Perdue signs tax cut for middle-income and wealthy seniors, hospital tax hike

In his final year in office, Gov. Sonny Perdue finally was able to fulfill one of his major campaign promises Wednesday when he signed legislation eliminating retirement state income taxes on middle-income and wealthy retirees.

Perdue has called for the end of taxes on non-work income for retirees for years. He said it will help allow Georgia to compete with states like Florida – which has no state income tax – for retirees looking to relocate.

During his first year in office, lawmakers approved a bill eliminating income taxes on retirement income up to $35,000 per year per person, or $70,000 per couple. With social security, couples can earn up to about $100,000 without paying state income taxes.

The new law Perdue signed Wednesday does away with retirement income taxes on all income above that level. Seniors would still be taxed on most income they receive from working.

The latest change will save middle- and upper-income retirees, and cost the state, about $150 million when fully implemented. The phase-out of the tax would begin in 2012.

The retiree tax break was added on to legislation that levies a new tax on hospitals and increases state fees by $90 million to help balance the state budget. The new law also eliminates the .25 of a mill state property tax.

“Signing this bill ensures a balanced budget and lays the groundwork for economic recovery,” Perdue said. “We are creating an environment that encourages seniors to spend their retirement years and dollars in Georgia.”

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A Realist

May 12th, 2010
4:40 pm

Thanks Sonny…..I’ll wave when I drive by your house on your road.

A State retiree

May 12th, 2010
4:46 pm

What about the rest of the retirees that don’t make that much? Why don’t you think about us. :-(

MSgt USAF Retired

May 12th, 2010
4:48 pm

About time…but thanks, much appreciated. Now how about some property tax relief for seniors.

I can read

May 12th, 2010
4:50 pm

Look at this section of the story. He already took care of that part.

During his first year in office, lawmakers approved a bill eliminating income taxes on retirement income up to $35,000 per year per person, or $70,000 per couple. With social security, couples could earn up to about $100,000 without paying state income taxes.

irony

May 12th, 2010
4:51 pm

maybe ’cause sonny’s about to retire????

RGB

May 12th, 2010
4:51 pm

“…he signed legislation eliminating retirement state income taxes on middle-income and wealthy retirees.”

“With social security, couples could earn up to about $100,000 without paying state income taxes.”

1. If the law permits couples to earn “up to about $100,000 without paying state income taxes”, then it doesn’t eliminate taxes. Therefore, your headline is incorrect.

2. You suggest that people who earn $100,000 are wealthy. Do you really consider someone in that bracket “wealthy”?

Libjournalists are fully on board with the Democrats worldview. May God help us.

micmac

May 12th, 2010
4:51 pm

What about the rest of the retirees that don’t make that much? You need stop being so sad.
You get the same tax break, so why are you complaining?

georgiadawg70

May 12th, 2010
4:53 pm

Thanks Sonny, We have paid enough over the years.

db

May 12th, 2010
4:53 pm

To – A State retiree…. The lower income was already taken care of early in his tenure. This is just adding the middle and upper as well. Now everyone has it, which by the way, it should be. Just don’t let Obama know.

Road Scholar

May 12th, 2010
4:56 pm

A Realist: Now make sure that “wave” includes all your fingers side by side!

abtoal

May 12th, 2010
4:57 pm

Way to go Sunny, take away more money from the state so our kids will never be able to retire. Well played again idiot

Retired Military

May 12th, 2010
4:59 pm

How about retired military pay at any age? This may entice me to call Georgia home when I retire from the military.

Atlanta mom

May 12th, 2010
4:59 pm

Why should retirees not pay taxes? They don’t use the public roads? They don’t call the police or fire departments? They already had $35,000 plus Social security (per person) exempted from taxes. That wasn’t enough? Talk about a rich man’s tax benefit.

And wWhat do they add to the economy? It’s not like they go out and spend a lot of money and add sales tax revenues to the state budget.

What a travesty.

Learn To Read

May 12th, 2010
5:00 pm

RGB, basic reading skills would have let you realize that the portions you are quoting refer to the FIRST bill. We know this because the paragraph starts with “During his first year in office”.

I guess you were just SOOO eager to (ignorantly) attack”libjournalists” that you didn’t actually read carefully, hmm?

I can read too

May 12th, 2010
5:03 pm

RGB — Did you not read the entire article like “A state retiree” also failed to do? Article says the tax was removed for all retirees, and no longer is capped at 100k. Moreover, the article’s headline reads “Perdue signs tax cut for middle income and wealthy seniors, hospital tax hike.” I don’t see anything in the headline inidicating that state income taxes are eliminated. Also, because all retirement income taxes are removed regardless of income level, the move does benefit the wealthy. The article does not state that people making 100k are wealthy. Get your facts straight dingbat.

Good Ole

May 12th, 2010
5:05 pm

Old Sonny took care of his Republican friends. :)

Let the poor folks pay all these higher state fees to help the people with more. That is backwards I think.

Larry

May 12th, 2010
5:05 pm

The money for this tax break has to come from somewhere because there is no such thing as a tax cut. So you move money from the weathly seniors to the middle and working class. And then you cut education over 4 billion dollars in 6 years. And raise the sales tax on the working poor.

majii

May 12th, 2010
5:10 pm

Atlanta mom,
That is exactly what I was wondering. I am a retired state employee and a progressive who doesn’t want this new law. It will be 8 years before I draw any Social Security payments or have access to Medicare, and I want to continue paying taxes so that the state will have a chance to overcome its’ budget woes. Every little bit of tax revenue can help to accomplish this goal.

MoonDogMange

May 12th, 2010
5:11 pm

Thank you Sonny!! We retired last year and are living the” high life”. Come on back down to Perry and let,s go fishing. Although not a dawg, let the big dawgs eat.

BLedbetter

May 12th, 2010
5:11 pm

“Perdue has called for the end of taxes on non-work income for retirees for years. He said it will help allow Georgia to compete with states like Florida – which has no state income tax – for retirees looking to relocate.”
Hey moron Governor, No one in Florida pays income tax because they have a state sales tax. If you had half a lick of sense this is the direction you would have taken the state to collect revenue from our illegal guests who rob government services. Way to punish the people that actually work and correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t the state have a MASSIVE deficit? Isn’t this sort of the wrong time to create tax cuts for non producers?

Atlanta mom

May 12th, 2010
5:12 pm

And let’s remember, Sonny did not do this all by himself. It had to get through the state legislature first. So maybe, all those irate parents over there on the “get schooled” blog, ought to be thinking about this.

HNBC

May 12th, 2010
5:12 pm

Waht a good guy Sonny is! NOT! Unfortunately, he and his Republican ilk only want to benefit a certain few folks. That becomes clearer with every piece of legislation they pass and that Sonny signs. Vote for Roy Barnes for the next Governor.

BobDog

May 12th, 2010
5:12 pm

Every dollar that gets cut from one place has to be made up in another. To oppose removal of taxes and fees on seniors is very unpopular and to support is a populist cause. We all benefit from government services, regardless of age. To give one segment a free ride places more burden on others. And yes, I am not too farm from retirement myself.

PerdueNeedsAClue

May 12th, 2010
5:14 pm

This is a joke, yes? Today’s retirees paid the least into Social Security and the least in tax. Now they have no tax on their retirement? Garbage politics as usual. Both parties need to be cleaned out.

Daddy

May 12th, 2010
5:15 pm

What a slap in the face to the public schools and the thousands of teachers that were laid off this week!

majii

May 12th, 2010
5:16 pm

Good Ole and Larry,

This is what is known as being fiscally irresponsible under the guise of claiming to be fiscally responsible. One only has to get the backing of a certain segment of the population to get away with this kind of governing. This will come back to bite our state’s budget in the butt.

tc

May 12th, 2010
5:19 pm

as good as it sounds, remember you lose your federal income tax deduction, which i think means you’ll only net about 66%.

TOBE

May 12th, 2010
5:20 pm

Thanks, Sonny!!!!!

Reality Check

May 12th, 2010
5:20 pm

Perdueneedsaclue – Please explain to us why they paid the lease into SS and the least in tax? Actually the tax rate use to be higher so maybe you need to get a clue.

johnny t-bone

May 12th, 2010
5:22 pm

To RGB:
I think someone (non-retired) earning $100,000/yr does not tell you anything about a person’s level of wealth.
However, if you are earning $100,000/yr in retirement from various sources like interest, dividends, capital gains, pension, and social security, it’s pretty obvious you are doing rather nicely and perhaps are indeed wealthy.
For kicks, let’s take out $25,000 for Social Security which leaves us with $75,000 of income generated from assets (cash in banks, stocks, etc.). Applying a current high 1-yr CD rate (1.5% simple interest) to that $75,000 of retirement income to broadly estimate assets you come up with $5,000,000 of income generating assets. This does not take into consideration houses, cars, possessions, only income producing assets. I know I would feel terribly poor if I only had $5,000,000 of assets that were there only to generate income. I don’t how I would survive.
Is $5,000,000 of income producing assets not considered wealthy in your part of the world?

Patrick

May 12th, 2010
5:24 pm

That is great news!! Now you can go broke just like us in Florida. The land of the next to worst schools and colleges in the country.

