SC Raises Tobacco Tax

….Georgia’s 37-cent tax farther down in rankings – now 4th lowest tobacco tax in the nation and the lowest of any of our surrounding states. Even a state that prides itself on low taxes shouldn’t be proud of this ranking.

Georgia House Passes Hospital Tax and Fee Increases

Hospitals initially opposed the tax, but decided to support it after Governor Perdue threatened to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates by more than 10% and eliminate the sales tax exemption for non-profit hospitals instead. The nearly $170 million raised by the tax will likely help fill the gaping hole in the state’s Medicaid budget.

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