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Mayor Pro-Tem Wants Federal Court To Lift Ban On Minority Business Program

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Augusta city leaders are preparing to make a federal case out of getting minority firms involved in city business.

Augusta Commissioners will debate next week if they should go back to federal court to get approval to create a race and gender incentive preference program.

A study in 2009 found that only 7% of city business went to women or minority firms, however the city can't have  a set a side a program because of a ruling by the federal court.

Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson wants Commissioners to begin the work to get that order lifted.

"And we want to be fair, George, and we want to give people who work here, who live here, who invest in this community to really partake into the business. I think that's not happening here, because we don't have mechanism in place to help guide us to that," says Johnson.

Johnson believes, if the Federal Court rules in the city's favor, a program could be in place by the end of the year. That could happen without the need of another costly disparity study.

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