Pretty ballsy of him to want to raise taxes and run for Governor as a Republican.
State Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) and Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) introduced a bill that would add a new $10 fee on car tags above the annual registration fee.
The money, estimated to be about $85 million per year, would go to the Georgia Trauma Trust Fund.
Supporters of a trauma care network say that’s the sum needed to adequately pay the cost of trauma care. If Georgia could reach the national average in trauma care services, it could save 600 lives per year, said Earl Rogers, senior vice president of Georgia Hospital Association. Doctors says deaths decrease if a patient is taken to a trauma center within a “golden hour” of an accident.
To be sure, he’ll call it a fee. But considering that everyone must have a tag to drive and most every adult drives, it is actually a tax. I don’t think it is that big a deal as we need to find funding for trauma care and this might just be the best way to do it (not sure of that, but I am sure it is better than the super speeder law at actually generating revenue).
Still, it’s ballsy of him to want to jack up taxes and run for Governor.
And it still comes down to Cagle v. Handel at this point. The more men who enter, the better it is for Handel I suspect.