Roy Barnes Agrees With Us

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.

6 comments

  1. LongTimeListener says:

    As much as it pains me to agree with Gov. Barnes, he is exactly right. The Speaker deserves our thanks… he sat down with the Governor today, apologized for some earlier heated remarks, and urged him to sign the supplemental budget. If there are some small shortfalls, the Governor can use executive authority to move a little money around to fix those. If the Governor does the right thing, funding for schools, Peachcare, and disaster relief will flow, and the citizens of Georgia will get the tax cut promised to us by our Republican legislative leaders. Do the right thing, Governor…sign a fiscally responsible budget that cuts taxes.

  2. Misunderestimitated says:

    Word is we’ll know by 5pm today whether there will be a special. Hopefully Sonny will man up and “un-veto’ the 07.

    The Republicans are always for tax cuts. The House and Senate passed the 07 with only a handful of no votes only weeks ago.

    The Gov decided to take a hands off approach, well up until 2 days before they got out. The House and Senate both showed leadership in the vacuum left by Sonny. If Sonny wants to stay in a true leadership role, he needs to accept the 07. Then from now on he needs to engage with the House and Senate.

  3. LongTimeListener says:

    And let’s hope the Governor doesn’t sign the Supplemental and then line item veto the tax cut, claiming that revenues have dried up. Either way, in the next 5 hours we will learn a lot about the man we just re-elected.

  4. Icarus says:

    We’ll know in the next 1/2 hour, according to AJCs Political Insider.

    The Governor has called a presser for high noon.

  5. Misunderestimitated says:

    The House and Senate have been responsible. It is time for the Governor to do the same… I guess we’ll know by 12:30.

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