Atlanta, GA (AP) - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle says tax reform isn't
something that has to happen this year.
Speaking to reporters in his office on Tuesday, Cagle gave the
recently released recommendations of the Tax Reform Council "mixed
reviews" and said the Legislature will have "an enormous amount
of debate and discussion" of the proposals during the session.
Cagle said that while lawmakers are required to consider the
proposals, they are still early in the process and legislation or a
vote are far down the road.
Among the tax panel's recommendations is reviving the 4 percent
state sales tax on groceries -- a move Cagle says he opposes because
of its impact on poor Georgians and concerns over the tax's
potential to generate enough revenue to justify the change.
Cagle was overwhelmingly re-elected to his second four-year term
as lieutenant governor in November.
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