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Hospitals still don't like Perdue proposal

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Hospitals continue to push for an increased tax on tobacco rather than a proposed hospital bed tax. 

At a news conference at Phoebe Putney Friday, doctors talked about a recent poll in which the majority of Georgians said they support the tax.

They also pointed to the health problems that tobacco causes.

"We have a major budget crisis. We all understand that and it is going to dramatically impact the care that is provided in this state if the current proposals go forth," said Phoebe Putney Hospital COO Joe Austin. "If we can tax the very thing that is creating healthcare conditions in this state that is the path to go down."

The governor has proposed 1.6% tax on hospitals to make up for revenue shortfalls. Hospitals want the tobacco excise tax raised by one dollar instead.

They say that would generate more than $300 million in new revenue for Georgia.


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