Fasten your seatbelt. 2008 will be another interesting legislative session -- Richardson says ending property taxes is his top priority next year.
Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson says eliminating property taxes will be his top legislative priority next year.
"I believe we can put Georgia on the map," Richardson said. "It will be the biggest decision Georgia ever made, and the nation will follow. There is a rising call all over the country from people tired of property taxes."
To make up lost revenue, the Hiram Republican would increase the reach of the sales tax to include groceries and services - now exempt.
Any such measure, he noted, would have to be placed on the state ballot.
Democrats say his proposal would hurt the middle class and the poor.
[C]ar taxes [is] a property levy that would be wiped out under his proposal, Richardson said.
Under his plan, money would flow in from thousands of illegal immigrants who now pay no taxes on groceries and services.
Bert Brantley, Gov. Sonny Perdue's press secretary, said Perdue has no position on Richardson's idea but welcomes a discussion about it and other tax reform proposals.