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Friday, April 2, 2010 - 12:08pm

Governor Angry At Senate

Governor Perdue is angry with changes anti-tax Republicans made to his hospital provider fee bill in the senate yesterday.

The bill passed with only two votes to spare and Republicans added a tax cut provision pushed by anti-tax groups.

It would eliminate an insurance tax once Georgia’s depleted reserves are filled up again.

Governor Perdue was not happy the Senate made changes says his spokesman Bert Brantley.

“It’s frustrating that we could have solved a major piece of the budget. There was agreement between the house, senate and the governor’s office. And unfortunately that agreement didn’t hold the day, so we have to go back to the drawing board. “

The bill must now go back to the state house where Governor Perdue has the support of Speaker David Ralston.

He says he’ll reject it and send it back to the Senate.

Ralston can do so by ruling that the amendment to the bill is not germane.

The bill is essential for balancing Georgia's budget. Lawmakers only have seven more days to do so.

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