During floor debate today on the Senate budget plan, GOP leaders introduced an amendment to increase the state sales tax. Basically, they wanted Senators to go on record with their support or opposition for the tax hike.
After all the talk from Democratic leadership in the General Assembly about raising taxes to “fund education”, it was put up or shut up time.
They shut up.
The amendment was rejected by a unanimous vote.
The Senate budget plan, however, was approved and now goes to the House. The House is unlikely to approve, which means a Conference Committee consisting of House and Senate budget writers will work to iron out the differences between the two plans. The Committee’s budget will then need to be approved by both houses of the legislature, then sent to Gov. Perdue’s desk.