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Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 12:07pm

Democratic Lawmakers Present Their Ideas To Balance Budget

Georgia state House and Senate Democrats gathered together today as part of the Working Famlies Legislative Caucus to present their ideas on how to balance the Georgia State budget. They say the state has to get more aggressive in collecting sales tax and they are pushing for a dollar tax on cigarettes.

Senator Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) said that Democrats also want Georgians who make more than $400,000 dollars to pay one percent more in taxes.

"This is an excellent time for Georgians to be calling their legislatures to say that they belive we should take a balanced approach and not put the budget crisis on the backs of working families who are already over burdened," said Orrock.

This is an election year for all state lawmakers, and Republicans have vowed not to raise taxes due to the downturn of the economy.