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29 September 2010

Coming Soon: 10 Questions with Barnes, Deal & Monds

Earlier this month, I told you about a project the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Macon Telegraph and this site is participating in to get answers from Georgia's gubernatorial hopefuls.

For the past several weeks, we've teamed up with 10Questions, a project of Personal Democracy Forum, to solicit questions from the voters for Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal and Libertarian John Monds.

All three candidates have agreed to provide their responses to the 10 top-rated questions as voted on by the public, and here they are:


  • What do you plan to do to increase the competitiveness of Georgia's students? High teacher pay? More charter schools?

  • The state has rank 48th, 49th, or 50th in education for my entire life and I am 69 years old. In every election we hear about improving education. What will it take to move Georgia from the very bottom ratings into the top 50% and why can't we do it.

    - Michael Clark , Lawrenceville, Georgia

  • If the General Assembly presents a bill allowing local municipalities to vote on Sunday alcohol sales, will you sign the legislation?

    - Greg Johnson , Atlanta, Georgia

  • The GA Fiscal Year 2011 budget is balanced using more than $2 billion federal stimulus dollars. Is this sustainable for future years? If not, what will you do in fiscal year 2012 and beyond to balance the budget?

    - Laura Allison Slacum , Roswell, Georgia

  • What initiatives would you as governor support to deal with the problems faced by the state with regards to transportation and traffic?

    - Jens Palsgaard , Atlanta, Georgia

  • What initiatives would you support as governor to attract businesses to the state and lower unemployment?

    - Jens Palsgaard , Atlanta, Georgia

  • What programs would you cut in your plans to reduce the budget?

    - Jens Palsgaard , Atlanta, Georgia

  • Georgia has serious transportation problems that are now causing us to lose business to Birmingham, Charlotte, and other Southern cities. We once led, now we are being passed. How would you solve this problem?

    - Jeff Boatright , Decatur, Georgia

  • Georgia has been spending $100M per year on road projects. Each adds to the cost of maintenance. Will you commit to redirecting the focus on mass transit, rather than an ever-expanding pavement?

    - Chris Riker , Lawrenceville, Georgia

  • How do you feel about HB 1133 which allows tax credits for individuals and corporations for donations to scholarships for private schools when the State's budget does not allow the full funding for the local public board of educations?

    - James H Douglas , Cairo, Georgia