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Georgia needs common sense tax reform

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This summer, Georgia’s Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians began its five-month mandate to examine our state’s tax code and recommend a path forward.

With their mission nearing completion and taxes becoming a key election-year issue, I believe the Council must focus its energies on long-term and sustainable solutions for a healthy fiscal future. Read More»

GOP just says no to fed's traffic $$$

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Whether you suffer through a two-hour commute to work, worry about MARTA’s future, or need a better option than driving to get from one end of the state to the other, we can all agree there is a transportation problem in Georgia.

So, why is our Republican leadership standing idly by as federal aid that could help solve our traffic problem goes to surrounding states?

States in the Southeast recently received nearly $2 billion in federal funds for high-speed rail projects. Florida received over $1 billion, and North Carolina received $545 million. Read More»

Republicans are playing shell game with property taxes

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In the second full week of the legislative session, a Republican state senator introduced a brand new property tax overhaul designed to save you money. Under this legislation, he says, appeals will move faster and assessments will be fairer.

Of course, all eyes turned to this “fair tax” legislation, which is exactly what the state Republicans want. They want a distracted homeowner so eager to shave pennies off his assessment that he doesn’t notice the nearly $500 million in property tax increases mandated by the same Republican legislature. Read More»

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