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THE MUSINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Fasten your seatbelt. 2008 will be another interesting legislative session -- Richardson says ending property taxes is his top priority next year.

From The Savannah Morning News:

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.

1 Comments:

Anonymous tribalecho said...

So I guess that would mean that many of the affluent retirees I know who make auto sales from their portfolios quarterly would have to pay tax on that service?

And your landscaper and plumber now have to set up new processes to pay sales tax. I have not really thought this through but it seems to me we'd have to create millions of new red-tape traps.

A better relief for property owners would be to restrain the way a resident is effected by price bubbles. Know what I mean?

Playing the illegal card here is disgusting just because. But also because I've worked with dozens of illegals over the years and they were all getting pay checks with taxes withheld, which they will never see again. Yes a construction worker may be payed in cash. I now work with a guy who did that sort of work when he first got here. But he also left a job after not being paid for a few weeks and there was nothing he could do about it.

Cheap talking points are losing their luster (think, hope) Mr. Richardson.

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