The Senate and House both passed the budget unanimously.
The Governor, who barely played a role, vetoed it.
Now, I’m hearing from friends in the Senate that they will probably not vote to override the Governor and there is a question about whether the Democrats in the House would do so.
It looks like we’re headed to a special session unless someone does something soon.
At the end of the day, this may actually come down to a repudiation of the Speaker and not the Governor. The Speaker and Lt. Governor have gotten along famously, but not the sort of fame they’d like. Needless to say, the Lt. Governor is not in a hurry to stand behind the Speaker in a fight with the Governor.
The Democrats are loving this. And it seems that some Republicans in the House are none too thrilled about overriding the Governor’s veto.
If I had to bet right now, I’d say the House overrides the Governor’s veto and the Senate folds, which means we have a special session. If Glenn Richardson can’t get his House to override the Governor, it will be he, not Sonny, who is repudiated.
Oh, and here is the tragic irony. If it makes it through the House as amended, H.B. 374 will raise taxes on Georgians and guests to the state who rent cars. The budget cuts taxes for Georgians. Sonny has vetoed the tax cuts, but he’ll probably sign off on the tax increases.