This Republican governor has the opportunity to change that. He could start by taking a hard look at the process by which the commission charged with rewriting Georgia's tax policies came up with the package the General Assembly will now consider. If politically and economically powerful interests had input and access to that process, while those most affected - the millions of Georgians who, directly or indirectly, will pay most of the taxes - did not, then it would come as little surprise if this version of tax "reform" should benefit the former at the unconscionable expense of the latter.
It is encouraging, in that regard, that Deal - the official with both the bully pulpit and the veto - is on the record saying he does not favor repealing the food exemption on sales taxes, one of the more egregious measures the tax panel recommended.
He can show both political and moral courage by standing firm on that principle. ...
Probably the most important economic challenge in this budget crisis is the adequate funding of education. Gov.-elect Deal already warned of deeper school budget cuts to come; now Gov. Deal needs to take the lead in figuring out how Georgia can balance its budget without selling out its future.
When the bill for ignorance comes due, it invariably makes the price of education look like a bargain.
We endorsed this governor as a candidate, and wish him luck now as Georgia's chief executive. It's in the interest of all Georgians, regardless of whether they voted for him, that Nathan Deal be not just a good governor, but a great one.