Last week, the Georgia House Ways and Means Committee hosted a meeting in which they discussed Rep. John Carson’s (R, 46th) “More Take Home Pay” Bill. The bill is the first attempt at tax reform in Georgia since 2010, so let’s all be grateful for an attempt at addressing the behemoth that is Georgia’s Swiss cheese tax code. You may find the bill, as introduced by clicking here. However, it is my understanding that the bill is a “working document” and has not been updated online. For whatever reason, the Georgia General Assembly’s process of policy exists largely outside of the sphere of modernity. The bills are not updated in a timely manner online for easy dissemination. The fiscal note is not readily available online in conjunction with the bill itself, and if the bill is discussed between sessions of the legislature, it would seem it is perfectly normal and acceptable to not include those discussion documents online in one central area.
Clearly, I am not of the same accord.
In the #gapol Twitter feed, I posed my questions and graciously Rep. Brett Harrell (R, 106) informed me that (as always) I may contact the Ways and Means staff for any of the documents shared in the meeting. I have chosen to share them with you below. Continue reading “Tax Reform in Georgia: Codified Elitism?”