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Stacey Abrams Reveals 'Georgia Thrives' Economic Address

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Stacey Abrams wants Georgia’s budget surplus to be used to benefit Georgia residents. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate delivered her Georgia Thrives economic address outlining her vision Tuesday evening.

“First, we have to expand our skilled workforce,” according to Abrams. “Growing a skilled workforce requires leveraging all assets including partnering with technical colleges, small businesses and labor unions to generate more than 20,000 additional apprenticeships I will restore free technical college for Georgians. Georgia is one of two states in the country, and the only state in the south, that does not offer need-based financial aid for students. My administration will fund the empty need-based financial aid program by using lottery reserves to seed this fund.”

A former tax attorney, Abrams said her plan will create jobs, expand opportunity and grow the state’s economy…all without raising taxes.

“That is why I am calling for a constitutional amendment to allow Sports gaming and casinos in Georgia.”

She also called for expanding Medicaid, closing the digital divide and eliminating the equity gap.

Governor Brian Kemp is scheduled to release details of his plan for the $5 billion budget surplus Wednesday. It is expected to include more rebates on state income tax and property tax breaks for homeowners.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!