Democrats Start Goading GOP Into Action

24
Jan

Democrats Start Goading GOP Into Action

ATLANTA — Georgia Democrats have little power these days. They hold no statewide offices, and have forceless minorities in both chambers of the state legislature. So when House and Senate Democrats rolled out their agendas in separate press conferences Thursday, it’s not an exaggeration to say little of what they proposed will come to pass. Much of it will fail to even garner a committee vote, much less make it to the floor of either chamber for a vote.

Georgia Democrats have little power these days. They hold no statewide offices, and have forceless minorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

So when House and Senate Democrats rolled out their agendas in separate press conferences Thursday, it’s not an exaggeration to say little of what they proposed will come to pass. Much of it will fail to even garner a committee vote, much less make it to the floor of either chamber for a vote.

Here’s what they’re proposing:

*Ease voting registration rules; the Senate Dems want to repeal Georgia’s voter ID law while their colleagues in the House want online voter registration.

*Raise the minimum wage; Senate Democrats are proposing the state nearly double it to $10.10.

*HOPE scholarship changes, part two; House Democrats are proposing increasing tuition payments for recipients of the HOPE technical college grants.

Have We Mentioned Medicaid Expansion?

And of course a general refrain among Democrats is: Expand Medicaid so that 650,000 Georgians without healthcare can gain coverage. Gov. Nathan Deal reiterated his opposition Thursday even though, under the Affordable Healthcare Act, the federal government would initially pay for new enrollees. Privately, some Democrats concede Medicaid expansion may never happen in Georgia.

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