U.S. Rep. Linder busy pushing FairTax

U.S. Rep. John Linder was one of those last-minute tax filers this week.

The Republican from Duluth said he was working until 8 p.m. April 15 to file an extension for himself and his wife.

But Linder wants to make the last-minute Tax Day rush a thing of the past.

"We'd like to make April 15 another nice spring day," Linder said this week, after spending time on seven or eight radio shows touting his FairTax plan, which would abolish the federal income tax in favor of a nationwide sales tax.

April is typically a time when the plan gets the most attention, Linder said, adding that he earned another congressional co-sponsor - the 71st for the bill - because of a grassroots movement in U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett's South Carolina district.

Linder is working on collecting as many "citizen co-sponsors" as he can on his Web site.

"I think it would be cool to get to 1 million," Linder said.

A couple of months ago, Linder released his second book about the tax proposal, "FairTax: The Truth," and he recently spoke to an aide to Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on the plan.

"A big idea takes a long time," Linder said. "I believe we'll win that fight. There's no other tax proposal that has a million people working for it."

Reese on DOT situation

State Rep. Bobby Reese said he feels he made the right decision earlier this month when voting against a proposed sales tax to fund transportation.

Reese said his belief in the need for more oversight in the embattled state agency was confirmed by the revelations last week of a romantic relationship between Transportation Commission Gena Abraham and State Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans.

"If these things are going on, we don't need to throw money at them," Reese said. The transportation funding bill died at the end of the session, but many leaders are calling for a reconsideration in next year's session.

Evans resigned Thursday, and the State Transportation Board is expected to consider Abraham's future during a specially called meeting Monday.

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Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.