Laurie

May 12th, 2010
5:26 pm

That’s fine. When my daughter cannot get a decent paying job becasue her education in Ga sucked, we’ll go knock off seniors to subsidize…

wontmovenow"

May 12th, 2010
5:32 pm

GREAT.I still have to pay on $ 600,000.00……But in Cherokee I dont pay $ 5,200.00 in school tax and bonds…nor do I have to Pay in property tax for city of Canton……My retirement pays my medicare supplement coverage,but I have a $135.00 deductible…..And all fast food shop gives a senior discount……..What a country…………….

Dick

May 12th, 2010
5:32 pm

Majii – keep paying the tax income tax then, I am sure no one will mind. Retirees still pay real estate and sales taxes, and after paying taxes for forty or more years, most retirees have paid their fair share. In fact, their real estate taxes still pay for schools. My youngest graduated from high school 20 years ago yet I still pay. Yeah, not fair but that is the way it is. And if GA becomes a haven for retires, my guess is they will purchase goods and services that have sales taxes and pay real state taxes on their private property. This in turn will strengthen the GA economy.

Atlanta mom

May 12th, 2010
5:32 pm

As Johnny T Bone has pointed out. Retirement income is not just your IRA funds, or your retirement benefits from a job, as currently defined (and hopefully not under the new bill), Sonny has just exempted all dividend and interest from taxation, just as long as you are 62? What a guy!!!

Debdoes

May 12th, 2010
5:33 pm

RGB, obviously God has already helped you or you wouldn’t be complaining about taxes for the wealthy…now go back to the wife swap article and complain there, again.

Scott

May 12th, 2010
5:45 pm

@Bledbetter

As much as I agree that Sonny is a moron who has no clue about economics, I do believe that 4 cents of the sales tax we pay goes to the state. The rest is for assorted other initiatives (some local…which is funny seeing how the state still wants to tell us how we can spend that too)

BIG Nick

May 12th, 2010
5:45 pm

THANKS SONNY!!!!!!!!!!!

Gen Neyland

May 12th, 2010
5:46 pm

Let us consider the fine print in this legislation that we haven’t been privy to. I don’t know what it says but I’ll guarantee you it’s there and in the end, the state and feds will get theirs. They’ve never let me down once on that issue and in the long run, Seniors will still be paying into the system.

There are bills waiting to be signed that will increase the cost of living for all people. What this does is allow Seniors to live out their lives with some degree of possible false financial security. Their days of major earning potential are over and instead of focusing on the 70,000-100,000 brackets, give pause to the majority of our Seniors that are in much, much lower brackets. You know, they (We, I) have spent years paying into goverment run subsidies and systems that all have benefited and stolen from. As one that has earned a Senior discount by virture of outliving the non-applicable here, I’ll take whatever break I can and will do my best to make it work for myself my family just as I have in good times and bad…

boots

May 12th, 2010
5:51 pm

The Republicans just can’t quite get away from Reagan’s game plan. It didn’t trickle down for him and it won’t trickle down for Purdue.

However, let’s do the same thing over and over again, hoping for a different outcome this time. Sounds crazy, to me.

Bob

May 12th, 2010
5:52 pm

Some of you want to keep taxing seniors, well wait until Obama’s Tax-R-Us hits the fan, plus he’s not going to renew Bush’s tax cut. Remember, the famous “ObamaCare” coming with a big tax bill for us too. You will love uncle Sonny then…

sleestak63

May 12th, 2010
5:54 pm

How liberal of Sonny! He breaks people down by class just like a socialist would!
Everybody should be treated the same “everybody”
In reality it doesn’t matter anyway, because the USA is pretty much done for anyway

Atlanta mom

May 12th, 2010
5:55 pm

@ Reality check

Exacly when was the state income tax higher than 6% ?

atlien052

May 12th, 2010
5:56 pm

The article states the elimination of the tax will “cost the state” about $150 million. That’s typical liberal reporting. If, in fact, Georgia becomes a viable competitor to Florida for retirees (and based on the lower cost of living and similarly mild winter climate, I don’t see why it would not compete), then the state will gains 10 times that in other revenue: revenues from more dollars being spent by seniors, revenue from more construction on housing, revenue from the jobs created to build the housing, etc. I know it’s a hard concept for libs to understand, but lower taxes actually increases government revenues.

old timer

May 12th, 2010
5:56 pm

Maybe, I will come back to GA and bring my retirement pay with me…Moving to TN gave me a big raise.

eastbound and down

May 12th, 2010
5:59 pm

150 million in taxes just got moved to someone else’s wallet. maybe the retirees will move to GA and the working people will move out.

The Tar and Feathers Party

May 12th, 2010
6:05 pm

I luv slapping teachers in the face, thanks for the tax break Sonny! Now what is the gottcha? How old do I have to be to qualify? I retired at 57 with a 100K plus per year pension, so does the tax cut apply to me? or do I have to be some magic age?

Joe Six Pack

May 12th, 2010
6:05 pm

Thanks Sonny! You are consistent in igonoring our children’s education. Why would you eliminate an income source at at time when our State Budget needs it the most? You see, Sonny’s grandchildren all attend private school and are not affected by the educational cuts. I have been on the GOP bandwagon for a long time, but I am beginning to wonder if they are “really” looking out for us middle class Americans. Seems to me that we could have used some of that stimulas money the the Feds were handing out to States earlier. I am still trying to figure that one out. I have a lot more time to figure these things out now that I have lost my middle school music teaching job. Sonn you are a loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Gen Neyland

May 12th, 2010
6:05 pm

eastbound and down : In the long run, no. In the short run, no…We are getting new taxes and fees we’ve never seen before coming soon. Notary fee paid to be one upped to apx 150 from 25(?). Taxes on used car purchases from individuals, not just dealers. Plates and renewal tags are going up…Stick around. Nobody will be exempt…

Jeffrey

May 12th, 2010
6:07 pm

It is very interesting how he passes this a few months from his retirement date. LOL! Typical politician! Kind of reminds me of how Congress gives itself raises every year, along with the best healthcare plan on earth.

Joe Six Pack

May 12th, 2010
6:09 pm

One other thing Sonny. How much new business did you bring to the State of Georgia during your tenure? Records show that your administration has been horrible in this area. Have you even considered where that replacement income would come from. Oh, maybe we will sell the poor more scratch off lottery tickets.

Ray

May 12th, 2010
6:09 pm

Yes! And you lazy libs don’t get squat!

Get a freaking job if you want money, lazy free-loaders.

Why should we hold the us wealthy accountable for the rest being losers?

THANK YOU SONNY!

bravestigergirl

May 12th, 2010
6:11 pm

So now, with over 1500 teachers laid off, and probably 90% of those teachers making a significant contribution to the future of our children, we will have a state full of old and/or stupid people! What a shame. I am 8 years from retirement and am appalled

Learn To Read

May 12th, 2010
6:12 pm

“How liberal of Sonny! He breaks people down by class just like a socialist would!”

Please be less ignorant. Socialism is an economic system in which the means of production are owned by the state. It has nothing to do with class.

Now, Marxist philosophy suggests that class, which is inherent in any market society (it is, by the way) will ultimately result in revolution as the proletariat which produces all labor sees the product of that labor alienated and the profits reaped by the Bourgeoisie. This is a philosophical argument, you are free to agree or disagree with it (intelligently, please) as you choose, but please do not confuse it with something that it isn’t.

I really wish that every idiot who uses the word “Socialism” on a blog was forced to take a course in basic economics. It would save me the trouble of pointing at laughing at you.

ML

May 12th, 2010
6:12 pm

To Johnny – T Bone – You are on the right tract – however, $5,000,000 invested in individual Municipal bonds (not bond funds) could earn about $171,500 per year. (3.5%) And remember – Municipal Bonds are tax exempt on the Federal level and state exempt if the bond is issued in Georgia or whatever state you live in. Bottom line, $5,000,000 in liquid assets should earn a lot more than $75,000/year.

Learn To Read

May 12th, 2010
6:13 pm

By the way, idiot – saying “Everyone should be treated the same – EVERYONE” is far closer to MARXIST thought than anything else. Idiot.

The Democrats Atlas

May 12th, 2010
6:14 pm

Ah! More libtard news bending at it’s best. If you made it to retirement and got rich getting there, more power to you. One day I can only hope to live to see retirement and what ever I have when I get there is mine.

Gen Neyland

May 12th, 2010
6:18 pm

bravestigergirl : Many, me included, would disagree with you about our public education system of today. Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s ‘Fountainhead’ gave a wonderful speech in his court trial. I will attach it for you and any other that cares to use their public education skills to read and comprehend it.

http://nasonart.com/personal/lifelessons/fountainhead.html

boots

May 12th, 2010
6:19 pm

I hope the tax breaks for seniors works to attract those who are old and don’t have children, because those with children will look at our lack of commitment to education and think twice about coming.

Helluva trade-off: old folks for young producers with children.

