Past midnight, Georgia Senate OKs Mercedes-Benz tax break

April 3, 2015 8:12 PM

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In their haste to award Mercedes-Benz a $1.3 million tax break Thursday, lawmakers in Georgia thwarted any serious debate on the money, broke their own transparency rules and pushed past a constitutional time limit.

The final moments of Georgia's annual 40-day legislative session are usually chaotic. By law, any bill that does not pass by midnight fails for the year, prompting a late rush of voting. Minutes before midnight, amid the ordinary chaos, senior Republicans forced a vote on a rewritten tax bill that i...

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