income tax cut

Q&A: State House budget czar calls Great Recession lesson for 2020 pain

BY: - July 8, 2020

Last August, the Georgia lawmaker with prime oversight over state spending kicked back in the office behind his Auburn home and recalled his trial by fire when he took on the job during the worst of the Great Recession. Just before the Georgia Recorder visited Rep. Terry England last summer, Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration sent […]

Ga. House gives speedy OK for income tax cut despite cautions

BY: - March 10, 2020

Legislation that would dramatically alter the state’s personal income tax rate narrowly cleared the House after quickly gaining momentum this week. At the heart of the proposal is a plan to shift the state away from its current graduated six-bracket system that increases the tax rate as a person’s income grows and replace it with […]

Ga. House budget trims teacher pay hike, Speaker wants income tax cut

BY: - March 10, 2020

Lawmakers are undoing some of the governor’s plan to trim spending in next year’s state budget – especially where he tried to make room for the rest of a promised $5,000 teacher pay raise – and now competing tax and spending priorities grab the spotlight at the Gold Dome. House lawmakers said Monday they favor […]

Georgia House, Senate headed for joint budget negotiations

BY: - March 4, 2020

The Georgia Senate Wednesday approved a $27.4 billion amended budget with eight months already gone in the fiscal year and now changes must be reconciled in meetings with their House counterparts. Both chambers of the state Legislature propose to reverse some of the cuts in the budget Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled in January as state […]

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Bookman: Georgia in play as health care worries meet tax cut squeeze

BY: - February 27, 2020

The Democratic National Committee has added Georgia to its list of states targeted for millions of dollars in spending in the 2020 campaign, and the Georgia General Assembly continues to flirt with a second consecutive big-dollar tax cut that favors corporations and the rich. These are not unrelated developments. For example, one of the biggest […]

Senate finance chairman says he doesn’t ‘see the math’ for tax cut

BY: - January 24, 2020

A key lawmaker has cast further doubt on the prospects of another Georgia income tax cut in a year when serious cuts to mental health, criminal justice and other state services are being considered. “I don’t see the math there right now without some changes to the budget to do it,” state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, […]

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Georgia Recorder reports for Gold Dome duty

BY: - January 13, 2020

When Georgia’s 236 state lawmakers closed out the last legislative session on April 2, they tossed copies of bills in the air and sang Sine Die, Latin for adjourning with no appointed day of resumption. Now, that day of resumption is here. Georgia Recorder’s news operation was built for this moment. Since our Aug. 6 […]

Statewide poll finds tepid support for added income tax cut

BY: - January 10, 2020

A new poll found lukewarm enthusiasm among Georgia voters for a plan to cut the state’s income tax rate when lawmakers are being asked to slash about $200 million from this year’s budget. The survey shows that about 42% of voters support the costly tax break when told the change would only save a family […]