Will the taxpayers’ protectors keep their pledge?

As the Georgia General Assembly comes back into session today at the state capitol, there will be a lot of talk about tax increases to help ease budget cuts that legislators are forced to make after years of over-spending. Fortunately for us, there are many legislators that have signed a pledge to “vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

You can read their names below the fold.

Senate Members

  • Ronnie Chance (SD-16)
  • Jeff Chapman (SD-3)
  • John Douglas (SD-17)
  • Greg Goggans (SD-7)
  • Johnny Grant (SD-25)
  • Lee Hawkins (SD-49)
  • Bill Heath (SD-31)
  • Judson Hill (SD-32)
  • Ralph T. Hudgens (SD-47)
  • Bill Jackson (SD-24)
  • Jack Murphy (SD-27)
  • Chip Rogers (SD-21), caucus chair
  • Mitch Seabaugh (SD-28)
  • Preston W. Smith (SD-52)
  • Cecil Staton (SD-18)
  • Renee S. Unterman (SD-45)
  • John J. Wiles (SD-37)
  • Tommie Williams (SD-19)

House Members

  • Amos Amerson (HD-9)
  • Timothy Bearden (HD-68)
  • J. Mark Burkhalter (HD-50)
  • John Mark Butler (HD-18)
  • Charlice Byrd (HD-20)
  • Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (HD-159)
  • David Casas (HD-103)
  • Jill Chambers (HD-81)
  • Mike Coan (HD-101)
  • Brooks Coleman (HD-97)
  • Sharon Cooper (HD-41)
  • Clay Cox (HD-102)
  • Steve Davis (HD-109)
  • Katie Dempsey (HD-13)
  • Matt Dollar (HD-45)
  • Melvin Everson (HD-106)
  • Bobby Franklin (HD-43)
  • Mark Hamilton (HD-23)
  • Ben Harbin (HD-118)
  • Michael Harden (HD-28)
  • John Mark Hatfield (HD-177)
  • Bill Hembree (HD-67)
  • Calvin Hill (HD-21)
  • Billy Horne (HD-71)
  • Penny Houston (HD-170)
  • Sheila Jones (HD-44)
  • Sean Jerguson (HD-22)
  • Jerry Keen (HD-179)
  • Barry Loudermilk (HD-14)
  • John Lunsford (HD-110)
  • Eugene T. Maddox (HD-172)
  • Judith Manning (HD-32)
  • Jeff May (HD-111)
  • Fran Millar (HD-79)
  • James Mills (HD-25)
  • Billy Mitchell (HD-88)
  • Larry O’Neal (HD-146)
  • Allan Peake (HD-137)
  • Alan Powell (HD-29)
  • David Ralston (HD-7)
  • Bobby Reese (HD-98)
  • Tom Rice (HD-51)
  • Carl Rogers (HD-26)
  • Ed Rynders (HD-152)
  • Martin Scott (HD-2), caucus chair
  • Donna Sheldon (HD-105)
  • Barbara Sims (HD-119)
  • Bob Smith (HD-113)
  • Len Walker (HD-107)
  • Mark Williams (HD-178)
  • John P. Yates (HD-73)


  1. Jeremy Jones says:

    Pledge or not, entering the election year, I would be shocked at any broad tax increase.

    We will need to watch for some targeted tax increases, such as the tax on one eyed, left handed people with a limp.

  2. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Meaningless….it doesn’t include fees, or imposing GA Power’s CWIP rate….which is really nothing more than a tax benefiting a monopoly.

  3. My property taxes went up about $500 this year after Jill Chambers (and a lot of other people on this list) voted to make the state Homestead Tax Relief Grant optional in years that the economy doesn’t grow 3% (or some other nonsense).

    Why should I believe that she and the others won’t raise taxes again, although I’m sure they will find some other creative way to do it instead of just manning up and admitting what they are doing.

  4. ByteMe says:

    The shortfall is going to be too large — and drag for another year or two — to just use “user fees” to get over the hump. Signing that pledge was just political pandering made when it seemed like a safe bet that the shortfall could be closed with just cutting costs.

    Unfortunately, we have an amazing lack of leadership in this state, so I expect it’s going to come down to making stupid decisions behind closed doors on the last day and then having the legislators vote on it without being able to read it, understand it, or get feedback from the voters.

  5. CMOB says:

    I agree, fee increases will not be viewed as tax increases by these elected politicians. Just because you pay more doesn’t mean you are taxed more. “I didn’t raise your taxes, all those fees were outdated and are paid by the end user.” “I didn’t raise college tuition by 35% the board of Regents did.” “You had to pay the Financial Exigency Fee of $1,000 to the college, I didn’t raise it.” “I voted for the budget, it had the school budget in it.” All sounds like more money out of the pockets of working families to me.

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