In the end, money trumps ideology.
Gov. Sonny Perdue often has talked about improving government efficiency, so it functioned more like a business than a bureaucracy. And Republicans, in general, often talk about returning as much tax money to the people as possible.
But when revenue heads south and budget cuts take hold, both ideas appear to take a back seat.
Nearly 500,000 Georgia income tax returns have yet to be processed by the state Department of Revenue, and it could be months before all of the 2009 returns are handled.
AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin writes that state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham said the agency has absorbed a $12 million budget cut this year. A total of 280 jobs have been eliminated since October, including 155 in the processing division.
The cuts have hurt the ability of the revenue department to efficiently process tax returns, Graham said.
“We are, and I am personally, very unhappy and dissatisfied that this is the best we can perform under