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On Friday, Judge William Conley ruled that dues can be automatically withdrawn and annual certification votes can not be required.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