Sara

May 12th, 2010
6:21 pm

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:22 pm

It is grossly unfair, and probably a violation of the equal protection clause. I doubt seriously that that many retirees will move here – most live where it is warm all year round, or near their family. However, the 150 million will be paid by someone else. Also, if the theory is the wealthy retiree has paid enough, how? They still use the state government just as any other law abiding citizens – driving on roads, funding their state representative. If you were going to give a tax break, why give it to someone WHO DOES NOT ACTUALLY NNNNEEEEDDD IT? Give it too the poor parents with a few kids, those people are probably already have problems making ends meet. Another perfect example of how repubs are the party of wealthy – if you keep voting repub, you will end up with a “fair tax” sales tax, which will again shift the burden of operating the government/society (which the wealthy already reap tremendous benefit off of), to those who earn less than $50,000. Which is probably at least 60% of us.

phoenixfalcon

May 12th, 2010
6:24 pm

so the POOR OLD PEOPLE have to pay taxes but the rich don’t???????? wtf???????

phoenixfalcon

May 12th, 2010
6:25 pm

this is stupid, and if you voted for this dude, your stupid too………

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:26 pm

the poor old pay no income tax, but still pay property & sales tax (at least sales tax)

Barney

May 12th, 2010
6:26 pm

And the college kids will have to pay 90% than 5 years ago. Great job Sonny.

Atlanta 1

May 12th, 2010
6:26 pm

The owner of my company is very much aware of this. He is seriously considering moving the entire operation to Georgia.

It would mean about 30 Jobs and a ton of money spent in this state, alot of it his own. Do not kid yourself – this will be effective.

Ignorance of how income is distributed in the country is a little scary…Look it up for yourself and decide who is paying what before making such hateful and ignorant comments.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:26 pm

Sonny – the Hall of Shame of inept Governors. Elmer Fudd takes the cake.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:27 pm

Atlanta 1 – is this guy retired, or not? Either way you look at it, it is bad policy.

Political Mongrel

May 12th, 2010
6:28 pm

” . . . and cost the state, about $150 million when fully implemented.” Yeah, that’s the way to fix the state’s tax shortfall. Reduce the state’s income. Typical GOPism.

Retired

May 12th, 2010
6:29 pm

What is the age on this. What if you retired at age 55?

Middle class and tired of it all...

May 12th, 2010
6:31 pm

I guess this means the mddle class have to pick up the difference somehow, again…just like we have to pay for Obama’s entitlement programs to those who are where they are mostly because of their own poor decisions and . all who do not, cannot, or will not work, but do vote. Stick it to us again, thanks. Why can’t we just have a flat tax so everyone gets screwed equally…maybe then politicos might count the money better.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:31 pm

don’t know the threshold age.

Retired

May 12th, 2010
6:31 pm

Atlanta 1, you are right. Most of these dummy’s dont get it.

Atlanta mom

May 12th, 2010
6:31 pm

Consider this: if I’m 65 and need to “work” I get to pay state income tax. But, if I was highly paid and able to put funds into retirement accounts (because my employer had retirement accounts), then I don’t have to pay taxes. Why do I have to pay taxes on “earned income”, but not on investment income?

lynnbo

May 12th, 2010
6:32 pm

Many of my friends nearing retirement where looking to move to states that had better tax rates, retired folks usually spend more and require less services from the government.
Our teachers would not have had furloughs if the Universitys hadn’t given so much tuition away to illegals, costing our state millions in lost tuition. They refuse to verify students legal status and they give them the hope. Illegals have bankrupted the social services of Georgia and social security.
Thanks for not enforcing our laws Sonny, this is his real legacy. Giving our childrens future away to people who will never appreciate it.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:33 pm

Retired – I assume you are biased, and benefitting from the law. What don’t we get? Potential new people moving here? What in your crystal ball is it telling you, how many?

Retired

May 12th, 2010
6:34 pm

Yeah, most retirees live in FLorida, Tennessee and Alabama where they don’t pay taxes on retirement income. Like they say in South Georgia, Retirees in Florida live there and come up to Georgia to shop. Let’s get them here to help pay property taxes also.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:34 pm

the source of the income should not matter, as a policy position. it is an income tax, not a wages tax.

bravestigergirl

May 12th, 2010
6:34 pm

gen neyland: I was reading at a college level in the 4th grade with the help of vigilant parents and public school teachers in Detroit that cared about my education. I am the very proud parent of a graduate level middle school science teacher whose passion is the education of children. I have read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged…do not need your help! Be part of the soulution, not part of the problem.

Retired

May 12th, 2010
6:35 pm

Padd O, I think you are fighting a loosing battle. If you keep reading you might get it.

Barney

May 12th, 2010
6:36 pm

Retired 6:31. I’m an student and every year I have to pay more. I have already a part time job, and if I don’t get another job I don’t know how I’m going to pay next semester. Maybe you are the one who doesn’t get it.

Middle class and tired of it all...

May 12th, 2010
6:36 pm

Personally, I think there should not be tax breaks to ANY class of people, rich or poor…without work incentives.

Bobby

May 12th, 2010
6:37 pm

Sonny Perdue and his wife are such Christian hypocrites. I would them be atheists, muslims or anything else. They give the Christian Church a really bad name.

I’ll be retiring within the next 7 to 10 years and I see no reason for this law. Retirees should pay their fair share just as I have to pay my fair share for school taxes despite being single and having no children in public schools.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

Not too sure about the TN & AL. FL & AZ are known retirement destinations. But FL makes up for it in heavy sales tax, especially allowing local governments to enact local sales taxes. this would be a big benefit – provided it must be voted on by the affected citizens. almost all local governments need funds to maintain roads and improve facilites, but are revenue starved. Also, Sonny ran up a HUGE bond debt while he was governor, which will now have to paid off in a bad economy by a now not-growing state. What is your estimate on the # of additional retirees that will move here after the passage of this bill?

Retired

May 12th, 2010
6:39 pm

Hey Barney, Get smart and draw from the Hope. Most of you people come from up north where taxes are so high. Came down here for a better life and want to make it like up north. Delta’s ready when you are!

jc

May 12th, 2010
6:40 pm

In the past, this applied only to people 62 or older. Is that still going to be true? Does it apply to investment income also, or just pension and ss income?

Atlanta mom

May 12th, 2010
6:41 pm

Paddy O, that’s my point–but according to the article
“Perdue has called for the end of taxes on non-work income for retirees for years”
That makes me think, if I work, I pay taxes, but if I have retirement funds, I don’t pay taxes.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:41 pm

Of course, I am not retired and gain no benefit from the law, so I too am biased. I strongly support the transfer of government operations to sales tax as much as possible – I think the max Georgians will ever pay is 10% sales tax; so, how do you divvy that up? Of course, you can’t increase sales tax unless it reduces another tax. The more diverse you tax source, the better you are to weather a downturn. And who knew that Yale, Harvard & every other MBA program was turning out inept bank CEO’s?

twinkletoes

May 12th, 2010
6:43 pm

Dear State Retiree,
The state already thinks about those in the lower income brackets. If your adjusted gross income is $6,300 or less, you don’t even have to report! WONDERFUL!

Barney

May 12th, 2010
6:44 pm

Retired, I’m from Macon and I want to stay in my Georgia. I just want to have a better education, and if we have a crisis, everybody should be paying for that, not just us. You probably never went to college.

hoot tee

May 12th, 2010
6:45 pm

yea!!!! at least at a certain age producers can quit looking over their shoulders at the unmotivated looters in this GREAT country…the poor folks don’t pay now so what’s the problem with the goose keeping an egg or two.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:45 pm

It would appear to benefit Savannah and the GA coast the most, as these climates are favorable to FL, plus have nice beaches & barrier islands.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:49 pm

GA is a great state – if you do well in HS, Hope defrays debt you might otherwise accumulate while in school. The state has low cost of living, Atlanta with all the pro sports teams, mountains, the beach, the best state parks. Now if we only had commuter rail and enough water. Two problems that Sonny Perdue utterly failed to address.

Paddy O

May 12th, 2010
6:51 pm

atlanta – I don’t know if it treats the source of income differently. I would not think it would. You should already benefit from the standard $35,000 per person deduction.

janet

May 12th, 2010
6:51 pm

Why would any state want to attract more retirees? They don’t spend money on goods or services unless it is at a discount which they think they are entitled to. They need more social services provided by the governments (local, state ) and health care. There is no trickle down from older adults. I am 64 and don’t see my peers spending a dime extra and these people are not poor by any stretch…just cheap.

Atlanta mom

May 12th, 2010
6:54 pm

LOL, thank you Janet

Oh the irony...

May 12th, 2010
6:55 pm

…of GA retirees scoffing at keeping their money from the “unmotivated looters”, and lauding a proposal that they hope will bring in other elderly “non-producers” who will come to this state to soak up government resources without paying a dime into it thanks to this new rule. Unmotivated looters, indeed.

Retired

May 12th, 2010
7:04 pm

Janet, Retirees tend to buy nice homes and pay property taxes. They also tend to pay for insurance that takes care of their medical needs. We need someone to take up the slack on our poor real estate market.

Retired

May 12th, 2010
7:06 pm

That’s a terrible thing to call retirees “Unmotivated looters”. They have money that they will spend in our state. They have worked all their lives and earned the right to enjoy retirement.

RoadRanger

May 12th, 2010
7:08 pm

Thank you, Sonny and legislature! It may not start until 2012, but this is going to add BILLIONS to the Georgia economy over the coming years. Much of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of older Americans who will be looking to retire in those states that understand prosperity does not begin with taxation. These new Georgians will create wealth for other Georgians by spending their annuities and other nonworking incomes here because of the tax-free environment. I can almost hear the Yankees and Florida “half-back” wannabees packing in anticipation of a move to Georgia in 2012.

