So, we know that a good many legislators on both sides of the aisle stop by here from time to time. With that in mind, I think we should have a moderated open thread. The subject is restricted to: What legislation do you think the legislature should pursue in the upcoming legislative session.
Here’s my list:
1) Complete overhaul of the Georgia tax system — make the state more attractive to businesses and less onerous to property owners and wage earners. Yep, I like a lower income tax (or none altogether) with a state sales tax in its place and no taxation on investments. But that’s just the libertarian in me.
2) Tighten requirements on the use of absentee ballots. It’s just too easy to vote by absentee ballot. I favor a photo id at the polls to prevent fraud there and I favor tighter controls of absentee ballots too.
3) Community Development Districts. We’ve covered that before.
4) A requirement that the State Ethics Commission make the database of online disclosures searchable by keyword, like it was with the Secretary of State.
5) A tax law prohibiting the collection of taxes from consumers for purchases made over the internet from organizations that have no physical presence inside the state of Georgia.
6) Scrap the local franchise for cable companies, setting up instead a central system for approvals so cable cos and telcos can cut regulator costs incurred by dealing on a locality by locality basis, which in turn impedes growth and technological advances.
I’ve had my say. Now you have yours.