Governor Deal and Better Georgia Agree!

Both want the issue of CoPart’s $73 million that they may owe the State of Georgia to be taken away from the purview of the Georgia Department of Revenue. You may remember the CoPart tax issue as one that has dogged Governor Deal during the campaign. Though his interest is in a blind trust, Deal is the landlord of his former salvage yard that is now run by CoPart. The issue of the owed taxes was headed to the desk of Lynne Riley, a former floor leader of the Governor and a big supporter of his who is now the Revenue Commissioner. However, 11Alive has learned, after pressuring Riley about her potential conflicted role, that Governor Deal wants the matter to be handled by an administrative law judge and not the revenue commissioner. I imagine she’s relieved. Here’s the excellent 11Alive piece.


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