Tibbets: Legislature should focus on roads and taxes.

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.

8 comments

  1. bird says:

    He is wrong. A sales tax is MORE regressive than an income tax. A regressive tax means that the rich are taxed at a lower effective rate than the poor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regressive_tax.

    A family of four living on roughly $20-30K a year will spend almost all of its annual income to stay afloat (depending on the cost of living in their locale). On the other hand, a family of four with an annual income of above $200K will most likely use income for savings or investments, which will not be touched by a sales tax.

    Regressive taxes are undesirable. At the very least, tax the rich at the same rate as the poor, but don’t make the rich pay a lower rate than the poor.

  2. Bill Simon says:

    Quite honestly, based on hearing most of Todd’s views last year on what’s important for a candidate to be concerned with, I would have thought Tibbetts would have demanded that more attention be placed on his personal requirements that the Bible and God get pounded down the throat of every Georgian.

  3. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Bill-

    Todds main platform last year was Taxes and Roads. Actually the very same views on the very same issues that he is now writing about in several newspapers across north metro (as well as on here.)

    BTW, how was turnout at your sub-district?

  4. Brian from Ellijay says:

    I heard an avg of about 40/Precinct. Shep said he had 39 at his, Jade said about 40 including write ins. Scott and Cindyes only had around 30. Although, Cindye did tell me that several south Cobb ones filled up, I have yet to hear proof of that. And Sams only had about 25 or 30 though. But some of these include names being filled in by others in their precinct.

    Other than that Forsyth had a huge number. They had a rumble on the floor with both camps for chairman campaigning. And Gray telling them they could vote people out of their precincts if they wanted. Obviously since some precincts were a majority one camp, they wanted to vote the other tickets supporters off the island. It was fun. BTW, All very much Sue supporters

    Hall had about 50 or 60 all together. They had a good group. Also, All very much Sue supporters.

  5. Bill Simon says:

    “An average of “40” in Cobb would mean several of the caucuses were in the 55-60 people in order to balance-out our 25 and some of the smaller ones like mine.

    I’ll patiently wait until Friday when ASH gets his act together and submits the numbers to the state GOP.

  6. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Yeah, I didn’t hear about all of them. The “avg of 40” is what was told to me by some of Scotts ppl. I am curious to find out the numbers also. Doesn’t he only have 5 days? Which is Thursday?

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