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Georgia Speaker of the House visits Columbus


Georgia speaker of the house David Ralston made a stop in Columbus Monday.

Ralston, along with state representatives, are traveling all over the state to speak to Georgians about issues that matter to them.

At a press conference at the Columbus Airport, Ralston talked about many issues including Healthcare and jobs.

Ralston said after the Supreme Court's ruling upholding key factors in President Obama's healthcare plan, the state could be in more trouble financially. 

Ralston also said Georgia already has a lack of Medicaid funding.  

"We already have challenges with our healthcare here in Georgia, with funding Medicaid,"  Ralston said.  "We've got a shortfall of at least three-hundred million dollars, we don't know yet what the full ramifications of what this decision is going to mean."

Ralston said that Georgia is dedicated to attracting more businesses and jobs. 

"What I have heard from Georgians the past couple of years that I've been speaker is, their number one issue is jobs," Ralston said. "They want us working focused on creating a climate that makes us competitive as a state."

Ralston said they've shown employers that Georgia is a good place to set up their businesses through tax reform.

Ralston also explained the state is going to wait until the November elections to see what their options are as far as repealing the Supreme Court's decision on the Obama healthcare law.

Ralston said the house is dedicated to making sure people in Georgia have accessibility to quality healthcare, they just disagree with how President Obama is doing it.

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