State senators might be punished for not paying taxes

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ATLANTA - A state senator wants to change rules in his chamber to penalize senators who haven't paid their taxes.

Nineteen legislators - including three senators - are delinquent on their tax bills, according to a report from the state Department of Revenue. Some of the past-due taxes date back to 2002.

Sen. Eric Johnson, a Savannah Republican, said he's pushing legislation that would require that lawmakers in the chamber be current on their tax bills. If they aren't, they could face disciplinary action, including removal from the Senate.

Johnson, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, said the change is designed to go after elected officials who think they are tax-exempt.

In the state House, Rep. Joe Wilkinson said he's asked legal counsel to determine whether violators can be punished under existing law.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/03/09 - 06:01 am
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This is an interesting

This is an interesting prospect. We've seen that federal legislators and cabinet appointees are responsible for paying their taxes, but there's no penalty for late payment, no matter how many years it's been. In fact, they don't even have to pay the late taxes if the press forgives them.

ColCo
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ColCo 03/03/09 - 06:24 am
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I believe when they are sworn

I believe when they are sworn in, elected officials state that they are not the holder of any public funds. The question is whether taxes constitute public funds. I guess if you are a plebeian they are, if you are elected, they are not.

sgachief
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sgachief 03/03/09 - 07:16 am
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We are no longer a nation of

We are no longer a nation of morals but a nation led by crooks and thiefs, from the white house to the state house.

pofwe
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pofwe 03/03/09 - 07:25 am
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I'll bet a dollar to a

I'll bet a dollar to a doughnut that this "legislation ...require ... removal from the Senate." will not see the light of day. I hope I'm wrong. Because "some past-due taxes date back to 2002." Seven years without paying back taxes and yet they sit in a seat of authority over taxpayers that are sent to prison,(after their property has been confiscated ), when they are found delinquent with their taxes. T'aint, t'aint, t'aint fair!

justus4
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justus4 03/03/09 - 07:30 am
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There is existing law to
Unpublished

There is existing law to punish these people: Publish the names of the Senate's violaters, then stick a microphone in their face and ask, "Sir, what do you think about citizens having to pay taxes?" Good grief! That's what you so-called Investigative Reporters, Radio Talkers, and Media People are suppose to be doing. That's YOUR job! In fact, this article is from the Associated Press. Where is the Chronicle on this one? Oh Oh, Yeah, "we" know. They are possibly in the pockets of these senators and thus, slow to get the word out. What a bunch. Again, why didn't the Chronicle see fit to author this article and some observe the different coverage of non-minority elected officials, and how the media avoid reporting their negative behavior.

getalife
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getalife 03/03/09 - 07:42 am
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Is there a list of these

Is there a list of these politicians? All taxpayers should email or write to these politicians and ask them why they are not paying their taxes. These people should not be allowed to continue in the political process. Publish their names.

pofwe
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pofwe 03/03/09 - 07:46 am
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What a blessed day! I can

What a blessed day! I can finally agree with justus4 on an issue. You are right-on my man. Name, photo, and sound byte for their corrupt shenanigans. Austin, ... get on this.

pah4r
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pah4r 03/03/09 - 07:57 am
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justus4; why does every one

justus4; why does every one of your comments have to broach the subject of race???? You must lead a very disturbing, ill conceived notion of reality. Why can't you just take comments at their face value now and then and leave the race issue behind? Or do you feel that by constantly bringing up race you are justifying your miserable existence of ""woe is me, I have been held back" ( if so it is by your own choosing in today's world).

ripjones
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ripjones 03/03/09 - 07:58 am
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I agree. It's been at least a

I agree. It's been at least a month of Sundays, since I agreed with Justus4, but I do today !! Unfortunately, it is all over government, at all levels. Remember the tax issues within the Augusta Commision, a few years ago ?? Print me a list...

wantchangecashadollar
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wantchangecashadollar 03/03/09 - 07:58 am
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justus...I will bet $10 that

justus...I will bet $10 that the majority of these Congress people are Dimocraps...not paying your taxes, but passing laws to raise other's, seems to be a habit among Dims...just look at Barry's Cabinet Nomonations and Dim US Congress people...where is CNN and MSNBC on this one, oh yea they are in the tank for Barry and the Libs in the US...

