Some Georgia businesses say new tax breaks could turn their field into the next film industry. But experts say the incentives that brought Hollywood productions to Georgia may not make sense in other industries.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Monday he says will boost jobs in Georgia. The measure gives the state more ways to ease the financial burden on tourism properties and startups. Some worry it’s a tax giveaway for private firms that shouldn’t need public money to succeed.
A new Families USA report says 800,000 Georgians can get a tax break when they buy a health insurance plan through new health care exchanges. The amount is determined by income and the cost of the premiums.
Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black will appear Wednesday at the Georgia Farm Bureau in Macon to urge growers to apply for a break exempting them from paying sales tax on the materials needed to grow their goods. That tax break starts Jan. 1 and is part of a package of tax changes that state lawmakers approved this year.
General aviation industry officials say, 7,000 Georgians go to work everyday in their industry -- and that should be good reason to keep a tax break in place for the wealthy customers who buy private airplanes. Current federal budget negotiations have opened a torrent of criticism toward what some -- including President Obama -- characterize as a tax loophole for fat cats.
Governor Nathan Deal still is reviewing a bill to boost tax incentives to spur some tourism projects. The tax breaks could help a proposed convention hotel in Savannah. Some hotel owners have tried to block the hotel because it could be financed with 50-million-dollars in county bonds. The opponents says, that's unfair to privately-backed hotels.
State lawmakers worked into late Tuesday evening on the next to last day of the General Assembly session. Movement on a Sunday alcohol sales bill, immigration, and the state budget was included on Tuesday's agenda.