5/3: Tax reform plan

Moderated by Rick Badie

Gov. Nathan Deal wants to make Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation to conduct business. Today, he writes that the tax reform plan he recently signed into law helps reach that goal. Meanwhile, the co-chairman of a statewide watchdog coalition applauds some measures but wants more than a cuts-only strategy.

What do you think?

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Bob

May 3rd, 2012
2:40 pm

Blue dog, maybe if the left opened more businesses instead of holding them down then they would be helped by the biz loving repubs.

CobbGOPer

May 3rd, 2012
11:29 am

This is just another plan that picks winners and losers via the tax code. Puff your chest when you have real tax reform, Mr. Deal, not just another piecemeal package of industry-specific tax cuts that the rest of us taxpayers don’t get to enjoy.

blue dog

May 3rd, 2012
9:32 am

The GOP on both the national and state level have one major goal…to give tax breaks to their supporters…business owners. Like Paul Ryan’s budget labeled a “trojan horse” for it’s corporate tax breaks at the expense of lower income citizens, so is the Republican controlled Ga government shifting the tax burden to it’s citizens. All in the name of “creating jobs”. This, inspite of the fact that lowering corporate tax rates does not “trickle down” to create jobs. Has the GOP not noticed the failure of this policy over the last 3 decades? Of course they have…but it doesn’t matter to them because they have to have a REASON to give those corporate tax breaks.
Now, I am going to “see into the future” for all of you. As the state’s economy grows…so will the tax cuts. There will never be enough money to effectively fund state government. They will simply “starve” it to death eating up every new bump in revenue.
The citizens of this state deserve an effective state and local government including good schools and infrastructure but these are not the priorities of the GOP….you citizens who voted them in charge…are not their priority.
If they really wanted jobs, they would be trying to make the state more attractive to outsiders.
Traffic gridlock from hell and schools @ or near the bottom don’t cut it, regardless of how many breaks they get…because the issue is “Quality of Life” for these newcomers and their families.
That fact shows that the GOP doesn’t really care about YOUR…quality of life.

Interested observer

May 3rd, 2012
8:13 am

Georgia can only go so far in attracting business if its school systems continue to rank at the bottom. Are we great for $11/hour jobs? You bet. But any industry requiring a lot of educated workers and comprising employees who want their children to get a good education is going to have to be able to either attract them from elsewhere or bring them with them.

SAWB

May 2nd, 2012
7:42 pm

Eliminate the state income tax and utilize the sales tax to collect revenue. This would seem like a more fair, efficient and transparent system than what is currently in place.