State Senator Frank Ginn expects the Georgia General Assembly to revisit the issue of “tax reform” when the 2012 legislative session convenes.
The issue was a popular topic of discussion last year, but ultimately the plan that would have reduced the state income tax in exchange for expanding the reach of the sales tax was scuttled.
“I was proud that last year while it never got perfected we didn’t pass something just to pass something,” said Ginn last week. “There was no urgency to pass something that might be a problem later on.”
The challenge, said the second-year legislator, is keeping the changes “revenue neutral” but at the same time avoiding shifting the burden of taxation unfairly.
“Today, we know where every dime we collect in taxes comes from,” Ginn declared. “When you get into the unknown… it’s a tax shift. Any time you’ve got people working on that, you always have to look at what the motivation is. Is it going to make us more competitive or is it taking advantage of folks in this area and giving a credit to those in another area?”