Gen Neyland

May 12th, 2010
7:08 pm

bravestigergirl : The problem IS public education. It has grown steadily worse and worse in the past, say, 30 years. If you’re as sharp as you state to be, you would know that public education has an agenda that is nothing short of govermetal controlled indoctrination. We could stand to lose a few of those misguided public educators. That, me lady, is my take and a part of the solution.

“One man with courage makes a majority” Andrew Jackson.

Gen Neyland

May 12th, 2010
7:33 pm

Nobody (bravestigergirl included) will probably read this but I’m gonna dump it. When I attended public education back in the 1950’s and 60’s, teachers rolled to school in used Ramblers, Studebakers, Fairlanes and Comets. They were into teaching not for the money, but to make a difference. They loved their jobs and didn’t sit on the edge of their seats waiting for the booku holidays of today, nor summer break. The newest BMW or SUV of today’s modern day educator tells the story. It’s about money. If a child passed from grade to grade, they earned it. It wasn’t gifted with extra credits just for showing up. I’m ashamed of the overall public education system today and for what it’s doing to our youth…

Reality

May 12th, 2010
7:42 pm

Education starts at home ! The taxpayers of Georgia have had enough of flushing dollars down the rat hole known as public education.

If every teach was paid $100,000 a year, do you really think your kid would get a better education? Fire 80% of school administration and stop funding the sports. Then we’ll get back to the goal of education.

bob johnson

May 12th, 2010
8:00 pm

It sure will be relief for ole sonny to go off into the sunset……but then he will most likely lay on a surprise of some deal he has cooked up to keep him in the limelight.

BUDGET SHORTFALL

May 12th, 2010
8:24 pm

Why would you cut taxes on anyone in this state when you are gutting the education system that is this state’s only hope for a future? While I dislike paying taxes as much as the next person, tax revenue is needed to fund education and public services.

Barney

May 12th, 2010
8:44 pm

Reality, if a teacher would get paid $100,000 a year, of course our kids would have a better education. Right now, if you are smart and you get a Ph.D you wouldn’t try to be a teacher when you can make 4 times more in any other job.

Disillusioned Deltoid

May 12th, 2010
8:53 pm

Just reading most of these comments makes me glad all over again that I moved out of your backward state after the good old home town airline raped my retirement. Perdue realizes that the retirees have paid their dues and have produced more than most of these youngsters will ever come close to producing for the economy. Since many of us retired Deltoids lost 60% or more of our retirement due to the actions of “The Family” it’s great that someone finally gives the retirees a break. If you look at the numbers retirees spending is a cornerstone of the retail market in any area where retirees tend to live. This adds sales taxes and real estate taxes to the state’s take. Only a few of the progressive and obviously educated folks realize that this is a good thing. Let some of these naysayers lose 60% of their retirement pay and have the rest eaten away by the demise of the stock market (where most of the assets we have must be kept in somewhat aggressive investments in order to procuce enough income to live) and see how they would welcome anything that would help keep the government out of what’s left.

Geezer

May 12th, 2010
8:59 pm

Bobby, if you are single and have never had children in the school system you have paid far more than your fair share of the cost of educating children.

In order to make up for the loss of funds for education I recommend the exemption for children be eliminated and the increased tax revenue could be used for education. That way parents could pay more for their children’s education.

For those who disagree with this tax break for seniors, you do know you can make a contribution to the state treasury any time you wish. Why don’t you just give all your discretionary money to the state or the feds. No one will object.

Rural Education

May 12th, 2010
9:22 pm

I just don’t see thousands of retirees deciding to move to Ga. Tenn has much prettier views and Fla has better weather. This will do little if anything to increase revenue. Have we not been down this “Trickle Down” road twice before? It left us with a declining middle class and huge deficits. The truth is that Republicans learned long ago that if you say you love Jesus and guns you win.

Charles

May 12th, 2010
9:28 pm

good ole!
The tax exemption only applies to Republicans and doubles State income taxes for Democrats.
I am a conservative Republican who turns 65 in June and this is the stupidest income tax law there could be. So now we have a new ’special’ group that pays no income tax to go along with the 52.9% of filers who already pay no income tax but receive some sort of refundable credit. All this while we give teachers pink slips, close down rest stops on interstates, cut back on budgets at colleges and universities, be forced to begin early release of State prisoners, and the list goes on and on. There must be some sort of death wish because who will treat these old geezers after the schools no longer have the resources to identify and educate exceptional students, many of whom do go on to become medical professionals?
Is it fair for me to skate by paying no income tax when a couple with both spouses working making a third of my income while paying daycare are living at poverty level to support my wrinkled butt. I think not. Repeal this law during the next session of the legislature.
Florida has no income tax. Let ‘em move there.
Oh yeah. Bye!

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama, BEND OVER Here Comes the CHANGE!

May 12th, 2010
9:46 pm

Because you’re old, you don’t have to pay taxes on income?
What the hell is up with that.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama, BEND OVER Here Comes the CHANGE!

May 12th, 2010
9:49 pm

Geezer, We just want EVERYONE to pay their fair share, including SENIORS. You’re still getting benefits, you should pay for them.

cloudy

May 12th, 2010
10:22 pm

Sonny you have been a do nothing Governor for our state. And your parting shot is to continue to take care of the wealthy to the exclusion of the poor. You are a joke sir

Ole Herm

May 12th, 2010
10:32 pm

Janet,
Add to your list of societal costs, the fact that seniors vote in a higher proportion than other voter groups, so good luck ever trying to pass a bond referendum for public schools-even though they get the senior exemption. Better start contributing to the private schools fundraiser. Additionally, the number one determinant companies look for in making a relocation decision is an educated workforce-at least those companies offering the high value jobs everyone wants.

Bobbi

May 12th, 2010
10:36 pm

The only ‘thanks’ I have for Sonny is for him to be leaving office. Everything he’s done has been for his own benefit.

Keith

May 12th, 2010
10:39 pm

This will keep us in GA, thanks.

Larry G

May 12th, 2010
10:41 pm

What makes people think that governments has an obligation to tax individuals in every conceivable possibility? What’s wrong with hand-off our seniors’ retirement income. It’s their’s, not your’s.

Tony

May 12th, 2010
11:06 pm

My opinion is this will not help Georgia at all. Rant all you want, but my experience is that only people FROM georgia want to retire here. Florida or Georgia? HMMMM…No brainer..Florida every time. Commenters would actually have us believe that “retired” folks would now somehow consider Georgia for retirement just because it doesn’t tax old folks who have up to $100k incomes.
Baloney. Soon to be retiree Sonny is only giving a hand out to his cronies. I think everyone who makes money as a resident of Georgia should have to pay taxes. No loopholes. Some sort of Fairtax would take care of it.

Tracie

May 12th, 2010
11:17 pm

How many of you are complaining and not reading. ALL retirement income for seniors is now taxfree. Read and re-read if you have to. Man there are some of you that think bad and read what you want to read. Get your heads out of the dirt. Sonny just took away ALL retirement income tax for all levels. Now if you still work, yes you have to pay tax on that working money only. Man, some of you are never EVER happy.

The Cynical White Boy

May 13th, 2010
12:19 am

Governor Go-Fish did NOT sign a TAX BREAK for seniors, he signed a TAX INCREASE for all non-seniors.

Hell, sure must be nice to be either (1) senior; (2) “poor” (3) unemployed; and/or (4) illegal.

You get Oh-Blah-Blah style benefits – all paid by the working middle class.

Robert Williams

May 13th, 2010
4:41 am

Just keep living and you’ll reach retirement too, not everyone who has a 401K is a filthy huge wage earner, if you put back just a little bit over time you could retire as well as anyone else. Stop your complaining take care of yourself and don’t count on the goverment to take care of you, remember the one who controlls the money controls you. control yourself.If anyone wants to pay more taxes, go ahead they will be happy to accept your personall check.

Roswell Dad

May 13th, 2010
5:05 am

In my opinion and experience, the primary reason retirees come to Georgia is because their children & grandchildren live here, not because of the income tax rates.

If Sonny wins the Mega Million jackpot of $100 million in 2016 and is 65 or more, he pays no Georgia income tax on the winnings because under current Georgia income tax law gambling winnings are considered retirement income. However, if Sonny had been 61 years old in 2016, he pays Georgia income taxes on all of the $100 million gambling winnings. Why are winnings from gambling considered retirement income? What should be considered retirement income? Why is all income other than earned income considered retirement income?

Dave rrom GT

May 13th, 2010
7:00 am

Just what you need, more rich yankees.

AntiBoortz

May 13th, 2010
7:07 am

“Everyone knows when you cut taxes revenue goes up!” Remember that BS? Lets see if State revenues go up because seniors stay here scot free.

VERITAS

May 13th, 2010
7:09 am

How about a gradual elimination of the state income tax for ALL residents? Replace it with a sales tax increase. The more you purchase, the more in taxes you pay !

AntiBoortz

May 13th, 2010
7:11 am

Oh, I’ll appreciate my extra $6,000 and spend it on myself. But, who’ll pay law enforcement, firefighters, and teachers. We are acting like the Something-for-Nothing-ist Greeks!

Tonto

May 13th, 2010
7:36 am

“One man with courage makes a majority” Andrew Jackson.

He also killed thouands of Cherokees and stole their property.

