Georgia voters will have say on proposed income tax cap

Georgia voters will get a vote on proposed cap on the state’s 6 percent income tax, after the state Senate gave the measure final approval Thursday.

Senate Resolution 415, which is a constitutional amendment, will go on the ballot in November, giving Republicans an enticement to draw more voters to the polls.

The Senate passed it 42-13, the required two-thirds support it needed. It does not need approval from Gov. Nathan Deal.

Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer sponsored the amendment. It was seen as a long shot given the state’s slow recovery from the recession, but many lawmakers saw it as an election-year boon.

Democrats warned that it could tie the state’s hands and limit options in case of a financial catastrophe. Even Shafer has said it was partly introduced to “begin a conversation” with little chance of passing.