GOP puts lipstick on pig with unnecessary new tax

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Are Georgia Republicans attempting to pull a fast one on the citizens of the state with the transportation special-purpose local option sales tax?

With all of the complaining Republicans have made against our president about raising taxes during these difficult economic times, why are our state Republicans attempting to do the same? And why are they acting like Nancy Pelosi in regard to the facts of TSPLOST? Must we pass the bill to know what’s in it?

DURING THE NAACP forum July 23, Georgia Department of Transportation Board Member Don Grantham insisted that food would be exempt from this tax. However, the fact is that it is not exempt. (House Bill 277, lines 440 and 441). In fact it specifically states:

“The tax imposed pursuant to this article shall only be levied on the first $5,000.00 of any transaction involving the sale or lease of a motor vehicle. The tax imposed pursuant to this article shall be subject to any sales and use tax exemption which is otherwise imposed by law; provided; however, that the tax levied by this article shall be applicable to the sale of food and beverages as provided for in division (57)(D)(i) of Code Section 48-8-3.”

WHY ARE CAR sales exempt after the first $5,000, while our food is taxed 100 percent? Seems as if luxury items are more important than necessities.

Furthermore, Georgia already has a gasoline tax of 7.5 cents, including state (4 percent) and local (3 percent) sales taxes per dollar for a total of about 29.2 cents per gallon, depending on gas price. Let’s compare this to our South Carolina neighbors at 16.8 cents per gallon. If we add another 1 percent, we will be closer to 33 cents per gallon – twice that of our South Carolina neighbors.

This clearly shows me that we don’t have a revenue shortage; we have a spending addiction.

One Republican official told me that this keeps local control over the funds. If that is the case, why does the first 15 percent of these funds stay in Atlanta?

Furthermore, of the funds collected in Augusta, we are giving more than $62.5 million to other counties. Yes, I know they shop in Augusta, but we provide the roads and bus routes for all the employees in these stores and should keep our funds to take care of our county.

THIS LOOKS more and more like the stimulus plan that was sold by our president with assurances the unemployment rate would stay below 8 percent. The TSPLOST bill was even craftily worded on the ballot, as “Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.”

Looks like the Republicans are putting lipstick on a pig with this vote.

Please join me in voting “no” Tuesday, so we can stop the largest tax in our state’s history.

(The writer is District 3 commissioner for Augusta.)

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/29/12 - 12:32 am
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GO JOE!

Great column and 100% on the nose. This is a tax increase no matter how you cut it.

Brad

avidreader
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avidreader 07/29/12 - 08:25 am
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No! No! No!

Mr. Bowles writes, "This clearly shows me that we don’t have a revenue shortage; we have a spending addiction."

This simple quote sums up our entire political existence in RC and in the entire state. It's ironic that Mr. Bowles is a politician. Maybe there are a few who really understand fiscal responsibility.

klee0915
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klee0915 07/29/12 - 08:33 am
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VOTE NO

This is another tax we do not need! We could probably pay for the project if each politician took a nickle pay cut from each check.

klee0915
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klee0915 07/29/12 - 08:33 am
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VOTE NO

This is another tax we do not need! We could probably pay for the project if each politician took a nickle pay cut from each check.

klee0915
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klee0915 07/29/12 - 08:33 am
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VOTE NO

This is another tax we do not need! We could probably pay for the project if each politician took a nickle pay cut from each check.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/29/12 - 10:31 am
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The difference is that the

The difference is that the Republicans are at least giving us the opportunity to use our common sense and VOTE NO on this permanent TAX INCREASE on EVERYONE.

The Democrats, from the federal level to the local level, usually just go into some little back room and vote to take our money without asking us. From Obamacare to our local discriminatory Property Taxes, Garbage FEEs and Fire TAX, we never get asked. Taking without asking is the Democrat way.

I, at least, have to give the Republicans credit for giving us the opportunity to vote on this issue.

Having said that, please VOTE NO on TSPLOST. Send the Republicans a message that we meant what we said when we sent them to Atlanta. CUT SPENDING !!!!!!!!!!!! Gut useless and unnecessary agencies and reallocate those monies to the PRIMARY functions of government....like BUILDING AND MAINTAINING ROADS. STOP SPENDING all of our GAS TAX money in METRO ATLANTA.

