgia has offered to various groups over the years.
The Georgia tag bearing the Confederate battle flag has been offered to
the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization since 2003. The group issuing the latest version last week with a bolder design. They say it is simply a way to honor the memory of their ancestors. But some civil rights groups, including the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference, call it an offensive reminder of slavery and oppression.
Gov. Roy Barnes lost reelection bid in 2002, in part, because voters were mad at him for working to removing the Confederate battle flag from the state flag.
Source: First Coast News on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race
, Feb 27, 2014
$50 million bond package for the Port of Savannah
Another asset is the Port of Savannah, the fourth largest container port in the country and the second largest on the East Coast. As you know, we have worked for many years to expand the Savannah Harbor
and deepen the channel in order to allow the larger vessels that will soon be coming through the Panama Canal to dock in our state. We are very pleased that last fall we succeeded in getting a positive Record of Decision from the federal government.
This is a major milestone on this project.
My budget includes an additional $50 million in the bond package for this project. This will bring our total state contribution to $231 million. That is almost the state's entire contemplated share of
the costs of this project; the remainder of the cost is to be paid by the federal government. While that is a sizable amount of money we expect the benefits to be $5.50 for every dollar spent--Not a bad return on investment!
Source: 2013 State of the State address to Georgia Legislature
, Jan 17, 2013
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