Democratic Caucus Agenda
Democrats in the Alabama House say they will support a state lottery referendum, a 6 percent raise for state employees and a tobacco tax increase. Those key items were on the agenda unveiled in Montgomery today.
House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says it's been 15 years since Alabama voters turned down a state lottery, and it's time for another statewide vote.
A $1-a-pack increase in tobacco tax is also on the agenda. It could help fund Medicaid and pay for a 6 percent raise for state employees and retirees. The caucus is also pushing a 6 percent raise for education employees and retirees. That would be funded by ending private school tax credits and repealing a law that limits the growth in state education spending.