Economic recovery is coming slowly for rural South Georgia. Many local governments there have made deep cuts in staff and services. And those communities say they're taking another hit...from tax cuts passed by state lawmakers two years ago.
Tax reform is likely to be back on the table when state legislators reconvene in January. Gov. Nathan Deal says he’s asked lawmakers to submit ideas about improving Georgia’s tax policy with an eye toward making the state even more attractive to businesses.
A tax reform plan that would remove an unpopular car tax and the sales tax manufacturers pay on energy unanimously passed the state Senate Thursday. The state House has already passed the measure so it now heads to Governor Nathan Deal, who says he will sign it.
A tax reform bill proposed on Monday could be headed for Governor Nathan Deal’s signature as early as Thursday when the state Senate plans to vote on it. Some critics say there’s not enough time to vet the bill before the end of the legislative session next week.
Conservative policymakers renewed their push for tax reform Thursday at a forum organized by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Elected officials and business executives touted lifting an energy tax on manufacturers, but it's unclear how the state would replace the lost revenue.