Ralston: House budget won’t include hospital tax

It’s not altogether a surprise, but the House apparently isn’t biting on Sonny Perdue’s 1.6 percent tax – fee, whatever – on hospital beds, which the governor said is needed to balance out Medicaid increases.

This from Travis Fain of the Macon Telegraph:

Speaker Ralston said he’s asked House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin to “make cuts anticipating that that (tax) will not be in the budget.”

He said the cuts will likely be throughout the budget, not simply within the medical portion of the budget where the tax would send revenue, but he wasn’t specific. Their hands are tied in someways. When the state accepted federal stimulus funds, it agreed not to cut Medicaid funding.

He re-iterated a common refrain for Republicans looking to balance the budget without new taxes: “There’s a lot of concern, and I share that concern … that any kind of (new) tax in this environment is counter productive.”

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Good Government

January 25th, 2010
4:19 pm

Thank God for Speaker Ralston. Finally a Republican Leader we can believe in.

BPJ

January 25th, 2010
4:48 pm

Specify the cuts. Spell out the consequences of the cuts. Then we’ll see whether this approach is a good idea, or just libertarian ideology run amok.

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