SouthernGal

May 13th, 2010
7:50 am

FL, TN & TX have NO state income taxes and are no worse off than GA. How do they survive?

pete

May 13th, 2010
7:55 am

Just pack your bags and move to Georgia tax free enviroment.Dont worry you can still bitch about the tea thats not sweet enough, because I am sure they will.

pete

May 13th, 2010
8:09 am

I will be glad to see him gone.He is not for the people and Karen Handle is not for the people, she is just leftovers of Purdue.

Bledbetter

May 13th, 2010
8:14 am

@Scott

Florida only pays sales tax, not a sales tax and income tax like Georgia, that is my point.

howard

May 13th, 2010
8:15 am

Sonny keeps hurting the working poor…but, at least he gets us to pay for his road.

Moderate

May 13th, 2010
8:16 am

It’s interesting to see the variety of perceptions of “seniors”. It seems nobody understands that this demographic is made up of all kinds of folks.

One writer chastised retirees as “coupon clippers” and people who only buy at discount! Why isn’t everybody doing this, particularly those on lower incomes? I’m not totally in favor of the tax change, but I understand the logic. Few of the folks who will benefit are among the very, very rich; they will live wherever they please, including Sonny; tax laws won’t move many. But the thousands of citizens who have worked hard, saved and invested, avoided huge mortgages and expensive cars, and been prudent with their money may stay in Georgia. Among our friends (50’s and 60’s) a large proportion have moved or are planning to move from Georgia at retirement. These folks do spend money.

Elizabeth

May 13th, 2010
8:19 am

Let me get this straight. We have a massive budget shortfall and Sonny CUTS taxes? How exactly does he expect us to have good schools, roads, etc. if he CUTS funding sources?

Republicans always think they can get something for nothing!

pete

May 13th, 2010
8:21 am

They will move her pay no taxes,familys will put them in georgia nursing homes declare them broke and state money will have to take care of them.This is money that we pay in.No I think they should go rt on paying.Soon we will have the burden of taking care of everybodys old lets see how broke we get then.

Chief

May 13th, 2010
8:26 am

Great Job Sonny. Remove taxes on non-productive people and raise them on those that work, all the while continuing giving the non-productive ones generous benefits in exchange for votes.

Ken W.

May 13th, 2010
8:29 am

GA just went to the top of the relocation list for me. My NC state retirement is exempt from state income taxes. I am more than willing to move to Atlanta and spend it in GA. I have no problem giving it to you in sales and property taxes. I have never been a registered Republican but I may need to take a second look. Thanks Gov. Perdue.

Randy

May 13th, 2010
8:43 am

What about military retirement? Georgia reaps the benefits of millions of dollars from our military bases and the people who live in those communities, yet military retirees pay state tax on their retirement income. This should have been included in this bill.

LCJ

May 13th, 2010
8:57 am

What’s all this complaining about us “non-producers” as someone so eloquently described us “retirees”. I don’t know about you…but my husband spent his whole life working for (and protecting) our state…and just as he did his whole life, he is working two jobs to make ends meet because the state pays so little in the first place. So even though he is retired from saving people from burning buildings (and the health effects that come from that)… he is still working and paying taxes … only to find out that they want to take his pension away to pay for the way the city has mis-handled it’s money! Oh yeah, and his spouse (me) is still paying taxes just as required!

Pat

May 13th, 2010
8:57 am

Thank you to Gov. Perdue Because you signed this bill, I will be able to continue to live in Georgia….A retired senior citizen…

Vic

May 13th, 2010
9:18 am

Regarding the “tax break” — thanks to Sonny & Larry — well done !! — I’ve WORKED all my life, so why shouldn’t I enjoy freedom from taxation after retirement — I’ve paid my dues !! — as far as attracting retirees to the state, just a quick question, who would you rather have live in the state, a stable retiree with money to spend or some social income person from Detroit milking the system ?? — pretty much a no brainer there — get over it — to the social “reformers”, get up off your butts and get a real job instead of figuring ways to take the money I’ve worked for over my lifetime —

Regarding the comments on Highway 96 — once again the media has supplied a “twisted” story with no logic to public — anyone who has ever driven SR96 at the intersection of SR247 knows of the turns and whacky intersection on a railroad track — pretty stupid when it was built by carpet baggers years ago — just my take, I think it’s pretty smart to “straighten” and eliminate a death trap — also there is an entrance to a school on the present SR96 — just what I want we need, a major east west highway in a school zone — get over it dude, the highway 96 has been in various stages of construction from Columbus for almost 20 years and in the planning stage for almost 50 years — when complete will provide a line of communication from Savannah to Columbus — guess your view is myopic, if it doesn’t happen in Atlanta is doesn’t happen —

Cheers — The old man –

Morrus

May 13th, 2010
9:21 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

George (State Employee)

May 13th, 2010
9:38 am

For those of you who love to cut taxes and believe you I don’t like to pay anymore than I should Education, Health and Public Saftey get 85% of every State dollars so for every $Dollar you cut 85 cents comes out of Education, Health and Public Safety. So if you are for this don’t cry when you read the paper today and it talks about the 1500 teachers in the metro area who will be let go. Georgia has plenty of options Cigarette taxes, Beer and Liquor taxes, Horse racing, Casinos these could easily be raised and these are volunteer taxes if don’t want to pay them do use them.

Base

May 13th, 2010
9:50 am

There is no free lunch!

Rick

May 13th, 2010
9:51 am

M Sgt USAF Retired

Where is it a written that just because you are a senior you are exempt from paying any type of tax. I am an educator and I do not appreciate, or do I think it is fair for you and your fellow elders to be exempt from paying taxes. If you want to live in a state that has educated individuals keep paying your taxes and quit whinning. I appreciate your service to our country, but I do not agree with you folks wanting a free ride. If you are living, you have a vested interest in your community. Keep paying until you pass.

Cliff

May 13th, 2010
10:04 am

Meanwhile, teachers are being laid off and class sizes are growing because school districts do not have enough money. I disagree that we should create tax incentives for retirees to move to Georgia. If living in the great state of Georgia is not incentive enough, then we don’t want you.

Jack and Jill

May 13th, 2010
10:13 am

Sonny Perdue-due is the sorriest Gov. we have had. Look what he has done to public education in Cobb County alone. He is a sanke in the grass and is probably robbing the state.

Pompano Jane

May 13th, 2010
10:57 am

Okay. I don’t have time to read everybodys comments and I’m sure mine wll get lost in the list, BUT, for what I have read so far, some of these folks have not got a clue

@ ATLANTA MOM – Retirees ARE the ones that spend money. I’m not talking about the folks that survive ONLY on SSI, but those folks that have pensions. My mother is 75 years old, lives alone and spends money like it grows on trees. So you need to get your facts straight.

@ Majii – If you want to continue to pay state tax, to do your part you can always designate what ever amount you’d like to continue to go to the state.

@ BLedbetter – I don’t know what turnip truck you fell off of but GEORGIA HAS A STATE SALES TAX. It’s about 7% statewide on average.

@ PerdueNeedsAClue – Not sure how old you are, but I started paying into Social Security in 1974 and as of this year I have paid in 36 years and I am only 54 yrs old. I am part of the Baby Boomer group and actually have paid more in than any generation before me or any generation that will follow me. So you need to get your facts straight too.

I can’t BELIEVE how ignorant folks are. The Dumb Masses of the world really need to wake up!

Jane

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Lucy

May 13th, 2010
11:06 am

If you didn’t feel the other shoe drop when he signed that legislation, don’t worry, you will feel it pretty soon.

Old Codger

May 13th, 2010
11:46 am

Because most of my income consists of Social Security and pension income, I paid zero Georgia income taxes for 2009. But what’s really stupid is the inconsistency of the tax laws. For example, while I’m exempt from income tax, I’m also ineligible for some of the property tax breaks that are based on income level. What gives?

Somebody’s going to have to pay taxes. We can’t go on firing teachers and increasing class sizes if we’re to expect any kind of future. I must conclude that this latest income tax law is loony—some of the wealthiest people in the entire state are now exempt from state income taxes. How many more teachers are going to get the ax and how many more students are going to be shafted to pay for that?

oldmanrick

May 13th, 2010
11:52 am

I bet most of you think we should have a large death tax on whatever any one owns when they die. I bet you think the goverment should go in there with their guns drawn and take it all and give you part of it, yet you do not mind illealges comming in here and bleading the system dry, or all the people having babies so they will have more goverment money coming to them. The old people that have enough income to bother you, worked hard to get there, they have paid their dues to this state. Most of your problems are that you don’t like the idea of someone having something that you cannot get you grubby hands on a part of. The problem this state has with money, there are to many people with their hands out , wnating something ,they think is owed to them just because of their color or where they are from. Let take care of the problem of waste and people getting money they are not owed before you condeam the governor for doing what is right. Stop the illeagles from using ore schools, foodstamps, and hospitals as a free meal ticket, send them home and we can use the money from that to help the state. Do not give be the bull about how much the illeagles spend in the state, Thaey send most of theirs out of the country. The make labor prises so low, that Americans can not work for them. We should lock up anyone hirei ng any illeagle for wor, anyone, the little old lady that needs her grass cut all the way up to the boss on the goverment contracts that pay the workers under the table. Lock them up to start and let the pay the state what is lost revenue caused by their actions. Then we can go after the ones that are abusing the foodstamps. This type junk is the main problem with the money of this state. If you are one of the ones that go by and pick up a day worker to paint your house, you are part of the problem, a big part.
What everybody needs to do is stop bitching about what the old people are getting, they will be gone soon and you will be after what they leave. We need to start working on the problem of what our future is going to be. Our kids and grandkids needs a state to grow up in. Whether they are on welfair or wealty depends on what we do as a people of this state now. We cannot wait untill five or ten years from now. It take a large ocean to turn around a big ship. Our ship is leanind real bad and is going to be that much harder to change directions. We are going to have to do it. MAybe alarger state sales tax on everything sold in the state, more gas tax, something has to be done so that everybody in the state has to help turn it around. Whether you are rich or poor, you need to pay your part. If everybody pays, each part will not be that big. But we are going to have to stop giving part of it back to the ones that use the most. They need to pay their part too.
You may call me a racist, what ever you want to call me, but we have to do something. Leave the old folks along, and no I am not an old folk yea, but getting there, and no I don’t have the income for you to wory about. The jobs market took all of that. My job moved out of state because of the taxes in Ga.

