Republicans in the Georgia Legislature sure are voting like conservatives this year.
In reality, on the state’s most pressing issues they are making it hard to tell the difference between them and the liberals.
First, there are the education bills, such as extending school vouchers to foster kids and military families, that won’t even get a vote in the Senate. Too many Republicans were afraid in an election year to vote for a modest but important way to spread educational freedom to more Georgians. What, were Democrats going to attack them for helping foster kids?
Then there’s the watering down of an already meager slate of tax cuts focused on creating jobs for the unemployed. A capital gains tax cut in the package won’t kick in until the state has $1 billion in its reserves. But the point of such a policy is to spur growth, not follow it. Even liberals can vote for a good-times tax cut.
Granted, this year’s budget is a bear. Revenues still sag, and squeals rise