Just say no to a special session.
There is no need for a special session of the General Assembly to deal with the vetoed midyear budget, says former Gov. Roy Barnes.
“You don’t have to have a special session at all,” Barnes said in a telephone interview, weighing in on the issue that has fractured the state’s first Republican administration since Reconstruction.
Gov. Sonny Perdue wants a special session to pass a midyear budget after vetoing the compromise bill approved by House and Senate. That bill gave Georgia homeowners a $142 million tax rebate instead of the $142 million tax break Perdue wanted for upper-income retirees. The House led by Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) voted to override Perdue’s veto in a bipartisan thumping as the regular session ended.