From Jim Galloway’s story on last night’s Cagle-Reed combat in Cherokee:
In a Cherokee County debate before nearly 100 spectators, the pair agreed broadly on taxation issues, with Reed emphasizing his support for a 20 percent, across-the-board decrease in the state income tax by 2011.
“Is it possible to totally eliminate it? I don’t know, but I’ll favor it,” Reed said.
Cagle touted his support for excusing senior citizens from paying state income tax, arguing that they — and their pensions — were fleeing the state. “Retirees are not a drain on society. They are a true asset,” Cagle said.
Now I understand what Cagle’s trying to do, Seniors are an important voting bloc and it’s true we don’t want them fleeing our State. However, shouldn’t Republicans support lowering everyone’s taxes, not just various groups’ taxes and various times? This isn’t meant as an attack on Cagle, because plenty of Georgia Republicans propose targeted tax cuts, including our Governor, but I’d sure like to see Republicans do more of what Reed’s proposing.