Three years ago, Governor Sonny Perdue used a newly created tax on hospital beds to close a hole in the state’s budget. The argument was that most of the tax would be reimbursed from the federal governmnet via Medicare/Medicaid, and – say it with me now – it would be a temporary tax.
The 2013 session is growing close and the hospital bed tax is up for renewal. Renewing this “temporary” tax is already one of the hot button issues being discussed behind the scenes. American’s for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist has just sent a letter to state legislators saying a vote to extend this tax is a violation of the ATR’s no tax increase pledge.
Norquist chides lawmakers for looking to the federal government for more aid, stating “While hospitals in the state will be forced to cough up $216 Million because of the tax increase, the heavily indebted federal government will be on the hook for at least $200 Million more. Fiscal conservatives should not be looking to Washington for more federal aid, especially when the national debt climbed above $16 Trillion for the first time last week.”
There it is. Grover is against it. Your move, General Assembly.