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Deal proposes $42.3B budget
Plan would increase education funding
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal shakes hands with lawmakers after unveiling his budget proposal on the third day of the legislative session Wednesday at the State Capitol in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press
ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal outlined his spending priorities and touted his successes in a State of the State speech Wednesday that was framed more as his argument for re-election later this year, saying he had worked to protect state education spending while slashing the size of state government. Deal blamed poor economic conditions for much of the state's challenges during his first three years in office and used his speech to make the case that his business-friendly approach and emphasis on job creation had helped improve Georgia's economy.
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