Former Senatorial candidate Todd Tibbets has written an Op-Ed piece urging the State Legislature to focus on cutting taxes and easing traffic woes:
First, in this session our elected officials need to approve a referendum constitutional amendment that would let the people of Georgia determine how they want to be taxed. Georgia voters must, by Constitution, be the ones to decide if the state income tax should be eliminated and replaced with a higher sales tax.
The sales tax is by far more impartial and less regressive than the income tax because sales taxes are based on consumption. And, according to tax experts, to keep our state revenues neutral, the sales tax adjustment for our state would be between 3 to 5 percent.
More importantly, a “Georgia Fair tax” would give a tax cut to income tax payers and give a tax adjustment to those who illegally skirt paying income taxes, including illegal immigrants.
Next, our state legislators must focus on an issue that impacts every man, woman and child in Georgia. That issue is transportation and the incredibly congested highways and bumper-to-bumper traffic that plague our fastest-growing communities.
To help solve these traffic woes, Georgia must change the way money is allocated for transportation. Two years ago, our state leaders enacted the 80/20 rule, dividing 80 percent of our transportation budget among the state’s 13 Congressional districts. With this formula, the slowest-growing counties, where only a few thousand residents live, receive the same percentage of money as do the fastest-growing counties where millions of people live, work and drive.