On Christmas Eve, Doug Gross of the Associated Press, wrote this article. The gist of it is in the title, “GOP may shun aggressive agenda.”
With the fumbling first steps of legislative control presumably behind them – Republicans will begin their fifth year running the Senate, third year in the House – the stage would appear set for them to push an aggressive agenda in 2007.
However, observers say a handful of factors, from a slowing economy to a wary eye toward Democratic successes across the country, could keep Legislative leaders from pressing their advantage too far. At least publicly, GOP leaders say they agree.
“I think it’ll be a real quiet session, but that’s so tough to predict,” said Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, who leads the House’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee. “There will probably not be an overly aggressive package this first year, but we will begin laying out our long-term vision and taking the initial steps that will get us to where we feel like we need to be.”
Today, however, being a new day, Shannon McCaffrey of the Associated Press runs this article about how taxes could be the “pivotal” issue in the next legislative session.
House Speaker Glenn Richardson said he wants to give the Georgia’s tax code a top-to-bottom review and is open to sweeping changes, including the end of the state’s income tax or a move to a flat tax.
Gov. Sonny Perdue will be looking to fulfill a $142 million campaign pledge to eliminate the state income tax on retirement income for senior citizens.
So which is it? Tax reform is definitely an aggressive agenda item. And I do have to say that the GOP really would be the stupid party if it was able to solidify hold on the state government and then do *nothing*. That was would be ridiculous.
Tax reform is the perfect way to highlight why the Republicans in charge is a good thing for the state, benefiting individuals and businesses — or not. The GOP can make or break itself on the issue and it is the perfect GOP issue.
So now, will there be an aggressive agenda or not?