One of the more important closed-door meetings of the legislative session is set for 10 a.m. Friday on the fourth floor of the state Capitol.
The Georgia Center Right Coalition will host an invitation-only discussion of the proposals issued in December by the special panel examining tax reform. The one that would restore the state sales tax on groceries in return for lower corporate and personal income tax rates.
The draw: An “open conversation” between A.D. Frazier, chairman of the tax reform panel, and Grover Norquist, president of Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform.
Earlier this month, Norquist condemned the proposed tax code rewrite as a tax increase, and thus a violation of ATR’s no-tax pledge, signed by many state lawmakers and – according to Norquist – Gov. Nathan Deal.
“This is akin to shards of glass in a delicious crème brûlée. It is a bit of desirable tax reform ruined by an overall tax hike,” Norquist proclaimed.
It was a nice turn of phrase. And an absolute conversation-stopper.
Louie Hunter, a lobbyist and organizer of the session, said the purpose of the meeting was to see if Norquist can be presented with enough information to persuade him to rescind his edict – at least until the Legislature can put its mark on the work.
Otherwise, a very difficult discussion will be nearly impossible.
No press will be allowed to witness the event. But you can be sure reporters will have an ear to the door.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider