Rep. Earl Ehrhart has accused me of playing class warfare. Why? Well, he and Glenn Richardson say that the GREAT plan would be revenue neutral in the first year. I say if a plan is revenue neutral that means that some people will be paying more and some people will be paying less. Apparently multiplication, division, addition and subtraction have class biases. Who knew?
Anyway, I propose a very simple test and Rep. Ehrhart can tell me whether it is class warfare or not. I will divide Georgians into two classes: The “Earl Ehrharts” and the “Earl Ehrharts Not”, similar to the haves and the have nots that you sometimes hear about.
This year, according to publicly available Cobb County Tax Records, the “Earl Ehrharts” owe $3,815.39 in property taxes. The Nots owe a lot more in additional taxes. Together these two classes pay the total property taxes for the state. If this system is replaced by the GREAT Plan, three things are possible:
1. Both the Earl Ehrharts and the not Earl Ehrharts (this is a hard name to type) will pay the exact same amount of taxes under the GREAT plan that they do now.
2. The Earl Ehrharts will pay more in GREAT taxes, the not Earl Ehrhart’s will pay less.
3. The Earl Ehrharts will pay less in GREAT taxes, everyone else will pay more than they currently do.
In the GREAT plan, the Earl Ehrharts would pay 4% for every good or service purchased to the state. In order for the not Earl Ehrharts to pay less as a class than they do now, the Earl Ehrhart class will need to purchase goods or services greater than $95,384.75. If Earl Ehrhart spends less than $95,384.75 on goods and services in a year, he will be paying less in taxes and in order for the GREAT plan to remain revenue neutral, which like all good Republican tax fantasies the GREAT plan promises to do, everyone who is not Earl Ehrhart will be paying more.
In the interest of fair disclosure, I pay $2,000.94 in property taxes this year. That means I’d have to purchase $50,023.50 of goods and services (and not on the used market) in order to pay the same amount in GREAT taxes as I do in property taxes. I am positive I don’t spend that much in a year on non-housing costs. Therefore, it appears that both Chris Huttman and Earl Ehrhart will be paying less in GREAT taxes than we currently do in property taxes. Since the plan will be revenue neutral, some other suckers out there are getting a tax increase to finance my tax cut. Thanks Earl! And sorry, suckers!