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New year brings tighter abortion restrictions, tax changes in Georgia

Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 9:02 PM
Last updated Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 12:12 AM
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ATLANTA — Tax breaks for manufacturers and higher unemployment taxes for employers take effect with the new year in Georgia, but it remains to be seen whether the state’s newest abortion restrictions will be enforced.

Among the most significant changes from lawmakers in 2012 was a law banning doctors from performing abortions five months or more after an egg is fertilized, except when doctors decide a fetus has a defect so severe that it is unlikely to live. The law also would permit abortions to protect the life or health of the mother.

However, a Fulton County judge has temporarily blocked the law from taking effect Jan. 1. Superior Court Judge Doris Downs is expected to rule sometime in 2013 on an American Civil Liberties Union challenge of the law based on the Georgia Constitution’s individual privacy protections.

Under current law, women can seek abortions for any reason in the first six months of a pregnancy. During the last three months, doctors can perform abortions only to protect the life or health of the mother.

Georgia voters approved a new amendment to the state constitution this fall allowing the state to authorize the creation of new charter schools over the objection of local school boards. Given that vote, a new law specifying how the approval process will work takes effect Jan. 1, re-establishing a seven-person Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

The commission was originally created in 2008, but the state Supreme Court ruled two years later that it was unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, a series of tax laws will also change.

Married couples filing their tax returns jointly will not have to pay state taxes on their first $7,400 of income, an increase from the current $5,400. Manufacturers will not have to pay the state sales tax on the energy they consume while producing their goods, though local governments can still keep their portion of the tax. Agricultural firms will enjoy a similar tax break on the energy and raw products used to create their goods in the coming year.

Employers will be forced to pay more in taxes to support an unemployment insurance system stressed by a chronically high jobless rate. A new law forces companies to pay the unemployment insurance tax on the first $9,500 of an employee’s taxable wages, an increase over the current level of $8,500.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/30/12 - 08:47 am
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taxes, taxes & Abortion

When are they going pass a law for the people instead on Major Campaign Donors and Fat cat Businesses, that both reward retiring polictians.

WHY not pass A REAL Government Ethics law with some prison time teeth in it?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/30/12 - 11:45 am
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Georgia's Fair Tax
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It only takes $7400 a year for a couple to live. Food, clothing, medical transportation and shelter. All other income is taxed as "disposable income". Disposable Income is the main point in fair taxing. We can rest assured that some elitist focus group decided what it takes to survive in Georgia. Lets apply this to the salaries of Georgia's bloated public servants.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/30/12 - 06:18 pm
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Charter School Lie surfaces

"Given that vote, a new law specifying how the approval process will work takes effect Jan. 1, re-establishing a seven-person Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

The commission was originally created in 2008, but the state Supreme Court ruled two years later that it was unconstitutional.

Remember all those BOE people telling us we did not need to vote on the Charter School, it was already in place and unneeded?

It seem they forgot about the court ruling saying just the opposite.

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