State of the States

By: staff & wires
By: staff & wires

January 16, 2008
News 12 at 11 o'clock

Governors in both states have delivered their state of the state addresses.

In Georgia Governor Perdue proposed a 21 point 4 billion dollar budget plan. Perdue talked about bringing in money to help with the the drought-stricken state's water supply. Perdue also painted an optimistic portrait of Georgia, calling it a state "brimming with possibility."

Perdue said- ""Today Georgia is setting the pace, not just as the capital of the New South but an international leader."

Perdue also says he will also continue to push for his 142 million dollar tax cut for retirees.

He made no mention of the economic downturn that has caused the
state's revenues to sag. Perdue wants to funnel 53 million dollars into the state's struggling trauma care network, including cash-strapped Grady Memorial Hospital.

The tax plan Perdue unveiled would erase the state ad
valorem tax that residents pay on their property and automobiles.
County property taxes would continue in effect.

The 94 million dollar tax cut would begin in 2009 and must be
approved by voters at the ballot box as a constitutional amendment.
First it must receive a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the
state Legislature.

The property tax portion of the plan is expected to mean an
average savings of about $30 per household.

In South Carolina, Governor Mark Sanford covered a wide range of issues.

Sanford said the nation is heading into a recession and that means lawmakers need to limit state spending. He also wants to give parents more options in picking schools for their children.
He wants to cut income taxes, strengthen drunken driving laws and preserve more land.

The governor repeatedly has chastised his fellow Republicans in
the Legislature for spending too much money, and predicted an
economic slowdown that will require belt tightening.

Sanford also called for passage of a small business health care
bill in the first 30 days of the legislative session to help small
businesses give employees medical care.

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