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Deal urges action on schools, transportation in state speech
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ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal is urging lawmakers to take dramatic action on transportation and education issues facing Georgia.

Deal proposed new state powers to take over struggling schools. He did not make a recommendation about how to pay for maintenance of the state's transportation system in his State of the State address on Wednesday.

But he encouraged lawmakers to take action this year. The Republican warned that doing nothing about an estimated $1 billion funding gap for transportation would harm the state's economy.

Deal also wants to create study committees to consider changes to education funding and how Georgia can provide access to medical marijuana.

The governor did not follow his tradition of releasing his budget proposal on the day of his address. Those details will come Friday.