Perdue: Taxes could increases, services decrease because of health care

ATLANTA – Georgia residents might soon have to pay more in taxes and government services might have to be cut because of last night’s health care vote, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue warned today.

“This vote will force an additional billion dollars or more of Medicaid spending per year, requiring either a tax hike or offsetting cuts to public safety, education and other core services of state government,” Perdue, a Republican, said in a statement.

“While this colossal unfunded mandate cripples our budget, I am even more concerned about the debilitating impact it will have on Georgia’s small businesses,” the governor added. “The extension of the Medicare tax on all non-wage income means that small business owners will see their top rate increased by 20 percent and investment income taxes increasing 60 percent.”

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