A bill in the state House of Representatives, if passed, would exempt textbooks purchased by students from the state sales tax, which is 4 percent.
“We just thought it would be a good idea to exempt the sales tax on the price of books,” said the bill’s co-sponsor, state Rep. Ron Forster, R-Ringgold. “We exempt sales tax on food because it helps average Georgians as far as buying their groceries, and this would help the average student as far as buying their books.”
Students who attend public colleges and universities on the HOPE Scholarship already receive a $150 book allowance, but it is rarely enough to cover the entire cost of books.
Again, though, this goes back to the whole piecemeal approach that we’ve had. I really think this is a good idea, but I hope the legislature gets a move on overall reform.