For the second year in a row, the nonpartisan research group the Tax Foundation ranks Georgia the 34th most business-friendly state. It comes as Governor Nathan Deal releases the state's business development strategy recommendations in the Georgia Competitiveness Report.
Voting, taxes and ethics are among the issues Georgia's Senate Democrats say they are focused on this legislative session. The Senate Democratic Caucus announced its priorities for the 2012 General Assembly on Tuesday, including several bills they plan to introduce next week.
Republican state lawmakers considering ways to reform Georgia’s tax code are looking at taxing groceries. A joint committee on tax reform discussed the idea Monday in preparation for the upcoming legislative session.
About a fifth of Georgia's state lawmakers have failed to pay their taxes on time. An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that federal, state or local governments have filed liens against 16 state senators and 32 representatives. A lien allows government officials to seize a person's property and sell it to recoup a tax debt.
President Obama’s American Jobs Act, unveiled Thursday, would reduce some federal payroll taxes on business, which he says will create jobs. Georgia tax code imposes a relatively light tax burden on businesses, earning it praise for being “business-friendly.” But what does it mean that Georgia is business-friendly, and is it boosting job growth?
A tax overhaul that Republicans had promoted as a key part of their agenda is dead for the legislative session. A joint legislative panel signed off on the bill Monday morning and it appeared headed to a full House vote the same day. But the House adjourned without taking up the measure, which effectively kills it for the session.