Senators feel the budget squeeze 

As Congress wrestles with the budget, Georgia's senators are under pressure from both sides: While Republicans urge Sens. Zell Miller and Max Cleland to continue to break ranks with fellow Democrats and line up with President Bush's tax-cutting outline, Democrats are hoping last-minute appeals will help sway them to vote against it or at least hold out for changes in the final document.

On Friday, the Georgia Fair Taxes for All Coalition released a list of state programs that will lose funding under the president's plan. Among them: health insurance for poor children, prescription drug coverage for the elderly, food stamps, Head Start, wastewater treatment and bridge construction and repair.

"We're hearing a lot from seniors about prescription drug coverage," says the coalition's Melinda Bell. "But we're also trying to let people know that things like Pell Grants and food stamps are also threatened ... we're hoping Sen. Cleland, especially, will take notice."

The group also pointed to figures showing that the largest group of Georgia taxpayers -- the 22 percent earning less than $15,000 a year -- would average about $61 apiece in tax breaks under the Bush plan; the 19 percent earning between $27,000 and $44,000 would average about $603; while the less than 1 percent earning more than $373,000 would average a tax break of $50,272.

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