ColCo
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ColCo 03/03/09 - 08:08 am
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wantchange, you are probably

wantchange, you are probably right, and that is the reason we have not seen a list yet. The republican leadership is playing it too close to the vest for it to be their brother and sister party members.

DMac_357
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DMac_357 03/03/09 - 08:50 am
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It does seem odd that the AP

It does seem odd that the AP didn't take the next logical step and say who the offenders are. That seems like journalism 101 but maybe the editor didn't want to put the info out but again I'd have to ask why not??

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Dan White 03/03/09 - 09:20 am
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They must be Democrats. It's

They must be Democrats. It's the only way you can get them to pay their taxes - elect them to office or appoint them to Obama's Cabinet.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/03/09 - 09:23 am
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What a waste of time...all

What a waste of time...all this jackass is doing is grandstanding. You think that legislators will pass a bill that directly affects them in a negative way? Dreaming...

SusieQ
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SusieQ 03/03/09 - 09:29 am
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I would like to see a list of

I would like to see a list of names and pictures also. Maybe Orielly can get them for us! SusieQ

disssman
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disssman 03/03/09 - 09:53 am
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At the same time they may

At the same time they may want to do something about sitting Governors who are declaring bankruptcy. Or how about a law forcing Governors to put their companies into a blind trust while in office. Ah but there is one thing we can count on, these folks will be re-elected because they are good old boys. Anybody want to wager on that?

palomino9
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palomino9 03/03/09 - 11:09 am
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actually, if you will check

actually, if you will check sources before making comment, you will find that the vast majority of elected officials in Georgia who are delinquent on their taxes are in fact republicans. imagine that!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/03/09 - 12:08 pm
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You would wipe out 75% of

You would wipe out 75% of Richmond Cty government if there were a similar law for county officials.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/03/09 - 12:10 pm
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Palomino, not doubting your

Palomino, not doubting your statistic, but I bet if you factor into account there are so many more Republican elected officials, you will realize Democrats are more likely to be behind on their taxes.

Farful
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Farful 03/03/09 - 12:54 pm
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do as I say, not as I do

do as I say, not as I do

creolechick
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creolechick 03/03/09 - 01:10 pm
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This is another great example

This is another great example of why we need the fair tax plan. It's also a good reason that congress will never pass it.

My_2nd
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My_2nd 03/03/09 - 02:04 pm
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yeah...sure they will be.

yeah...sure they will be.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 03/03/09 - 02:39 pm
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Unbelievably arrogant,

Unbelievably arrogant, unethical, and should be criminal. Federal or state politicians should take a 30% cut in pay during these down times, especially federal as most are millionaires already. Funny how we are held accountable for every dime and haunted by the IRS, but those legislating such taxes seem to follow a different drummer. What a friggin bunch of crooks. Perhaps the death penalty or life in prison would be a deterrent-hee,hee,hee. My bet our forefathers would be wondering why we are putting up with this crap.

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/03/09 - 02:44 pm
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You are more than right with

You are more than right with your last statement Biz. Our forefathers had a problem with taxation without representation, while we just sit by and let it happen!

jack
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jack 03/03/09 - 03:10 pm
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Again, why didn't the

Again, why didn't the Chronicle see fit to author this article and some observe the different coverage of non-minority elected officials, and how the media avoid reporting their negative behavior.
Posted by justus4 on Tue Mar 3, 2009 7:30 AM.... Would be interesting to see how many of those who owe back taxes are mnorities.

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/03/09 - 03:16 pm
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Jack, probably about the same

Jack, probably about the same percentage as is on the rc commision.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 03/03/09 - 07:18 pm
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It's easy for Palomino9 to

It's easy for Palomino9 to say that the majority of elected officials in Georgia who are delinquent on taxes are Republicans and then NOT site a single source or statistic. But then, Democrats NEVER have to have facts. It's against their nature for sure.

mable8
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mable8 03/05/09 - 01:10 am
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There is nothing written in

There is nothing written in the State or Federal Constitution that says congressional members are exempt from paying taxes. What makes me angry is that JQ Public fails to pay and the tax court throws him under the jail; the good 'ole boy congressional network says: okay, but I'm still not paying--and they don't, so they go home with no sanctions whatsoever. And by the way justus4, in what train wreck did you have such a serious brain injury that your entire world must be black only? The rest of us see lots of color--what a pity you cannot!

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