Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald has a worthwhile piece on the changing language of state Rep. Doug McKillip, the former House Democratic caucus chair who abruptly became a Republican late last year. A taste:
Here is McKillip as a Democrat writing about the state budget in a column last March: “We have cut all we can. We have furloughed teachers, we have reduced travel, and we have honestly eliminated all the possible ‘inefficiencies’ at the University of Georgia. We simply cannot cut any more. It is time to raise revenue and save higher education in Georgia.”
And this is McKillip speaking to local Rotary clubs and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday: “Everybody doesn’t want to get cut, but everybody is going to get cut some.”
McKillip introduced a bill last year that would have raised taxes on cigarettes, raised income taxes on people making more than $400,000 per year and eliminated sales tax loopholes. He said Wednesday, though, that he would have to think about a tobacco tax and wants to see what a tax reform council set to issue recommendations next week has to say about it.
In apparent anticipation of a tough challenge in 2012, House Republican leaders — including Speaker David Ralston — this week held a $250-a-head fundraiser for McKillip.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider