The House has passed a plan that needlessly delays tax relief for over a year, and doesn’t provide the full amount of relief for two years. Georgia workers are at risk of losing their jobs right now due to the economic downturn. Why are we waiting two years to cut taxes instead of having the courage to do it right now?
I am interested in working with the House on a broad economic stimulus plan that will create jobs today. I believe we can develop a plan that cuts taxes for every Georgian, regardless of whether they drive an old Ford truck or a shiny new Porsche. The Senate also strongly believes in capping property tax assessments, and we have already passed two constitutional amendments doing exactly that. These are the issues that truly matter to Georgia families, and it is time to get serious about the business of creating jobs for Georgia by providing broad tax relief to all of our working citizens.
By the way, I'm pretty sure state Rep. Mark Burkhalter — who has long pitched a plan to do away with the property tax on cars — drives a Porsche. No doubt, though, any reference to said German sports car is entirely coincidental.
Also, the governor has called the House plan "irresponsible," according to a story that moved recently on the AP wire:
Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday called the $672 million plan to eliminate the tax an ‘‘irresponsible’’ proposal and compared its hasty creation to the ‘‘Wright brothers jumping off of Kitty Hawk and designing an airplane on the way down.’’
That's nice rhetoric. To be fair, though, I don't think the Wright brothers jumped "off" Kitty Hawk. It's not a cliff. It's just a really windy flat place they went to test their new plane.