Atlanta - House Speaker David Ralston is the deciding vote on a Constitutional Amendment that would prevent the state from raising income taxes.
If the measure also receives a two-thirds vote in the Senate, it would allow voters to make the final decision when they go to the polls in November.
“I believe it’s a very good opportunity to give our state citizen a say in what our tax policy should be going forward,” said Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City), who presented the bill in the House.
But in an unusual move, fellow Republican Rep. Chuck Sims spoke against it.
“It’s a great political policy, it’s just not a good fiscal policy,” he said.
Sims complains that in the event of a crisis, the state would have to go back before the voters to ask for an increase. He says otherwise, it would be forced to raise sales or property taxes.
House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams (D-Atlanta) raised similar objections.
“The concern that we have about SR 415 is that it pretends to see the future,” she said.
The vote would have been short by one had Ralston not voted in favor.
Because the measure was amended in committee, it must now go back before the Senate to approve those changes.