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Greg Bluestein

A slow roll-out of Jason Carter’s legislative proposals

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Amid yesterday’s sharp-edged attack on Gov. Nathan Deal, Democrat Jason Carter outlined the first concrete legislative proposal of his campaign: A plan to separate education funding from the rest of the state’s budget.

My colleague Kristina Torres has the story on his proposed constitutional amendment, which requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers before it gets on the ballot. Suffice to say it’s the longest of long shots; Carter said he still lacks a single GOP co-sponsor.

But the presence of key House Democrats at his Wednesday and Thursday events, including House Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, shows that Carter has emerged as the go-to spokesman for his party in the Legislature.

Expect a slow roll-out of other legislative priorities he’ll propose to draw a contrast with Deal. Carter said the proposals involve lottery-funded programs, rural economic development and problems plaguing the child welfare system. He also hinted that a tax overhaul plan is in the works.

“I would like to see much broader tax reform than there was before,” said Carter. “I don’t think taxes should be raised, but we need an honest discussion about tax reform.”

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