Roy Barnes

May 13th, 2010
11:57 am

Another gimmick by the racist, tea-partying Republicans to rob the poor and give to the RICH !

Jimmy Carter

May 13th, 2010
12:08 pm

This fiscal irresponsibility by the Republicans will only hurt the poor among us who struggle to subsist on a daily basis. Sonny should be ashamed of himself.

pete

May 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

Maybe if all the working class people leave who would foot the bill for roads? It would look like mexico, see all the rich and the dirt roads.

Gen Neyland

May 13th, 2010
12:27 pm

Hmm. Wonder how much of a tax break Seniors get on Child Credits and dependant status..?

President Obama

May 13th, 2010
12:33 pm

Speaker Pelosi will support legislation for Slavery Reparations. With so many descendants of slaves residing in Georgia, their reparation checks will generate immediate and much-needed stimulus for Georgia business, especially for beauty salons, liquor stores and fried chicken joints.

Bledbetter

May 13th, 2010
12:59 pm

@Pompano Jane

Wow, before throwing insults you should read what I wrote…that Georgia pays Sales Tax AND Income Tax. Please learn to read.

Chalkoneup

May 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Sounds like some of you need to just move to Cuba, that Nirvana where
everyone is the same, gets the same and mediocrity prevails.
Bye-bye…no more nanny-state!

Hector

May 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

Wow, we as a state cannot afford basic necessities in education. Public safety is being cut on almost a weekly basis, and this guy is figuring out ways for him and his buddies to avoid paying taxes. He’s concerned about attracting retirees to the state. Well Sonny, while you may gain a few “snowbirds,” in the state, what are businesses going to do when the crime rate goes up? What are families going to do when we are 50th in the nation in education, and there are no jobs? I’ll help you out, they are going to move.

So great, you are trying to set up a state where the rates of non-tax paying retirees are on the rise. Meanwhile the number of taxpaying citizens as well as businesses and industry are on the decline.

Way to pave the way for the future. Twenty years of growth and progress down the drain.

Don'tforget

May 13th, 2010
2:09 pm

Bottom line: Legislators passed this bill!!!!!!!! What part of that do ya’ll (you ALL) not understand??? These are the same Legislators that were Democrats until Sonny was elected and then they got up one morning and switched parties. Anyone who still wants to “donate” money to the State of Ga. can still do so. I bet they won’t!!!!

Republicrat

May 13th, 2010
2:25 pm

Most of these Republicans in Georgia were Democrats just a few short years ago. Can’t trust any of them ! All they care about is their own special interests and buying votes to keep getting re-elected.

imgibson

May 13th, 2010
2:28 pm

It would be easier to thank Sonny if he hadn’t already made millions himself off the taxpayers with his personal projects which took precedent over schools, education and the such. And the sheep just keeping voting the good ole boys back into office.

Mad Hatter

May 13th, 2010
5:41 pm

Funny, Sonny. A law passed on your watch helped you dodge taxes on your Florida property. Now you are ready to retire and you won’t have to pay income tax in Georgia. Now, the route for HWY 96 is bordered by your property. It’s been a great joy to see your work for the Citzens of Georgia. NOT!

Cholmondeley

May 13th, 2010
8:05 pm

Does anyone know what you have to do to qualify as a senior, and exactly what constitutes retirement income? Does anyone who is over 62 years of age qualify? Are all dividends and interest classified as retirement income? I have been thinking of moving to Florida to avoid Georgia’s income tax and would like to know if I qualify for the tax break, no doubt others would like ot know if they qualify too. It would be nice to stay in Georgia, and I certainly would not mind paying a higher sales tax if it is needed to fund the state government.

Almost Retired

May 13th, 2010
9:46 pm

For those of you that keep writing about Florida’s marvelous weather, let me remind you that in 2004 the State of Florida was devastated by numerous hurricanes. After that year many Floridians, including many retirees, chose not to rebuild in Florida. They moved to Georgia to escape BAD WEATHER! Georgia’s climate is moderate and attractive to most people north of the Mason/Dixon line. I think that giving elderly retirees a tax break is great. Gives us old folks something to live for! We have been taxed to death all our lives; and at best this tax break will only save a retired person a couple of thousand dollars per year. They pay more than than in property tax and school taxes every year. Thank you, Governor Perdue, this is the one and only thing with which I have agreed with you and I am not yet eligible for this tax exemption. I am happy for those who are.

Buge

May 13th, 2010
9:47 pm

The state is in trouble because of the welfare class.they get free housing free food free school free electric why not give them a free limo and free dope

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Donna Lou

May 13th, 2010
10:37 pm

Hmmmm. . . FL and TN no worse off than GA? I seem to remember no school buses running in TN a few years ago because there were no funds to operate them. FL has an advantage to operate exclusively with sales tax because of the tourist industry. GA does not have that luxury. Stone Mountain and Six Flags can only attract so many people. Georgia has already witnessed major funding cuts to educational budgets and we will reap those devastating results when it is too late to rectify the harm done. Experts anticipate more severe budget cuts for the 2010-11 school year. So would I prefer to saddle myself with state income taxes for life to support quality education, healthcare, road maintenance, bridge maintenance, etc. as an investment in the quality of life for my state or enjoy a tax break in retirement? My money is on state services and a well educated population. We will not enjoy a well educated public with 40 students in a classroom, especially if some of those students have special learning needs.

Some of you say teachers are whining about money. I say teachers are being forced into mediocrity by having to do too much with too little (resources of time and money). (I spent $175 out of my own pocket for my classroom last week.) The multitude of tasks are becoming more impossible by the minute. Please remember, the greater the load on a teacher, the less your child will receive from that teacher. It is simple logic. Personally I have worked the past couple of nights until 11 pm and don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a bit. What I mind is not being capable of meeting the professional expectations that I hold for myself. It was not like this 3-4 years ago. So much has changed with the budget cuts and No Child Left Behind. The work day has taken on a frenzied pace and there is much remaining left undone at the end of the day. We work harder and harder, longer and longer hours, and leave work to work more at home, heading to bed late most nights feeling unfinished, worn out and often unappreciated because everyone is an expert in education and holds the teacher accoutable for all that ails the educational system and society in general. Even so, many of us still face the uncertainty of a position next year due to reductions in state revenue. NOW THIS!

I just ran across my campaign T-Shirt that says “Sonny Supports Educators”. My response. . . he must have been talking about private school educators.

I will close by saying this loss of revenue will ultimately result in further deterioration of public education and a poorly educated public is good for no socioeconomic class of people because in the end we will all live amongst each other.

If you support public education, it will support you!

Steve

May 13th, 2010
11:13 pm

Sure glad he had his priorities straight. Too bad he didn’t get around to improving the following stats:

The state’s best and worst category rankings:

Premature death – 41st
Lack of health insurance – 41st
Infant mortality – 42nd
Immunization coverage – 43rd
Infectious disease – 46th
Air pollution – 47th
High school graduation – 47th (62.4 percent of ninth graders eventually graduate)

retired

May 14th, 2010
8:27 am

To all most retired who believes at best this tax break will only save a retired person a couple of thousand dollars per year. The current law does that for the average retired tax payerwho have $70,000 or in none work related income(not counting Social Security)now. The real beneficiaries of the new law are very wealthy people like boss hog Perdue. Sonny got this law passed just in time not to have to pay state taxes on the fat retirement check he will get from the state , not to mention all the other non work related income he has. For you tuff questions guys over at channel 46 why don’t you ask Perdue how much money this law will save him in state taxes?

Bob

May 14th, 2010
9:51 am

Thank you Sonny for rewarding hard work and giving people that have paid taxes their whole lives a break

Bob

May 14th, 2010
9:58 am

To Donna Lou: I don’t think the loss of revenue will ultimately result in further deterioration of public education and a poorly educated public is good for no socioeconomic class of people because in the end we will all live amongst each other like you said. Forsyth County school pay spends WAY less per pupil that most districts (lets just use Atlanta public and Dekalb County for example which spends much more per pupil)- However, Forsyth County students perform much better than these students on standardized tests. Education starts at home- bottom line, not how much money is spent on education.

