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Tax overhaul up for House vote

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill that would cut Georgia's personal income tax rate but also slap a sales tax on some new goods and auto services is set to face a House vote.

The bill flew through a joint legislative committee Tuesday and is up for a floor vote Wednesday.

Republicans pushing the bill say it will make the state more competitive with neighboring states, like Florida and Tennessee, which have no state income tax. But House Democrats oppose the plan, saying it will actually hike taxes on the middle class.

The bill would slash the state's personal income tax rate from 6% to 4.5%. But it would also cap many itemized deductions, so the overall income tax burden would remain about steady. The plan would also tax automobile repairs.

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