Hard times redefine what you’re willing to do to stay alive. Ask any college graduate in charge of the fry vat at Burger Doodle.
Republicans in the Legislature are experiencing a similar paradigm shift when it comes to prodding the state’s economy and scrounging for the tax dollars needed to keep state government, a $17 billion-a-year operation, from grinding to a halt.
Forbidden topics are being openly discussed. Tax hikes couched as fee increases, for instance.
Some ideas are darker than others. Early this week, an economic adviser brought in to lecture state lawmakers quite seriously recommended elimination of the minimum wage and a rethinking of child labor laws.
But we are not that hungry yet.
Other taboos, however, look more inviting. This week, state Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell) introduced HR 1177, a proposed constitutional amendment that would bring horse racing into Georgia. The bill number is no coincidence.
The legislation, which would require a two-thirds
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