Archive for June, 2012

Sen. Shafer Receives 2012 Environmental Leadership Award from Georgia Conservation Voters: Award Based Upon Demonstrated Support for Protecting Georgia’s Natural Beauty

ATLANTA (June 20, 2012) —Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth) was presented the 2012 Environmental Leadership Award from Georgia Conservation Voters, a non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life of all Georgians by making conservation issues a top priority with Georgia’s elected officials, political candidates and voters.

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Sen. David Shafer Earns A+ Rating from Americans for Prosperity

ATLANTA (June 19, 2012) – Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth) received an A+ rating from the Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a national and one of Georgia’s top conservative grassroots organizations, 2011-2012 General Assembly Score Card. The scorecard recognizes elected officials on both the state and national level who are dedicated to fulfilling Americans for Prosperity’s core values: economic freedom and limited government. 

“I’m honored to be recognized by Americans for Prosperity with an A+ rating,” said Sen. Shafer.  “I share this organization’s commitment to economic freedom and opportunity.”

State legislators are scored on 12 separate pieces of legislation including Zero Based Budgeting (SB 33), Student Scholarships (HB 325), Revenue & Tax Relief Act (HB 386), GA Government Accountability Act (HB 456), the State Charter School Commission (HB 797) and the Charter School Constitutional Amendment (HR 1162), among others. Scores were given a letter grade equivalent between A+ and F.

“Americans For Prosperity Georgia congratulates State Senator David Shafer for his 100 percent rating,” said Virginia Galloway, AFP Georgia State Director. “This rating reflects a strong stand for the issues that Americans For Prosperity holds dear: economic and educational freedom, smaller and more efficient government, lower taxes, and less regulation.”

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization committed to advancing economic freedom and opportunity through community involvement and education. 

RELEASE
For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2012

For Information Contact:
Natalie Dale, Director
Kate Greer, Broadcast Specialist
kate.greer@senate.ga.gov
404.656.0028

America’s Premier Tax Reform Group Praises Senator Rogers Leadership

ATLANTA (June 13, 2012) – Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist released a statement praising Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers’ efforts to defend Georgians against tax increases and streamline state government operations. Sen. Rogers was noted for his principled stand in opposition to a multi-billion dollar transportation tax increase.

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Sen. Stone: E-Fairness and the Sales Tax Holiday

Sen. Jesse Stone

By Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro)

ATLANTA (June 12, 2012) - One of the most important aspects of the tax reform package is the E-Fairness clause which will ensure that taxes due to our state through online shopping are collected creating a level playing field for both small and large businesses operating in Georgia. Some of you may assume that goods purchased over the internet are exempt from state and local taxes- at least that is what companies like Amazon may have lead you to believe. The issue is not whether there is a tax liability, there is, but rather who is responsible for remitting the tax to the state.  Similar to store-bought purchases where the buyer generally sees a line added for “Sales Tax,” officially the state revenue laws include a “Sales and Use Tax” where the term “Use” refers to the obligation of the buyer to pay taxes on out-of-state purchases which are used in Georgia. However, The National Conference of State Legislators estimates that states will lose a combined $23.3 billion in FY2012 in uncollected use taxes.  Prior to passage of this important tax reform package, Georgia was estimated to lose $88.6 million over the next three years in state and local taxes.

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