BIGGEST TAX INCREASE IN GEORGIA HISTORY
By: Kelly Burke 04/07/2015
The best movie of late you haven’t seen? St. Vincent with Bill Murray. Awesome.
So when was the BIGGEST TAX INCREASE IN GEORGIA HISTORY? This week!
Passed into law by your Georgia Legislature, gas taxes in Georgia will never be the same. The Super Majority Republican Party did it too. The “small government, no new taxes” guys were abducted by space aliens and replaced with “tax and spend” types. All our local legislators got transported onto the alien ship, except for Rep. Heath Clark. Somehow he missed the alien abduction and voted, true to his campaign plank, against giving GDOT a $BILLION$ for no discernible reason.
How massive was this tax increase? The gas excise tax went from 7.5 cents to 26 cents per gallon on gas, 29 cents for diesel. Sales taxes were eliminated though. Oops, not exactly. They gave the local big spender government types the ability to raise 4 cents a gallon. Here’s betting most of them will. I predict Houston County will dip into that trough in no time.
They added a $5 per night hotel tax. They added a $200 tag fee for alternative fuel cars, $300 if it’s commercial. These funds went into the general fund, but they will spend it on roads and bridges. They promise. Really, trust them.
But to me, the coolest feature they added was the provision that the gasoline tax will increase automatically in the future. No more messy votes about raising your taxes. The gas tax will go up AUTOMATICALLY as cars get more efficient on gas. Seriously. If average fuel economy increases, they sell less gas, thus less tax money. So the tax will go up automatically. How cool is that?
Oh, and if that isn’t enough, they added a CPI (Consumer Price Index, commonly called inflation) feature too. As inflation goes up, so does the gas tax. AUTOMATICALLY.
Pretty impressive stuff from the “small government” Republicans. Only under the Gold Dome can they raise $1 BILLION in new revenue and claim that they didn’t raise your taxes.
Final point. Who causes the most damage to roads? Yep, big trucks. So how much did the mean ol’ Legislature penalize them? $100. Per year. That’s it. Why? Think about it, do you have a lobby? Of course not, but the trucking industry does. Why? Because they know that Republicans aren’t truly “small government” types. When you begin to understand that, you’ll start to vote smarter.
Kelly Burke, master attorney, former district attorney and magistrate judge, is engaged in private practice. He writes about the law, rock’n’roll and politics. These articles are not designed to give legal advice, but are designed to inform the public about how the law affects their daily lives. Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org