March 28, 2012 12:00 AM

State trying new ways to weasel out of its responsibilities

Once upon a time there was a Georgia Speaker of the House with the name of Glenn Richardson. He gave speeches all over the state -- even in Macon -- where he blamed all the tax woes on local officials while touting the state’s efforts to lower tax bills. What the Speaker neglected to say at one such talk at Mercer University, as he looked at his watch impatiently, was the reason local officials, in many cases, had to raise property taxes or develop other income streams.

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