State tax revenue jumps nearly 11 percent in December

A last, good word from the nearly former governor:

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that net revenue collections for the month of December 2010 (FY11) totaled $1,555,058,000 compared to $1,402,181,000 for December 2009 (FY10), an increase of $152,877,000 or 10.9 percent.

The percentage increase for FY11 compared to FY10 is 8.1 percent.

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- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Last Man Standing

January 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

So that’s where all the taxes on my home went!

Red

January 7th, 2011
1:37 pm

Yeah! Now let’s go waste, er – “invest” the taxpayers’ money!

Rickster

January 7th, 2011
1:55 pm

So THAT’S how Sonny could afford the Oaky Woods purchase!

professional skeptic

January 7th, 2011
1:56 pm

Bart Graham has been a good revenue commissioner. He stepped up collection efforts and streamlined operations (getting deadbeats to pay what they owe is better than raising taxes on everyone). In that light, it seems a shame that Nathan Deal has let him go.

the original and still the best John Galt

January 7th, 2011
2:06 pm

I knew either Black Bart or one of his toadies would post a defense of his reign of terror on here before long.

Black Bart has had nothing to do with improving the collection figures. He is still almost completely ignorant about collecting taxes after seven and a half years on the job. What he’s mostly good at is getting his name in the papers.

Black Bart has all along been aiming at destroying the Department of Revenue through the Republican dogma of privatizing everything whether it makes sense to do so or not. He also has had as one of his primary goals getting rid of as many State employees as possible, because, in common with many fundamentalist Republicans, he truly believes that State employees are worthless and a lower form of humanity.

Black Bart’s attempts to smear the Governor elect backfired on him. Arrogant jerks always eventually hang themselves.

Chuck Allison

January 7th, 2011
2:08 pm

The timing is not good for revenue increases. I sure hope this does nothing to delay or reduce the planned spending cuts. Increases in revenues only show a need to decrease taxes. Taxes are way too high now.

Nospin

January 7th, 2011
2:10 pm

Run right out and spend it on something quick before the stupid citizens realize what you are doing with their money!

Reality

January 7th, 2011
2:11 pm

Please please help to restore at least some of the funding to education. What is happening to Georgia schools and our children is disgraceful!

Reality

January 7th, 2011
2:14 pm

@Chuck -

Taxes paid by Georgia citizens are far lower than the national average. It may be your “opinion” but it is not reality.

Any money needs to be spent restoring the cuts made to education. Our schools are all but imploding due to lack of funding. How many children can squeeze into one room with one adult to teach them?

yuzeyurbrain

January 7th, 2011
2:19 pm

This is a piece of news the Republicans don’t want broadcast just yet. Essentially, they are exaggerating the state’s fiscal outlook in order to gin up support for a radical redistribution of wealth to the wealthy. Those redistribution proposals have already been drafted in de facto secrecy by their so-called Tax Reform Commission. Their success is premised on secrecy, lack of public interest group representation on the Commission, and scaring the public into thinking things are so dire that this is the only way we can grow jobs in Georgia. Lowering corporate taxes and income taxes on the wealthy will be offset by new taxes on services and goods, such as groceries. Good jobs go to states that have a well educated population, like North Carolina; increased sales taxes on the middle class will in fact reduce jobs by lessening Georgians’ purchase power. In fact the motive for the great raid that is about to occur is greed, not jobs.

khc

January 7th, 2011
2:20 pm

let’s hope revenues keep rolling….don’t care who gets credit……and many of state employees that were hired because of their political connections often are next to worthless, but the vast majority try to do the best they can despite often being political footballs. historically state jobs were below market in the metro area, but fairly decent in rural georgia. but most of the powerful legislators were rural and thought all state jobs pretty good…..shame most of these legislators barely smarter than their constituencies.

rick08

January 7th, 2011
2:21 pm

I’m sure Mr. Deal will figure out a way to spend it on something he campaigned for. He will use it to pay back someone who helped him get elected. I am not confident in anyone in our government these days. Watch how fast he tries to figure out how to spend it on charter schools. I said it first.

the original and still the best John Galt

January 7th, 2011
2:42 pm

khc, you are quite right that most of the political appointees, and/or the State employees who got their jobs through patronage, are worthless. However, I’m thinking that Black Bart and his ilk now consider every State employee a patronage appointment, because the Merit System is completely gone, replaced by the spoils system, so all State jobs are political, even the entry level and part time ones.

Most of the increase in total collections has to do with Motor Fuel tax and Alcohol tax. I guess people are drinking more to offset their depression over paying $3.00 a gallon for gasoline.

David

January 7th, 2011
2:59 pm

The wife and I live in Gwinnett and don’t have any children, to hell with restoring funds to the schools, we pay over 3k property taxes and 2/3 rds of it goes to the schools. BS, let the lottery compensate it, that is what it was designed to do!

