Morning Reads for Monday, February 11, 2019

It’s Week 5 of the Legislative Session, but I swear we’ve been here longer. Just me? Ok.

Things you might have missed while you were living real life:

24
Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
8 Comment threads
16 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
10 Comment authors
Will DurantBenevolusbethebalancechefdavidRaleigh Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest
Notify of
Grindelwald
Grindelwald

In the world’s least surprising news, our old buddy Erick Erickson is endorsing Trump. Apparently he had a massive change of heart after being “Never Trump” for all of 2 weeks back in 2016.

xdog
xdog

Yeah, Erickson has been as sincere about his anti-Trump concerns as the NatRev crowd. They might admit in private that Trump is a dim and vulgar liar, and they don’t like his tariffs because FREE TRADE, but they’re down with everything else he’s done or tried to do.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

He gets credit from me sticking with it since before the nomination unapologetically. It seems a strange time to flip, but Trump is ever more popular within the GOP, but that’s in part because the GOP is shrinking. Beyond evangelicals, there are a few old-timey Republicans still kicking: “In the long run, a third or so of the country cannot effectively govern the other two-thirds with an unpopular agenda and a Twitter account.” “The most troubling — and from our point of view the most disappointing — development of the Trump era is not the president’s own election and subsequent… Read more »

chilidawg1971
chilidawg1971

Supposedly some VA politician is going to try and impeach the Lt. Governor if he doesn’t resign. Pure theater. The Lt. Governor hasn’t committed a crime while in office. Will never happen. But smile for the cameras anyway.

chamblee54
chamblee54

Here is the chamblee54 weekly reader for last week. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/this-is-not-satire/

Raleigh
Raleigh

Georgia might tax Netflix and downloads Link to the article from AJC https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/watch-what-next-georgia-might-tax-netflix-and-downloads/4v12VCHoefdEWQJTmggvJI/ Here are the arguments Rep. Jay Powell, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, said, “A book purchased at a store is subject to sales taxes, but a downloaded e-book is tax-free.” This is an old excuse which you will hear “we need to level the playing field” for brick and mortar stores. BUT a physical paper book requires infrastructure. Roads to truck the inventory into the state and to the store shelves. The stores themselves need infrastructure from roads to police and fire protection and… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

And it is socialism if a Constitutional amendment were enacted directing the new and increased taxes be directed to rural broadband.

Raleigh
Raleigh

But it is not socialism to amend the constitution to make the law of the land to only use taxes passed for an intended purpose be only used for that purpose. Today all those special fees and taxes go into the general fund and never get allocated to the intended purpose. I call that a back-door tax increase.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Good to know that taxes that redistribute wealth to provide public services aren’t socialism.

bethebalance
bethebalance

No one likes taxes, but the best way to make sure the revenue is spent on rural Broadband, for instance, is to make the actual appropriation. In and out of the general fund. Just pass the expenditure at the same time as the tax. There could also be other oversight measures taken, but in this case, the proof may be best in the spending. The other point I would take issue with is that digital commerce requires no infrastructure. Except even Amazon and Google and Netflix, etc. all have brick and mortars buildings for humans, as well as many data… Read more »

Raleigh
Raleigh

We’ll just have to put this one in the column to agree to disagree. The used tire fee, the 911 phone tax, Joshua’s Law and many others go into the General fund yet no money has ever been allocated by the legislature for the purpose voters past these laws to do. So the general fund is not the place for these funds to go. Yes other measures could be taken. I support a change to the constitution to insure collected taxes and fees are used for the purpose where voters approved or those taxes and fees will be automatically repealed.… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Your aversion to trusting that fees would be spent on their stated dedicated purpose is understandable. I personally think it could be done with a law, and not a Constitutional amendment, though, if it could be made a matter of “non-discretionary” spending.
But, yes, it’s def a consumer tax. Even if they nominally say it’s on the business, it will be passed through.
I tend to think this kind of tax is inevitable, even if no one wants it. It’s just a function of the kind of products and services we buy.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A statement that appropriations haven’t matched tax revenue, in some instances and years very much so, is true.

“yet no money has ever been allocated by the legislature for the purpose voters past these laws to do” is patently false.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The only way to insure there’s an appropriation in following years is to sunset the tax with the appropriation. That’s too unreliable.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Sounds to me like they don’t have a clue about what they are taxing other than what lobbyists are feeding them. What if the audiobook or e-book is in the public domain? If the author and/or their estate have no more rights to it why should the state be able to tax it? What if I download electronic media from a free public library source? Anyone ever heard of VPN? The ways of circumventing this are many.

This is a potential clustering quagmire.

bethebalance
bethebalance

From my limited knowledge, I think it’s intended to be easier than all that. The tax would be upon digital subscription products.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Three senarios with respect to shutdown of the government Friday. One, there is no Congressional deal (despite GOP negotiator Georgia Congressman Tom Graves and House Budget Committee Chairman Democrat John Yarmouth saying yesterday on This Week there was a deal to be had if negotiations were left to negotiators). Two, Trump rejects the deal. Trump takes the deal and claims he got more of what he wanted while the Dems got less when that isn’t true—does anyone expect different of a serial liar? My understanding Is that Dems, in return for a little more wall money, are requiring that ICE… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid

I see your Mary Margaret Oliver bill and raise you a Jeff Mullis bill that protects them. SB 77.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Anybody take a look at SB 81? Increasing legislators base pay from $16,200 to $56,183 (2017 ACS). Pretty good addition to the cookie jar. Then if you add in SB 14 by the same group of Senators, they would be living high on the hog if that one passes as well. It is better to try and sneak these in on off election years because voters memory is short term.

Benevolus
Benevolus

First of all, I don’t have a problem with them getting a raise. Maybe it would keep some of them from trying to grift their way through their “service”. Here’s the wording: For each biennial session, each member of the General Assembly shall 13 receive an annual salary in an amount equal to the median annual household income for 14 citizens of the State of Georgia as calculated by the American Community Survey of 15 the United States Census for the year immediately preceding the beginning of each 16 biennial session as determined by the state auditor which take effect… Read more »

chilidawg1971
chilidawg1971

Totally unexpected. 45 at 52! Washington’s heads must be cracking.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

YouGov over the same time period has him at 41% with 53% disapproval.

Lest you think I’m just being selective with my poll of choice, 538’s running tally of his polling averages have Trump at 40.4% approval and 55% disapproval.

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

chilidawg1971
chilidawg1971

Wasn’t 538 run by that Silver guy who still had Hillary winning at 10 pm on election night?

Will Durant
Will Durant

So what? Rasmussen had a “R+1 net final generic ballot score” on the 2018 midterms.