Slow down the tax reform train, conservative activists say

With less than an hour to go before a massive tax reform measure comes to a first vote in the House, a bewildered group of conservative activists at the state Capitol urged lawmakers to slow down.

“Here we are, we’re voting in an hour and and we’re having this press conference. There’s something fundamentally wrong with that,” said Julianne Thompson of Georgia Tea Party Patriots.

Kay Godwin of Georgia Conservatives in Action said she and others have met with the governor, the House speaker and Senate leadership and expressed their support of tax reform – but only saw details of the bill’s conent in the last few hours. “We’re perfectly willing to stand with them to get this done,” Godwin said. “But there are bits and pieces that are not acceptable.

Among the most objectionable parts, said Bil Hudson of Madison Forum, is an income cap of $65,000 on income earned by senior citizens. In 2009, as part of a deal for the hospital bed tax, Gov. Sonny Perdue had offered an expansive senior citizen exemption as an offset.

“Now they want to cap that at $65,000. That means that bill in 2009, which they tried to say was a tax cut, is a big fat tax increase,” Hudson said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Queen Bee

March 20th, 2012
1:57 pm

This smells of Pelosi ramming thru Obamacare. Are Georgia Republicans no different?


March 20th, 2012
2:09 pm

Nine years of business getting whatever it wants and what has GA to show for it? One of the highest unemployment rates in the country and people leaving GA in droves.
Now they want to double down on handouts to business.
People will not move to GA for low-paying jobs, bad schools, rotting infrastructure, it’s cultural wasteland and starved government services. They will move to GA when GA enters the 21st Century and shows as much concern for it’s citizens as it shows for corporations.


March 20th, 2012
2:11 pm

We have proposed some federal tax reform options to deal with the burgeoning costs of elder care, as it is not the taxpayers collectively or society’s burden to do so, it is the family’s responsibility. Returning the money spent exorbitantly on facility care back into the economy will reinvigorate the corpse-like housing market, as families will be able to purchase a family-owned home with this as a down payment, instead of millions being lumped into a huge pool that costs everyone more money for less care.


March 20th, 2012
2:37 pm

The word in “renege”, and that is what the Republican legislature is attempting by adding back the pension tax.


March 20th, 2012
6:53 pm

The next bill in the hopper? Constitutional amendment changing the state name to New Mississippi.


March 20th, 2012
10:33 pm

Bwahhahaha – proof is in the pudding, the “tea party” has lost it’s taste. This is what happens when the “Tea Party” no longer stands for fiscal responsibility and is more focused on social issues. Ms Thompson herself is a volunteer for the Republican candidate Rick Santorum…the man who cares more about what your doing in your bedroom than the economy and spends just like a drunken republican.
Nathan Deal didn’t campaign on cooperating with the people or fiscal responsibility, but tea party folks supported him and his social conservative ways. Republicans are a joke – they have the majority under the gold dome and haven’t focused on fixing any fiscal issues and are now shoving a tax reform bill down the peoples throats with no time for people to review it. The same legislator that claims the latest ethics report is wrong, because it tells the truth about the lack of ethics in Georgia.
Georgia will go blue again and the tea party will be known for it’s hypocrisy tea.
“activists” what a joke…more like, who likes me and who can I get my picture taken with, so I can be someone.

Edward Ruffin

March 21st, 2012
7:25 am

HB 386 is a tax increase and shifting taxes around. Sen. Belfor can call it a tax cut if he wants, but he is wrong as is the usual establishment Republicans. We have Socialist Party A-dems and Socialist Party B-repubs, we need a Constitution Party. Oh, that’s right, we have one and that is the way I’m going to be voting from now on.


March 21st, 2012
8:06 am

Tom Murphy once told me Republicans can’t govern because they don’t believe in government. It seems as if he may have been right ironically.