Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Apparently not. Coverage of the special session:

[S]ome partisan wrangling broke out in the House as lawmakers were gaveled to order. Rep. DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, the Democratic leader, argued that Perdue could have waited until lawmakers met again as scheduled in January rather than spending an estimated $33,000 a day for the special meeting. House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, ordered Porter’s microphone turned off, and other Republicans argued the special session was necessary to assure retailers the state’s political leadership was in accord on waiving the taxes. The tax suspension bill, given an initial reading Tuesday afternoon by the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, will eliminate the 7.5 cents-a-gallon excise tax and 4 percent sales tax on gasoline through the end of the month. Local sales taxes will still apply.

3 comments

  1. Melb says:

    The tax suspension would have gone through without a extra legislative session. The republicans just see this as one giant press release at the taxpayer expense! And the excuse that gas stations needed to know the legislator was behind the governor is lame….is he the governor or isn’t he??? Almost all the gas stations had already complied. So tell the legislator thanks for saving us some money so that you could waste it on a giant press release.

  2. Silence says:

    Melb,

    First of all, it’s the legislatURE, not legislatOR. And get your facts right…the Governor called this session, so the grandstanding is being done by him, not the Senate or the House. I talked to numerous legislators who did not in any way want to be up in Atlanta, but didn’t have a choice because of the Governor’s executive order. The rest of your theory I agree with…let’s save the consumers money with one hand, and spend 40k a day on a special session with the other hand. Shhhh…maybe they won’t notice. Real logical.

  3. Melb says:

    Sorry, I was typing fast and must have got my words mixed and I am glad to hear that the legislatURE does not support that.

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