Posted: Thursday, January 23rd 2014 at 3:45pm
Ga. Demos outline 2014 legislative agenda
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - Georgia Senate Democrats say top priorities of their legislative agenda include addressing the state's income gap and supporting working and middle class families.
Senate Democrats on Thursday outlined an agenda that also includes doubling the state's minimum wage, expanding the state's Medicaid system under the Affordable Care Act, providing funding for public education and ethics reform.
Democrats say expanding Medicaid is a particular issue Georgia lawmakers should take action on.
Gov. Nathan Deal has said the state can't afford to expand the program. Sen. Vincent Fort, of Atlanta, says the federal government would cover about 90 percent of the cost and expanding the program "makes economic sense for individuals and businesses."
Democrats also say they'll try repealing a photo identification provision of a 2006 voter identification law.
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