WhatThePressForgot

May 14th, 2010
10:06 am

The bill passed is HB1055 and it had a ton of new fees added. Many of which will break the bank at the State in my opinion. For example, the press has not reported that almost all of current tag fees are sent to the “State General Fund” and Revenue has request funds in order to manufacture new tags and decals. But the General fund is nearly depleted and most counties are finding the State cannot pay for new tags and decals to meet the demand. However, HB1005 raises the fee for almost every tag except the standard tag. Wildlife tags (all 3 types), Hobby Antique tags, Wild Flower tags (2 types), Spay and Neuter tags (3 types), and several other tags not requiring and extra fee each year above the standard $20 fee will now cost $35 extra (an increase 275%). Specialty tags normally costing an extra $25 a year now will cost $35 extra. How will this cost the state money? Most all the tag types purchased without an extra fee before were bought under the law that only required a one time fee of $25, no annual extra fee. I predict at least half of those tags will not be renewed meaning the state will have to create about 2 million standard tags to replace these type tags at no additional cost to the taxpayer. The State cannot afford the manufacture of the number of plates required now, so thanks to this thoughtless rider to the Bill, the State will lose millions of dollars after the law goes into effect in July. I advise anyone to read HB1055 to see other fees that they may be paying.

Gregory

May 14th, 2010
3:44 pm

Where will the State get the money to pay the cost of 93 million a year when revenue is still falling. This is ELECTION YEAR POLITICS. Very bad public policy. Wake Up “R’s” is this fiscal stewardship?

Nocumentum

May 14th, 2010
6:50 pm

Let’s get this straight. The vast majority of retired seniors in this state (and everywhere else for that matter) “earn” much less than $35K ($70K for a married couple) and these earning were already not subject to income tax. So, what skinny-legged Sonny and the neo-con crooks in the General Assembly did was make life more expensive for most seniors by imposing another $100M in fees for state services and imposing a disgraceful “sick tax”, so that they could afford to give a $150M in additional tax relief for a tiny minority of well-to-do retirees, without any regard to their ability to pay taxes and contribute to the costs of government. Looks like a tax increase for most retirees, don’t you think?

Small Town Girl

May 14th, 2010
7:25 pm

WOW!! After reading all of these comments, I personally don’t know where to start. So many of them I read, I gave two thumbs up to. The others, I just cussed under my breath. Yes, elderly people do need some type of recognition; but this is not the way to do it. I get so sick and tired of the rich retired smart a**es making their commments about “keep working, you will get to retirement one day”. You know what, we WILL have to keep working because the younger generation will never ever be able to afford to retire with the way the current government keeps on giving away money and responsibilities. Another thing is alot of us were not “the chosen ones in life” to be born into wealthy families that will allow us to inherit money, land or the family business or to be able to go to college to earn a degree that would allow us to have a wealthy money making job one day. Just because we aren’t rich doesn’t make us a bunch of dumb a** hillbilly rednecks. We are the damn smart ones that keep your rich butts RICH!!!! As for school tax relief??? Oh, don’t even get me started. Just keep this in mind……someone paid it for you to go to school when you were a child, so what makes you think you are any better? Remember the movie Pay It Forward?! Now for retired couples moving to Georgia now. News flash ***we don’t want you here***!!! Because when you come to Georgia because it is just sooooooooo great, the first item on your agenda will be, “give me a school tax exemption on local property taxes”. The next item will be to start trying to change Georgia to be just like the State you came from. Last but not least, GOOD F’ING RIDDANCE SONNY PERDUE!!! I hope you take all of your “Gold Dome 40 Day Wonder’s” with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

poorrichard

May 15th, 2010
10:29 am

Bob-Wow, you can honestly compare Forsyth County with Atlanta City and Dekalb? One of the top ten wealthiest counties in the nation and not even half the size of these other two discticts? Try comparing it to its districts in its own class and see where the SAT scores that barely exceeded the national average in 2008 come up. BTW, the CRCT that they brag about is a state of Georgia test, not national.

bill

May 15th, 2010
10:30 am

Actually I am a retiree that spends money that generates sales taxes. I buy food, clothing, gasoline, automobiles, computers, etc. I also spend money on prescriptions, medical care, hearing aids, false teeth, children, grandchildren, and friends. I still have to pay federal taxes (and am glad I am able to do so) insurance premiums, property taxes, lawn care, garbage (which increased thanks to the Gwinnett BOC)….net effect I am doing my part to stimulate the economy….

Tom

May 15th, 2010
10:31 am

All the complaining about retirement entitlements…. It would be much easier if we got rid of all the defined benefit plans, and made people save into portable contribution plans… but that would mean people would have to be responsible for their behavior… never mind…

poorrichard

May 15th, 2010
12:01 pm

While Forsyth County quibbles over whether its students should play on natural or artificial turf (at taxpayer expense), Atlanta city struggles to provide a nutritious meal for students in their care during the school day.

michele

May 15th, 2010
1:24 pm

How can we give such a tax cut to our seniors when our children are being asked to sacrifice their education? What has Sonny sacrificed? What have our legislators sacrificed? Isn’t a $35K retirement exclusion/deduction enough? Not to mention none of their Social Security income is taxed. And, in Cobb County, those over 62 don’t pay school tax with their property tax. It might draw retirees here knowing that their tax situation would be good, but is now the right time? Shouldn’t we improve our schools & get them better? That would draw entire families here! That would stimulate the GA economy as well. By the way, FL sales tax is not that much higher than ours. Our state sales tax is 4% & FL is 6% & not all of their counties add additional tax to that. I don’t know how their food is taxed as we don’t pay the 4% sales tax on ours, but it’s not like their sales tax is so much higher than ours & that’s why they don’t have a state income tax. I’m not against tax breaks for retirees, & the current retirement exclusion helps those that don’t have much, but now is not the right time to be eliminating tax for the middle & wealthy classes. Our children need the money to improve their schools. We’re firing a bunch of teachers but giving those who have over $100K a tax break. What kind of logic is that? Plus, they’re raising taxes on hospitals to pay for this. Who is that going to hurt? The hospitals will just pass the expense to the poor & uninsured! That would probably be our teachers who have just lost their jobs & insurance! My parents don’t pay any state income tax because of the current exclusions. They take this money & put it in savings to pay for their trips to Europe & the Caribbean. How is that stimulating the GA economy? It’s not even stimulating the US economy!

Adrian

May 15th, 2010
2:22 pm

Salzer:
This Republican-bashing diatribe has been on the Urinal-Constipation’s web page (if you can classify it as such) for four days now. You’ve made you sly points: The Republicans are muckrackers or worse. Do us a favor and pick another topic to bash them on as you can’t be fair in this. You may be too young to remember that the Demoncrats ran this state for eons before the R’s took control. It will take eons to straighten out the mess the idiotic redneck Demoncrats have made. Gimme a break, son.

Larry

May 15th, 2010
4:41 pm

Why hyas this story been run every day? To make Sonny look like the AJC’s opinion of those bad old Repubs . People under the bills income level are all ready getting the break. Give it up will ya?

gsss303

May 15th, 2010
9:05 pm

sonny
in 8 years what have you done?

veritas75

May 15th, 2010
10:28 pm

Tax break for retired people who make $100,000. Makes no sense. $150 million dollar bill for the children of the state of Georgia, that’s what it should say. You politicians will never learn. Elderly people will take any tax break you hand out, who wouldn’t. If you make the money, you should pay taxes on it regardless of how old you are.

D Grant

May 15th, 2010
10:52 pm

If this is the case then why have I been paying the State of Georgia income taxes on my retirement income from the State of California which is under the required limit of single and $35,000?

A Realist

May 16th, 2010
8:29 am

Atlanta mom

May 12th, 2010
4:59 pm
Why should retirees not pay taxes? They don’t use the public roads? They don’t call the police or fire departments? They already had $35,000 plus Social security (per person) exempted from taxes. That wasn’t enough? Talk about a rich man’s tax benefit.

And wWhat do they add to the economy? It’s not like they go out and spend a lot of money and add sales tax revenues to the state budget.

What a travesty.

Atlanta Mom…..I as a senior probably pay more in sales taxes than you do as a, I assume, younger, working person…..however, you know what assuming does?

Waldo313

May 16th, 2010
8:49 am

I’m retired and live on a pension. This bill will help me as my wife does not have a pension. My pension exceeded the $35,000 limit. The present bill favors two retirement families. This sets things right. Thank you very much. United States Navy retired.

hryder

May 16th, 2010
2:19 pm

When preparing to retire, me-56,she-54, daughter in Georgia, son in Mississippi, we thought we would just move away from the Houston, Texas area but remain in Texas due to no state income tax for anyone. Changed when we learned that Mississippi had no state tax on retirement income and we could visit half of our family within a few minutes drive. Checked Georgia but no such law existed at the time. We would probably have located in Georgia if this new law had been in place in 1999. Our daughter-in-law’s folks did the same from another state that had state income tax for retirees, also. We, the retired parents(4 people), contributed over $1,500,000.00 in the last decade to our state’s economy because of to state income tax on retirement income. The state of Georgia would have benefitted form half of theses expenditures if the law had existed when we retired. Retirees rarely commit crimes and do not produce additional children in need of educational services. This new ,in our view, is nothing but good for Georgia and overall can only have positive results for the economic well-being of the state.

DLink

May 17th, 2010
4:50 am

More tax CUTS during a time of war… you know, that thing we’re still doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Americans still dying today..

