Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tax cuts coming down to the wire

This should get interesting.

I think the list of conferees is interesting, though I don't really know enough about it to know why. From the insiders:
Negotiators for the House are House Ways and Means Chairman Larry O’Neal (R-Perry), and state Reps. James Mills (R-Gainesville) and Greg Morris (R-Vidalia). On the Senate side, the trio consists of Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams (R-Lyons), and state Sens. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and David Shafer (R-Duluth).

Rep. O'Neal is very interested in funding trauma care. He co-chaired the study committee on it.

Sen. Rogers was the only senator I know of (though there surely could have been more) who traveled the state last year to pitch the Speaker's tax reform plan. To be clear, though, he was in favor of having the conversation, not married to the plan itself.

Sen. Shafer I've met many times. He's been heavily involved in reforming Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, but I really don't know where he stands on tax reform.

The same really goes for the other three, though of course these guys aren't just going to be representing themselves, but the House and Senate at large. I know Sen. Williams was involved in negotiating last year's House-Senate budget deal, and that he kind of scares me.

Because he seems really tough. Not because he's some kind of knife-wielding maniac or anything.

1 comment:

VictoratGaImproper said...

Don't let Tommie scare ya, he is on the front row of the Vidalia Baptist Church every chance he gets but then again, Jim Galloway at AJC Political Insider once said:

"Galloway has witnessed all kinds of political contests, from commission to presidential. But the meanest, nastiest, most low-down he’s seen was a race for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention."

www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/williamsbio.php

Senator Tommie Williams
District 19

Republican

Majority Leader

Committee Membership
Administrative Affairs
Appropriations
Assignments - Chairman
Finance - Vice Chairman
Reapportionment and Redistricting
Regulated Industries and Utilities
Rules
State Institutions and Property - Ex-Officio

District Information
Appling, Jeff Davis, Liberty (Pt.), Long, Montgomery, Tattnall (Pt.), Toombs, Wayne, Wheeler
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Legislative Service

1998- elected to Georgia Senate

2005- elected as Senate Majority Leader
Biographical Information

Occupation: Businessman
Spouse: Stephanie Birthdate: December 4 Education: University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University

Religious Affiliation: First Baptist Church of Vidalia