- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two Republican leaders in the Legislature, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, are praising Gov. Robert Bentley’s stand against expanding the state Medicaid program.

The Republican governor used his State of the State speech Tuesday night to say America will never end of the plague of poverty by offering a deeper dependence on flawed government systems.

Hubbard says it’s the state’s goal to create more jobs to get people off Medicaid rather than expanding the Medicaid rolls.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford says Bentley’s speech contained so much criticism of Washington policy that he sounded like he was running for federal office rather than re-election to state office. Ford says Bentley needs to worry about Alabama, not Washington.

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