While the House was getting all the attention yesterday, Casey Cagle was having a press conference on the budget crisis. Via the AJC:
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, in his first press conference of the session, announced the creation of task force comprised of state business leaders that would be charged with advising and making recommendations to the senate regarding, “short and long-term budget solutions.”
“We will face some of the most difficult budget decisions in over a decade in the coming session and the budget task force will be a valuable enhancement to the ongoing work of our budget experts and committee chairman,” Cagle said.
Does Cagle see the writing on the wall? That there will be no way to balance the budget while still paying off the vast number of special interest groups who will revolt if their hand-outs are cut any further. That the only “short or long-term solution” is a tax increase.
Problem is, tax increases during a recession and election year are political suicide. One solution is to try and pass the blame off to an outside group to give yourself political cover.
Looking at the make-up of this task force, it doesn’t seem like they’re gonna raise business taxes. either.