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Gov. Nathan Deal, right, delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly in the House Chambers, as House Speaker David Ralston, looks on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Deal proposes $19.2B budget for coming fiscal year

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ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal outlined his agenda Tuesday for Georgia lawmakers, calling for a boost in education funding, new ways to steer drug addicts away from the state's overcrowded prison system and tax breaks that he said would stimulate the economy.. The Republican governor described Georgia's situation as "strong"

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