Your morning jolt: Sonny Perdue says Georgia can’t afford supply-side economics

Gov. Sonny Perdue has often said that he’s the point at which Republican theory meets up with reality.

As my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin notes today, fewer than three days remain for the rubber-meets-road governor to sign a quartet of major bills.

The most controversial, from a philosophic point of view, is H.B 481, which creates new tax breaks for business and cuts capital gains taxes — 25 percent in 2010 and 50 percent in years beyond.

The tax cuts would cost $340 million a year in lost revenue, but Republican supporters — who include state Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock — argue that the tax breaks would act as an economic stimulus.

It says so in the measure’s title: Jobs, Opportunity, and Business Success Act of 2009.

But Denis O’Hayer at WABE (90.1 FM) caught the governor expressing serious economic skepticism during a press conference last week.

In essence, Perdue said the economic theories espoused by Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp — that lower taxes actually generate more government revenue — are a gamble that don’t have a place in Georgia.

Not in hard times.

Here’s what Perdue said, as aired on Friday:

“Georgia’s a balanced budget state. And it’s very difficult to do the stimulus-type bills in a state that’s starved for revenue and cash at the same time.

So that kind of destroys a supply-side theory within a state government.”

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    [...] cut taxes for business and capital gains, a key component of supply side economic theory. Today the AJC points out that Perdue doesn’t consider himself an adherent of supply side economics and doesn’t [...]

    Native Californian

    May 11th, 2009
    10:22 am

    Purdue is showing more common sense than I am used to giving him credit for.


    May 11th, 2009
    12:36 pm

    Amazing. He’s broken ranks with the most sacred principle of the Republican Party leadership: Tax Cuts Cure Cancer.

    Sure, the rank-and-file are kept distracted with nonsense about abortion and gays and such, but the REAL powerhouses of the GOP have only one principle: tax cuts for the rich. Supply-side Uber Alles.

    And Perdue dares to DISAGREE with the sacred mantra? Gutsy guy….


    May 12th, 2009
    3:03 pm

    Not gutsy at all. He’s always been a democrat – he only changed parties because he couldn’t get elected as a dem. Also, he’s at the end of his reign and can’t be re-elected.