VOTE NO NO NO NO NO on TSPLOST. It is a PERMANENT TAX on EVERYONE. It will NEVER GO AWAY. And it is on top of our already HIGH STATE INCOME TAX, STATE SALES TAX, STATE GASOLINE TAX, PROPERTY TAX, AD VALOREM TAX, LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX and the TWO SPLOSTs THEY HAVE ALREADY CONNED US INTO. You know, the Let's build Paul a TEE Center SPLOST, and the Let's build some shiny new schools for our 50% graduation rate bottom of the barrel school system SPLOST.

Shellman
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Shellman 07/29/12 - 12:42 pm
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Great Letter Joe
Unpublished

I agree 100%! I'm glad that at least some local politicians see this monstrosity for what it is: A huge tax increase and another added layer of government. Joe Bowles is obviously an independent thinker who doesn't get his marching orders from Don Grantham, like another Joe on the commission does.

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/29/12 - 02:25 pm
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t splot

reminds me of that old joke "Once the bonds are paid off the tollroads will be free" well every road will need repairs and the (penny) cost won't last long I saw the sign on E ROBINSON .."repair this road" so I wondered HOW what make it wider? four lanes? more traffic lites? just been resurfaced with State local money WHAT could you possibly do to improve ROBINSON RD once the roads are repaired ?never again ?
and I know of any tax penny or otherwise that was stopped only increased and used for every other dream beware of what you wish for
the tax today will increase tomorrow meaning you childrens and grand children increase the gas tax 1/10 percent and get those prices even because 9/10 is no savings

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/29/12 - 02:41 pm
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vote yes

there are truisms in life one is "If you build it it will need repairs"
If you use it prepare to pay for repairing it" vote yes

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/29/12 - 06:21 pm
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Thank you, Joe Bowles.

This is a great letter. It shows the emperor (Dandy Don Grantham) has no clothes. This tax adds to the gasoline tax and dilutes and spreads out accountability until no one can trace the money, no one can remember the projects, no one can follow the asphalt trucks and concrete trucks. This T-SPLOST leads to unaccountable corruption and graft.

Vote NO!

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/29/12 - 06:35 pm
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TSPLOST

They're Sneakily Planning Looting Our Sales Tax

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/29/12 - 10:03 pm
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NAACP

Commissioner Joe Bowles wrote:

DURING THE NAACP forum July 23, Georgia Department of Transportation Board Member Don Grantham insisted that food would be exempt from this tax. However, the fact is that it is not exempt. (House Bill 277, lines 440 and 441). In fact it specifically states: “The tax imposed pursuant to this article shall only be levied on the first $5,000.00 of any transaction involving the sale or lease of a motor vehicle. The tax imposed pursuant to this article shall be subject to any sales and use tax exemption which is otherwise imposed by law; provided; however, that the tax levied by this article shall be applicable to the sale of food and beverages as provided for in division (57)(D)(i) of Code Section 48-8-3.”

The NAACP should call down Don Grantham on his lie to them; and the NAACP should take a stand on this tax referendum. Where does the NAACP stand?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/29/12 - 11:58 pm
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Where does the NAACP stand?

Wherever they can make a quick buck.

rcandrews
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rcandrews 07/31/12 - 04:14 pm
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Your reasoning if flawed

Dichotomy, if that were the case that republicans are relying on "commonsense" when voting on this, why is it these "republicans" are espousing what a great thing this is and out right lying about it?

The right thing to have done was not even put it up for anything and shot it dead in the water.

Don Grantham is 1,000,000% behind it and has been begging people to vote for it and has been stumping for it from the get go.

I know because I have clashed with him and Tom Long and all the rest of the republican moon-bats that are for it every chance I have been given to do so.

This is much worse than just the highest sales tax increase in the history of our state; it is a land grab and power grab.

I never was given the chance to vote on the "Round Table" people and was I ever allowed to vote on the 5 board members who divided our state up into regions, were you?

It would behoove everyone to research The United Nations Agenda 21 if for nothing else to prepare yourselves for what is to come.

With all due respect.

rcandrews
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rcandrews 08/01/12 - 05:19 pm
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Way to Go Joe but ...

The T-SPLOST Crime Family and their Crooked Cousins at the GADOT managed to pull the wool over their sheep's eyes.

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