Speaker Richardson is out blaming everyone but himself for the failure of the GOP to give the much touted tax cuts. The Speaker should be commended for his desire to end the ad valorem tax structure in the state, but he spent so much time diddling, retooling, and God knows what else with which lobbyists, the measure collapsed under its own weight.
The people of Georgia were promised meaningful tax reforms this session. Lowering the income tax would have been a meaningful reform as it would have been effective immediately, would have promoted business stability in a time of potential economic downturns, and would have increased available spending for Georgia citizens.
But Glenn Richardson wanted it his way. He wanted to end the property tax. But he didn’t. He wanted to end ad valorem taxes. Except he didn’t. He wanted to end the car tag. Yes, that’s it. That’s the ticket! After months and months of selling his plan and changing his plan and selling the new plan and changing the new plan and selling the new new plan and changing the new new plan and selling the new new new plan and changing the new new new plan, the Speaker was finally left with the bare outlines of his old vision that would be phased in over so long a period as to be economically useless in an economy going downhill.
Should we get rid of the tag tax? Sure. Should we have killed meaningful reform proposals that were not the Speaker’s because the little man didn’t get his way? No.
The Speaker, who probably should have spent less time doing whatever else he was doing, and more time getting the details of his plan right out of the gate instead of subjecting all of us to multiple revisions multiple times, failed to deliver.
At the end of the day, despite his throwing blame in every direction, but his own, it’d be nice if the guy would just admit that he himself screwed up and, in the process, screwed the whole state out of any sort of tax reform.
Likewise, I hope House Republicans keep this in the back of their mind and stew over it.