MikeS

January 7th, 2011
3:01 pm

Just keep the spending down and we will be okay.

itsme

January 7th, 2011
3:32 pm

The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness proposes lowering the personal income tax from 6 percent to 4, and placing a 4 percent tax on groceries. Shift the tax burden from those who can afford it to those who cannot. As if low-income people in Georgia weren’t suffering enough…

Tony

January 7th, 2011
3:37 pm

The increases in revenue this year will still be twisted into some sort of fiscal disaster by the new governor and the legislature. That is how Georgia has done it upon the election of every governor since I moved to this state. Politicians must have some sort of crisis in order to “prove” their effectiveness.

To David – You are ill informed regarding school funding. The lottery does not provide any funds to K-12 schools. It was not designed to do so and never has. Also, even citizens without children depend on others who are educated by our public schools. I’m sure that you expect police and fire protection. I’m also certain that you will want medical staff if you become ill. There are thousands of goods and services that you purchase that are provided by very capable young adults who received their eduation from public schools. This would not be the case if your attitude about paying for schools was fully adopted by all citizens. How sad that you do not recognize the benefits of having a strong public education system for the children of our state.

Holly

January 7th, 2011
3:38 pm

So why are they talking about reducing education funding even more??

Elizabeth

January 7th, 2011
3:43 pm

Because republicans send their kids to private schools. And since the uneducated massesin this state have given them a sweeping majority, why would they want them educated. Duh!

John

January 7th, 2011
3:46 pm

Worless political appointees don’t get any worse than Kevin Clark and his buddy Gena Evans. Neither are remotley qualified for their high paying jobs.

backwards is the new forwards

January 7th, 2011
4:27 pm

Tax revenue is up. They’re talking about raising other taxes: http://www.ajc.com/sports/uga/uga-viii-has-lymphoma-798115.html And at the same time they want to defund all of the public services.

IRONY is that everyone who claims the government is horrible at running public services is IN THE GOVERNMENT!

Friend of Georgia!

January 7th, 2011
5:04 pm

Tax revenues up, great! Now let us freeze all State Government expenditures at 2008 levels. Have all new state employees get 401k’s not pensioms, and have all state employees under the age of 50 get the cash in their retirement fund or an annuity. If we spend less for government and take in more revenue we will be in good shape.

professional skeptic

January 7th, 2011
5:09 pm

the original and still the best John Galt
January 7th, 2011
2:06 pm

John Galt: I am no one’s toady. Period. Do you or do you not believe that improving collections is better than raising taxes? Customer service has improved at the GA DOR over the last few years (as a tax professional, I know). Modernizing systems has enabled cost reductions. Electronic filing for businesses was implemented and improved. Agents were added to better combat tax fraud, such as prisoners filing for bogus tax refunds. I heard the man speak at several tax conferences, and I never once was disappointed about what he had to say about the GA DORs improvements in operations, etc.

You sound like you have a personal grudge, which I don’t care about one way or another. The one thing I will agree with you on, though, is that he was fired for political reasons.

professional skeptic

January 7th, 2011
5:11 pm

yuzeyurbrain
January 7th, 2011
2:19 pm

Nail on the head.

Hollis

January 7th, 2011
6:25 pm

Give ALL state employees and retirees a 5% raise!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniel

January 7th, 2011
8:36 pm

I say put the extra revenues away for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. We are facing a $1 billion dollar shortfall, which means drastic cuts across the board. I’m sure State employees would love a raise (and that includes me!), but we really need to protect ourselves for fiscal ‘12 cause it’s going to be UGLY.

the original and still the best John Galt

January 7th, 2011
10:02 pm

Mr. or Ms. Skeptic, no offense, but I believe you have listened to Black Bart’s rhetoric, without observing the facts. Customer service at the Department of Revenue is non-existent, because there are barely enough people still working there to answer the phone.

Likewise collections are not what they should be, because there are no professional collectors left, and there are no field agentsd to catch non-filers. That means that those so inclined can steal millions of dollars in Sales Tax revenue meant for the County and State coffers without ever being caught. These funds are used for the BMW’s and the foie gras and the caviar and the inground pools instead of being available to pay State Troopers and fund education. Thank Black bart for that.

Luckily I never have had to depend on an arrogant ignoramus for my living. I just despise them.

khc

January 8th, 2011
7:09 am

shouldn’t there be a way to cross reference business licenses with report of sales tax and property tax, ie if a food mart has business license one would expect sales tax and surely they pay property tax for land they occupy. of course you would then need some auditors to review work….no telling how many tax cheats there are at corporate level because it seems that is the mantra these days….

the original and still the best John Galt

January 8th, 2011
8:31 am

khc, there should be a way, but so far any way to cross reference these things has not been established. Business licenses are a county thing, and of course corporations and llc’s register with the Secretary of State.

You are right that outright tax cheating is fashionable in some circles. I well understand avoiding income taxes if at all possible, but Sales Tax and Withholding Tax are known as “trust” taxes because the sellers and employers are merely obligated to collect what is never their own money. Of course, as we have discussed here, many can’t resist the temptation to convert trust funds to their own uses.