“If that is your intention…”

I am no fan of Glenn Richardson, but I second Erick’s applause after reading these comments:

“I don’t think the public appreciates us coming up here and not meeting the needs they have,” Perdue said during a news conference in which he vetoed the $700 million budget document.

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After word got out that Perdue planned to veto the budget plan Thursday night, the speaker circulated to reporters a letter to the governor containing a veiled threat to try to override the veto.

“If that is your intention, I ask that you veto (the bill) now so that we may exercise rights afforded to us in the Georgia Constitution,” the letter said.

And to the leaders in the Senate…you fought for a damn tax break. You wanted to send some money back to the people of Georgia that work so hard only to have their earnings taken by force…and now you are going back on it? That’s classy. Thanks for nothing.

5 comments

  1. mitchmartin says:

    Two points:
    1 – if you will remember correctly, the Senate was not fighting for a tax cut — they wanted to pay down debt and save in the rainy day fund.
    2 – its going to cost $3 million to send every homeowner in Georgia a check that will likely be closer to 50 dollars than 100. What a waste.

  2. Bull Moose says:

    I’m not a fan of the Speaker either, but I appreciate his bold leadership in taking on the Governor.

    The “tax cut” is a sham in my opinion. It’s political posturing plain and simple. The money should have been put into the rainy day fund.

    It’s sad how some are masking the huge problems our state is facing on so many fronts.

  3. Jason Pye says:

    – The Senate’s position was to put it in the rainy day fund or to return it to the taxpayers.

    – This is true…initially it was going to be a tax credit but politics are involved. I can’t remember who said it to me…taxpayers won’t remember a credit, but they’ll remember a check in the mail.

    Either way it’s money back in the pockets of the taxpayers…or it should be.

  4. bowersville says:

    Two points:

    1-It’s a little late to start talking about intent, the Senate signed off on the tax cut.

    2-What a waste? Spending $3 mil to give a $142 mil tax cut, it’s not your money be it $50 or $100.

  5. jsm says:

    “The money should have been put into the rainy day fund.”

    Rep. Carl Rogers (Vice Chair – Appropriations) told a group last Saturday that he and others were trying to raise the current reserve fund from $700-something million to $1 billion. However, this is apparently money set aside to run the state government in the event of a disaster that halts income to the state. This was in response to my question to James Mills about why we couldn’t move the surplus forward to the ’08 budget. The representatives agreed that the current fund would run the government for 2-1/2 to 3 weeks.

    I wouldn’t think the reserve would be the same as the rainy day fund, based on the stated purpose for the reserve. So, I’m not sure if these are related or if bumping up the reserve is really necessary.

    Having said all that, I’d rather see extra money put away to provide income tax relief in the ’08 budget.

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