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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Congressmen push for FairTax as part of tax reform debate

While congressmen negotiated the so-called fiscal cliff this month, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall pushed to make their FairTax proposal part of the debate.

Woodall, who has taken the reins on the bill from his predecessor John Linder, and Chambliss, who sponsors the bill in the Senate, requested a revenue estimate from the Joint Committee on Taxation, so the bill could be considered during tax reform talks.

Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga-7, asked the Joint Committee on Taxation to produce a revenue estimate of H.R. 25 and S. 13, the FairTax bill. This estimate will allow the FairTax to be considered during congressional negotiations for tax reform.

“The current tax code has become too burdensome and complex, and is filled with provisions that benefit only a few Americans at the expense of everyone else. That’s simply not right,” Chambliss said. “Now is the time to enact the FairTax, which would create a fairer, simpler tax code that allows every American the freedom to determine his or her own priorities and opportunities.”

The proposal would repeal personal income taxes, payroll taxes and others and replace it with a retail sales tax.

“No matter what they do, honest, hardworking Americans are punished under our current tax code. Pass the FairTax, and we can unshackle America’s job creators and jump start this economy. Pass the FairTax, and we can reward all Americans who contribute to our economy — not just those who can afford the best tax lawyers and accountants,” Woodall said. “We, as a nation, can do better than relying on a tax code that picks winners and losers. Let’s level the playing field with the FairTax and restore more freedom to our economy, not more government.”

State of the County speech set

In the new year, Gwinnett leaders are anticipating another State of the County message from Chairwoman Charlotte Nash.

Nash, who will be sworn in to her first full term today, after serving the final 18 months of a term after the resignation of Charles Bannister, is set to give her third address at a Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 16.

According to a Chamber email, the luncheon is expected to provide an update of the county’s fiscal status and a look at the challenges and opportunities of the new year.

Last year, Nash used the opportunity to announce details of the Volunteer Gwinnett program, which has a goal of 1 million volunteer hours to help with services from police to parks and recreation.

Co-hosted by the Council for Quality Growth, the noon luncheon costs $75 for members of one of the organizations and $100 for non-members. It will be held at The Gwinnett Center.

For more information or to sign up for the event, go to gwinnettstateofthecounty.com.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

Comments

Don_Coyote 1 year, 8 months ago

The fair tax has as much of a chance as Beelzebub does making snowballs.

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