Morning Reads for Thursday, March 22nd

March 22, 2012 6:30 am

by Jason · 14 comments

Here in Georgia…
- Unemployment has dropped in Georgia for the seventh straight month, standing now at 9.1%.
- The Tax Foundation offers a breakdown, with some brief commentary, of the tax reform package, which could be taken up in the
Senate as early as today.
- A school shooting plot was foiled after it was posted on Facebook.
- The GHSA has banned three-a-days for high school football teams.
- It looks like the latest version of the criminal justice reform bill is ready to go.
- Sunday sales will begin in Augusta on April 1st.
- Georgia Watch warns consumers (PDF) to get ready for another rate hike.
- Rep. Paul Broun has introduced the OPTION Act, what he calls “patient-centered health care reform.”
- The Senate has signed off on the FY 2013 budget. It now heads to conference committee.

National stories of interest…
- Mitt Romney’s campaign has given yet another reason for conservatives not to trust him.
- The GOP-backed JOBS Act has cleared the Senate.
- Slate’s offers this infographic showing how Romney is pulling away from the rest of the GOP contenders.
- Many employers are now requesting social network passwords from prospective employees.
- David Harsanyi says that Obama doesn’t care about the debt.
- Americans are wary of mixing religion and politics.
- Rick Santorum has a delegate problem.
- Did the US lose nearly 2 million jobs last year?
- Learn Liberty explains the dangers of too much debt.
- So, what are the unintended consequences of Frank-Dodd?
- John Stossel analyzes the “fairness” question.
- Energy Secretary Steven Chu gives himself an “A” on gas prices.
- Americans are still skeptical of ObamaCare.
- The proposed “Buffett Rule” isn’t likely to work.
- FreedomWorks likes Sen. Rand Paul’s proposed budget.
- Santorum bluntness may be his biggest obstacle.

A few that I like…
- Unless you were hiding under a rock yesterday, you know Tim Tebow was traded.
- The new iPad is hot, and not just in popularity.
- Netherworld will start showing cult-film classics next month.
- The NFL has suspended Sean Peyton, the New Orleans Saints head coach, for a year.
- The developer of “Draw Something,” a highly addictive game that my wife is obsessed with, was recently purchased for $200 million.
- BREAKING: Tattoos are popular with young people.
- Starbucks gives a lesson in economics.
- At least Microsoft knows that Internet Explorer sucks.
- Michael Bay has pissed off Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles fans.

debbie0040 March 22, 2012 at 6:45 am

debbie0040 March 22, 2012 at 6:02 am
Disappointed in the process of the tax bill but House leadership should bear the blame. Many House members did not like the process but voted for what they thought was a tax cut bill. More and More is coming out about it and people are finding out the bill is bad. This is why the vote was rushed. They knew the local governments and other groups would oppose it once it was properly analyzed.. I am checking the budget that was passed but it looks like there is over 44 million in the budget to begin to implement ObamaCare. (HB742 – line 81.10 page 63 and 87.15 page 70)That money could have been used to fund some of the good portions of the tax bill and not have to raise taxes. If ObamaCare is not overturned, then the Legislature could pass a suplemental budget and include money for it. They need to remove these line items and use the money to implement some of the portions of the tax bill they passed.. Question is what happens to that money if ObamaCare is over turned? Will it go to pet projects?

There are three pieces of legislation that have either passed or on their way to passage that are being challenged or will be challenged in court as either being un-Constitutional in regard to the U.S. Constitution (Internet Sales Tax, SB 469) or un-Constitutional in regard to the Georgia Constitution. (TIA) Don’t elected officials take an oath to uphold the Constitution?

Rambler1414 March 22, 2012 at 7:12 am

“or un-Constitutional in regard to the Georgia Constitution. (TIA) ”

So when is this going to be filed? After the Vote, or before?
If it really IS un-constitutional, why haven’t you already filed?

Or is this just about giving Metro Atlanta a big middle finger if the vote doesn’t go your way, by delaying the collection until the court case is settled?

debbie0040 March 22, 2012 at 7:30 am

If the pro transportation tax crowd want to spend 7 million dollars on an advertising campaign to try to pass the Metro Atlanta T-SPLOST that will in likelihood not survive a court challenge, who are we to tell them they can’t? Question is will they be able to raise another 7 million dollars to pass a T-SPLOST that is Constitutional in a few years? They had an option to get behind Rep. Setlzer’s bill and everyone work together to introduce a plan we could all agree on. They chose not to take that path.. Because of the way this whole thing has been handled, they made cooperation unlikely in the future.

Engineer March 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

The way you people complain about Metro Atlanta specifically on this T-SPLOST issue makes me wonder how you guys would be acting if T-SPLOST didn’t allow any money to be spent on public transit and instead mandated it only be spent on road improvements (resurfacing, widening, new roads, bridges, etc.).

debbie0040 March 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

Many of the projects in the Atlanta Region project list are economic development projects that will benefit developers and will do little to relieve traffic congestion. How does the Atlanta Belt line relieve traffic congestion? The only congestion it relieves is in the bank accounts of developers.

Engineer March 22, 2012 at 11:19 am

Did I mention congestion? Nope (search youtube for nope.avi for a more accurate depiction of this nope)

So in other words, you are against using road improvements for economic development, only for congestion?

Rambler1414 March 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Debbie,

What would Atlanta be like without public transit?
Do you agree that some of these people would be forced to find alternative means of transportation, therefore likely increasing congestion and travel times?

Rambler1414 March 22, 2012 at 9:21 am

“They had an option to get behind Rep. Setlzer’s bill and everyone work together to introduce a plan we could all agree on.”

Didn’t Rep. Setzler voted FOR HB 277 when it was first passed?

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/vote.aspx?VoteID=7349

Engineer March 22, 2012 at 9:30 am

Oh that gave me a good laugh.

debbie0040 March 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

Kyle Wingfield
T-SPLOST faces not just a referendum, but maybe a lawsuit

http://blogs.ajc.com/kyle-wingfield/2012/03/16/t-splost-faces-not-just-a-referendum-but-maybe-a-lawsuit/

Calypso March 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

“- Energy Secretary Steven Chu gives himself an “A” on gas prices.”

I can only assume that in Sec. Chu’s grading scale “A” stands for “Astronomical”

Engineer March 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

Maybe the “A” stands for “Abysmal”?

Max Power March 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

There’s simply no way that pushing a massive tax reform bill at the last minute will come back and bite us in the butt. Sigh….

saltycracker March 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

Stay tuned for a complete explanation of why the “WTF ?” eyebrows are wrong:

Financial woes dog DeKalb budget chairman

The DeKalb County Commissioner charged with overseeing a $559 million budget has managed to shield himself from nearly $1 million of personal debt after a series of bankruptcies, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/financial-woes-dog-dekalb-1393838.html

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