State Rep. from Athen wants to raise taxes for education.
IT IS TIME TO RAISE REVENUE AND PRIORITIZE HIGHER EDUCATION!!
We have cut all we can. We have furloughed teachers, we have reduced travel, and we have honestly eliminated all the possible “inefficiencies” at the University of Georgia. We simply cannot cut any more.
It is time to raise revenue and save higher education in Georgia
I serve on the Higher Education subcommittee of Appropriations. If no additional revenue is generated, the University System of Georgia (the Board of Regents) will be cut by an additional $300+ million for fiscal year 2011. Just to keep this in perspective, we are being asked to cut an amount of money from the Board of Regents’ appropriation that would be equal to eliminating ALL state funding for UGA!
Rather than raise taxes or tuition, just defund UGA and the Regents’ problem is solved! I think this is a fabulous idea.
McKillip goes on to propose the following which I could not support:
People are looking to their legislators for a solution to this crisis.
HERE IS MINE: I have drafted a bill that will (1) put the tax back on food; (2) Add a $1 tax per pack of cigarettes; (3) Add an extra 1% income tax to those making over $400,000; and (4) Eliminate all special interest tax exemptions. These measures will generate over 1.5 billion dollars in additional revenue, and eliminate the need for further cuts to the University of Georgia.