FairTax goes before Ways and Means committee

Camie Young

Camie Young

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall was excited this week to showcase his FairTax plan before a congressional subcommittee.

The tax overhaul, which would replace income and payroll taxes with a national sales tax, was one of two tax models considered by the House Committee on Ways and Means Tuesday.

"(Tuesday's) hearing is a giant step forward not only for the FairTax, but for the legislative process," said Woodall, who pushed for the legislation for years as former U.S. Rep. John Linder's chief of staff. "The American people are calling for tax reform, and the leaders in Washington are responding. By holding hearings and by learning as much as we can about how to move this nation forward in the right fiscal direction, I am certain that the FairTax will rise to the top as the most sensible tax reform solution."

Former Governor Mike Huckabee, Boston University Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, Sufolk University Professor David Tuerck, and columnist Bruce Bartlett testified on the FairTax panel.

"I would like to thank Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp for his leadership in bringing the FairTax before his committee," said Woodall, a Republican from Lawrenceville. "I would also like to thank the American people for exercising their political will and calling for a hearing on this important piece of legislation. The FairTax will return power to the American people, and I will continue to work for its success in Congress."

Goodman seeks


Suwanee Councilman Dick Goodman announced this week he would seek a second term.

"I was greatly honored to be elected to council two years ago, and am proud that in that time I voted to lower taxes, increase park space and enhance public safety," Goodman said in a press release announcing his campaign. "I'm running for re-election to ensure that Suwanee continues to reflect the aspirations of its citizen. ... Suwanee is a great community because its citizens are enterprising, imaginative, and farsighted. And they rightfully expect their city and its government to be as well. Suwanee can't rest on its laurels. We must continue the task of shaping a community that is attractive to the innovative enterprises that bring with them, or create, quality jobs."

Goodman was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Gwinnett County Public Library by County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. He also chairs Suwanee's Public Arts Commission, where he worked with other Suwanee residents to launch Suwanee's popular SculpTour, the annual outdoor exhibit of sculptures on loan to the city. This year, he will participate in the 2011-2012 class of Leadership Gwinnett.

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