State legislative leaders on Thursday proposed lowering the income tax rate and leaving groceries untaxed. During a special committee meeting, lawmakers endorsed some recommendations from a tax reform council but rejected others.
State lawmakers recently tabled legislation that would have created a federally-mandated state health care exchange. That leaves Georgia with some unused cash.
Georgia received a $1 million grant from the federal government to create a state healthcare exchange.
Georgia physicians are not giving up their fight to convince legislators to increase the state's cigarette tax.
They say raising the cost of cigarettes by a dollar will mean fewer people will smoke, and smokers will smoke less.
A Senate committee today passed a measure that creates a commission to scrutinize bills relating to health insurance.
Members of the 16-member panel would represent hospitals, consumers, health insurance companies and small businesses.