Legislative leftovers: On elimination of a state income tax, and union dues

In an interview with Denis O’Hayer and WABE (90.1FM), Gov. Nathan Deal implies that the tax reform package passed by the Legislature could limit Republican ability to tackle a long-term topic – elimination of the state income tax:

”It is very difficult in a state like Georgia, where virtually half of all of our revenue comes from individual income tax, to make significant changes in that income tax rate. Many other states are not nearly as dependent on that income tax as we are. It is very costly. It is somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.6 billion that is represented by 1 percent of individual income tax.”

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By the time SB 469 died on Thursday, the portion of measure that banned demonstrations at private dwellings had been removed. Left in the bill was a requirement that union employees tell companies each year that they want their union dues deducted from their paychecks.

So this becomes a significant read. From radio station WTAQ in Wisconsin:

MADISON, WI- A U.S. District Court judge in Madison has struck down parts of Wisconsin’s divisive collective bargaining law.

On Friday, Judge William Conley ruled that dues can be automatically withdrawn and annual certification votes can not be required.

In a lawsuit filed last summer, plaintiffs argued that the law supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker violated the U.S. Constitution because it took away union rights to bargain, organize and associate and illegally discriminates among classes of public employees.

Conley in his order rejected the argument that the law, also known as Wisconsin Act 10, violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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12 comments Add your comment

jaypat

March 31st, 2012
12:51 am

Not exactly on topic, but Georgia Power customers will get a 6% cut in their electric bills because of the drop in the price of natural gas. Over the long haul, this means more money turning over in local communities than beffore. And that is very good.

Z

March 31st, 2012
2:13 am

Republicans make up the rules as they go along, they don’t need no stinking constitution to make their laws.

Buckhead Boy

March 31st, 2012
4:04 am

And just after the Neo-Republicans here had the Governor of Wisconsin speak at their dinner — the Governor of Wisconsin who is facing probable recall and indictment.

Bennie

March 31st, 2012
7:48 am

It’s pretty hard to find eternal union dues check off in the constitution. You might want to think for a nanosecond before you spout the progressive garbage.

howardn

March 31st, 2012
8:02 am

Once the gambling proposals be come fact all the revenue that the state needs will come from gambling. There will be enough money to fund HOPE, a deep water port at Savannah, upgrade all the sewers and give nice raises to the state employees. How much better can it get?
Land values will soar, churches will prosper, schools will be nationally aclaimed. It does not get any better than that.
That being said, I just lost 2 dollars on the MEGA millions lottery. I told a friend that I would give her half if I won which figured out to 10 million for the thirty five years She has known me. She said, “It was not enough.”
I wouuld think that demonstrating in front of a person’s house would be a violation of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, “Freedom of Privacy” our most sacrosanct amendment. Which leads me to, a keen observer of the constitution, Mitt Romney, the next great president of the U.S.

Geno

March 31st, 2012
8:18 am

We should also include on the November ballot the opportunity to vote for Nathan Deal for dictator. This is where he is headed. After all, he is the smart guy who has all that Washington experience on how to be c rooked. We in a world of mess with this man running our state. His eventual goal is to privatize everything and cut all revenues to local government. That should work well. And who in the world believes the charter school plan is a good one? Amazing how pathetic our state leaders have become.

Independent voter

March 31st, 2012
8:35 am

Let recall Nathan Deal he is awful.

republican

March 31st, 2012
8:46 am

WE RUN THIS STATE!

republican

March 31st, 2012
8:49 am

When the war in Fl.gets in full swing the world will see what you dems are all about.

double

March 31st, 2012
1:42 pm

Yeah! Running the state into more bankruptcy.

BP

March 31st, 2012
7:08 pm

Wisconsin’s Govenor ethically challenged? Fits right in with the rest of our home grown crooks. They probably took notes.

Rural Education

March 31st, 2012
11:25 pm

You do realize that progress is a good thing? The greatest of the all the Progressives has his face on Mount Rushmore and he was a Republican. Of course Teddy couldn’t even get the nomination in today’s Republican party.