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Georgia GOP Taxes Girl Scouts to Balance Budget

Georgia GOP Taxes Girl Scouts to Balance Budget

Though not alone in their budget balancing struggles, the state of Georgia proposes a unique solution to their revenue raising issues. They propose reinstating the food tax, increasing the gas tax and lowering the tax rate for foreign companies who operate in the state.

Regressive Taxes

While non-profit groups like the Girl Scouts worry about the effect a food tax will have on their ability to raise funds through their annual cookie sales, the state panel proposing this – and other measures – feels it is the only fair way to distribute the current tax burden.

The Special Council of Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians insists that its recommendations will not actually not increase the revenue the state already collects. Instead, like the current sales tax, it is applied to what Georgians spend rather than what they earn, and lowering the tax burden for businesses will attract new jobs for Georgians.

Tax Cuts for Businesses

Taxing groceries and wringing more tax revenue out of the gas pump might be necessary given the dire economic times facing the state, but it’s hard to reconcile tax increases on necessities while proposing the need to decrease the tax burden on corporations.

The Republican-controlled legislature is considering a budget that includes tax cuts, but their new Governor isn’t as sold. Groups like the AARP have come down as solidly opposed, and Mandy Rafool of the National Conference of State Legislatures points out that no other states are considering a food tax this year.

So while Girl Scouts and commuters have to man up for the possible sacrifice, corporations might be spared for another year.

What Do You Think?

Politicians are calling for sacrifice, but shouldn’t that include businesses? Let’s hear your views.

 

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Photo credit: Girl Scout Cookies for Soldiers Abroad by Georgia National Guard

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7:13AM PDT on May 31, 2011

Everyone should pay their fair share even religious organizations.

2:43PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

those big out of country businesses are making more money than they know what to do with and Girl Scouts only get 48 cents per box sold to keep for troop funds while the girl scout council is given the rest to pay back the guys who make the cookies (i know this cuz im a girl scout)

11:51AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

Chavonne- that would lead to inflation, which wouldn't solve anything and would only make the problem worse.

6:14AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

why don't they just print more money?

2:04AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

every states should have the same!

12:08AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

Rob and Jay: It should be tax the church's contributions. Since the Bush II era, more politicians are running their campaigns from church buildings and preachers are trying to influence th4 sheeple toward the right wing radical party lines. Once they did they, legally they are to be taxed and in doing so, would balance the budget and wipe out the debt in no time.

A church I attended as a child mailed out newsletters to it members. I was 17 and my neighbor had me collect her mail at her apartment and forward it to her while she was gone.I saw on the front page of the newsletter where it stated that the church had collected over 6 million dollars that year. This still was a very small church and back them a million dollars id more like a billion in todays market. And very little goes back into charity works in this country.

Jane R: As it stands now, less than 30% corps. pay any taxes and in fact BP got a 1.8 billion refund and it paid NO TAXES that year.

The way I looked at it last night, Girl Scouts and Bot Scouts of America ARE CORPORATIONS and therefore should be tax exempt for 1 of 2 reasons:

1. They are a corporation and the GOP doesn't want corps to pay any taxes at all. Kind of like the Koch brothers, only nicer.

2.They are a corp that actually helps girls learn a variety of skills and make a positive influence on the lives of others.

7:54AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Why not tax religious organizations while you're at it? If you're going to tax one, you must tax them all. Effing republicans...

9:43AM PST on Mar 12, 2011

I don't have a problem with taxing the Gir Scouts OR the Boy Scouts but corporations should be treated the same way.

4:39AM PST on Mar 11, 2011

Why are we allowing foreign businesses to not support the area they have moved into?

5:10PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

I think its time for the average paying american to get a break, the break for the coorporations haven't helped its time for the change weve been hearing about President Obama

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