State of the States Roundup

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Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue is singing the same old tired song in this year's State of the State address. In this year's rendition he proposed eliminating the state portion of property taxes levied and removing the tax on retirement and investment income for seniors. Georgia already has a large exemption for retirement income on the books and the state portion of property taxes levied is so small that Georgians would likely see an average tax cut of $30. On a positive note, the Governor didn't endorse House Speaker Richardson's plan to eliminate the portion of property taxes levied to fund schools -- a step in a dangerous direction that Richardson says will eventually lead to the elimination of all property taxes.

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