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/

No such thing as retiring for the majority of the population today, Grand Ma and Grand Pa working at the local WalMart to pay the rent. I’m sick of 80 year olds at the register, why can’t they just retire? That’s a question! Why are people 70 and older still working?? Why is nobody retiring and making way for the kids? And why have college tuition and health insurance costs skyrocketed? Yet churches are tax exempt? Basic education is closing shop in GA and it shows.

DLink

May 17th, 2010
5:07 am

Sgt. Lakeshia M. Bailey 23 Company G, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, attached to 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Columbus, Georgia One of two soldiers that died of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover accident north of Kut, Iraq, on March 8, 2010

Remember those who have DIED for you.

1st Lt. Robert W. Collins 24 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Tyrone, Georgia One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Mosul, Iraq, on April 7, 2010

Norman

May 17th, 2010
7:10 am

Details please.
Who exactly? Everyone retired?
When? Can I stop my 2010 Georgia withholding?

Norman

May 17th, 2010
7:15 am

The article was not completely accurate. Married couples do not always get $70,000. Each spouse gets $35,000 or actual non-SS retirement income earned. Wife’s SS is deducted from taxes and she gets $0 instead of me getting her $35,000 added to mine.

scott

May 17th, 2010
9:48 am

This bill is Just another tax break for the Rich haven’t we seen enough of this BS over the pass 8 years when Bush did the same d@m thing ?.
I can’t wait until this idiot of a governor is out of office for good .

Williebekind

May 17th, 2010
12:40 pm

Look at the “tax the hell of them” liberals comment on this blog. Wow, this proves that progressive liberals want to spend your money for you and they do not care how old you are.

People like Scott 9:48am are so tunnel visioned you can not reason with them. Eliminating taxes is great! The less money the government has the less entitlements and the less burdens they can impose on those who are working. Reading these liberal comments qualifies the statement that education does not make you smarter. All a liberal can say is “another tax break for the rick”. You know that gets really boring after the trillion times you have said it.

Remember, the less teachers we have the less socialist indoctrination our children will receive. I all for it.

Williebekind

May 17th, 2010
12:41 pm

before you liberals go haywire that is rich not rick

Dave Thackery

May 17th, 2010
1:37 pm

Regarding headline “…tax cuts for middle-income and wealthy seniors.”
Why did the headline editor mention income levels, especially since the tax cut applies to all seniors? Is it because low-income seniors don’t pay taxes, or because the writer doesn’t think “wealthy” seniors deserve a tax cut?

TnGelding

May 17th, 2010
2:09 pm

Incredible! As minimum wage workers and small business people work from dawn to dusk to pay our SS and Medicare benefits. Revolt young folks! Taxing hospitals as he attacks Obama’s insurance give-away as too costly? What a guy!

TnGelding

May 17th, 2010
2:11 pm

Norman

May 17th, 2010
7:10 am

You don’t even have to be retired; just over 62.

Jack

May 17th, 2010
4:00 pm

I didn’t know I was rich until read the article.

Seniors - not a cause for celebration

May 18th, 2010
7:56 am

De Tocqueville’s words come true.

Once the American people learn they can give themselves pay raises, the experiment is over.

As Social Security for the first time, and in 2010 dispensed more $ than it brought in.

The younger generations are doomed to higher taxes unless senior generations see a future in this country beyound their own.

God Speed

KGray

May 18th, 2010
11:52 am

I will be glad to see his fat as* as governor gone. He’s only helping the rest of his friends. Just like he helped himself to the Florida land deal that he got for himself. Who has ever heard of a lameduck Governor being so involved before they leave office. Sonny, glad you will be leaving and it want be soon enough. I wish you could take some of your good ole boys with you to the road that never returns to the state capitol. Not all retirees are receiving $35,000-100,000 in retirement income. You should have given tax breaks to the ones that need the breaks mostly and that not the upper middle class or wealthy. What about giving something to the ones that cooked and cleaned your home or to the one that mowed your lawns, before Juan and Carlos came on the scene.

Lisa

May 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

Must be nice to be able not to pay taxes on up to 100k per yr. Some of have worked hard and are not retirees but still have to pay out the you know what in taxes. It would have been nice had rich man Purdue gave everyone a break that makes less than 50k in income, so we wouldn’t have to pay taxes then maybe we could afford our bills and not be behind and lose our homes. If you get right down to it, its a rich man, upper middle class land. I made 40k gross last year but of course we don’t get to bring it home so basically I can pay bills as long as I don’t need food or gas to get to work. Florida has no state income tax for any of their residences.

Barb Lucas

May 18th, 2010
3:36 pm

Amazing to read the various comments and diatribes. I am not voicing any opinion other than to sadly lament that somewhere along the way, somehow along the way our English teachers (whether in the State of Georgia or any other locale, for that matter) failed miserably in their teachings.

Seniors - not a cause for celebration

May 18th, 2010
6:23 pm

May 18th, 2010
7:56 am
De Tocqueville’s words come true.

Once the American people learn they can give themselves pay raises, the experiment will be over.

Two points to make:

Social Security, for the first time, in 2010 dispensed more $ than it brought in.

The younger generations are doomed to higher taxes unless senior generations see a future in this country beyond their own. Happy selfishness has taken the place of ensuring a better future.

God Speed

Also, thanks to Barb – tis tough to blog before coffee.

This blogger is a Georgia Taxpayer for many, many years to come.
And trust me – if still in Georgia when a senior what I would have paid in taxes will go to charity.

madtaxpayer

May 18th, 2010
6:51 pm

How can you give anyone a tax break when we are not bringing in enough to cover our expenses?

Sonnyville

May 19th, 2010
7:16 am

Hey Sonny before ya go why don’t you just help yourself to a tax cut, while the rest of us suffer. Now you can keep all the money you’ve set up to make after your term ends. Great job Sonny. Thinking of yourself appears to be the GOP way.

[...] Perdue found a way to cut property taxes and income taxes for people making more than $100,000 with no [...]

Randy

May 19th, 2010
2:01 pm

And what about the military retirees living in Georgia? We get taxed on our retirement income too, but in several other states they don’t tax military retirement income. Georgia benefits tremendously from the several military bases here, so I would imagine there would be a push to eliminate taxing retirees, as they might elect to move to Georgia as they retire. I’ve written to Sonny a number of times and have not received a response.

Meka

May 19th, 2010
3:25 pm

As Purdue Cut Taxes . . . SCHOOLS ARE CLOSING!

POOR EXCUSE OF A PEOPLE

Jason

May 19th, 2010
3:53 pm

The Urinal/Constipation is four-square on board with the Liberal Democrats and have been for years. Yeah, I know: they no longer “endorse” candidates for public office but will continue to run articles critical (or veiled criticism as in this article by one of their dupes) of Republicans for WEEKS allowing all of their liberal weenies and bed-wetters to froth at the mouth over Sonny’s (and the State Legislature’s) votes on anything that might help Georgians that might (GOD FORBID!!!) think “Right.”
What a waste of newsprint paper and ink.

MrMorality

May 19th, 2010
4:23 pm

Perdue-nothing finally does something, and it is reverse Robin Hood – steal from the poor and give to the rich. Adding a tax hike when people are most vulnerable (in the hospital), and a huge tax break for well off retirees. This is a crime and a sin. No moral compass.

Cadwell

May 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

Hey Perdue dumb hinny – NO ONE in FLA has income tax, not just retirees. Georgia is short on money, laying off teachers, and you cut taxes!! What an idiot.

Minister Zel

May 20th, 2010
12:34 am

At this stage of my life – like many my age – I don’t have bills, get discounts everywhere and frankly have more disposable income than at anytime in my life. FRANKLY, THIS IS A GIVE AWAY THAT I DON’T NEED.

This is particularly unwise at a time when the state budget is in crisis. I guess it is too much to wish for Perdue to gain wisdom at this late in life.

GA Native

May 20th, 2010
9:18 am

Nice. Good job Sonny. Way to give yourself a tax break on your way out the door. Seriously, can someone tell me what Sonny has accomplished during his term in office?

denise

May 25th, 2010
7:24 am

Look at your state’s spending line items and you will find education is one of the highest expenditures. What is the one thing folks over 65 will never burden the state with??? In addition I think that wealthy retirees place less burden in many other service areas….no medicaid, little commission of crime, little intervention by social workers, etc etc etc. This, stupid, is why wealthy retirees, if payment for service matters, should be cut a major break.

denise

May 25th, 2010
7:46 am

For those who worry about cuts in education spending, particularly as it relates to class size here’s a question. Why is an AP senior in public school unable to learn in a class size greater than 25 but when he enters a top tier college for which his parents proudly fork out tuition of $30K or more he can learn in a freshman survey class of 50 or more ( in many case considerably more). What happens between Spring of Johnny’s year and late August of that same year that creates such a phenomenon?

dr. rubin

July 8th, 2010
2:02 am

look forbes is the first major publication to talk about the georgia law-no taxes for seniors in 2016- people who have lived i washington , texas, nowhere alska , nowhere Wyoming, and nowhere Soth Dakota now have an alternative to nevada, texas, and florida. all states thath avemajor problems- this could pan out very well for Georgia and bring big population growth for the year is 2016 and peole need 5 years to plan – once the story is national in aarp an dothe rpublications, Georgia will become a big winner- only hitch other states may try to do it- dr. rubin

Tina@Emory

August 15th, 2010
11:33 am

What a sad choice,, we now have ,in November, do we vote for a fool or a BIGGER fool ?!