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