• Matt Gurtler

Week 11: The End is Near, But The Fight Continues

There's only one week left this session. We will be voting on bills, resolutions and conference committees Tuesday & Thursday, then you're safe from tax increases and infringements on your liberties for another nine months. First and foremost, I want to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in the process. Whether you've called me, sent me an email, or come down to the Capitol in person, having a politically active community is what will fix America, and our district is a great example to others. These last two years have been amazing and I cannot thank you enough for your support and encouragement. It means so much to me. When I ran for State Representative in 2016, I ran a campaign on bringing a new level of accountability and transparency to government. That is why I explain every vote I cast on my website, whether I voted YES or NO I explain my reasoning because I want you to be informed. As well as writing my weekly column to keep you informed of ‘What’s really going on?’ at the Capitol. I also give my personal cell number to everyone (706) 490-2285, because I want to be the most accessible State Representative. Ultimately though I ran my previous campaign on bringing principles back into politics. If we are Republicans we should always uphold the Constitution and our Second Amendment, respect local control, protect life, individual liberty & freedom, and support the free market. It is precisely because so many before have compromised their principles over politics that we have the massive and intrusive government we have today; on the Federal level but also on the State level. I went door-to-door to get to know the voters personally and asked them “What is particularly important to you?”. Because I wanted to know my constituents and I wanted them to know who I am and what I stand for, and continue to stand for; limited government conservative values and principles. I’ve tried my best to vote by my values and principles, even when public perception was counter-intuitive or when it had a political cost. Standing up against the establishment is a hard battle, and there will be many more to come in order to win the war, but our numbers are growing. Real conservatives, unafraid to challenge the status quo is what it’s going to take to repeal the state income tax, fight tax increases, and end corporate welfare. Leading by example is the only way to achieve real change, and that’s the charge I have taken at the Capitol these past two years. And will continue to do so if re-elected to the State House. I believe there is much more work to do and would be honored to have your support and trust once again at the ballot box on May 22nd. I am still looking for more sign locations and I am searching for volunteers. If you would like to help in any way email me at

Back to session, this week I dropped House Bill 1075. This bill will allow for the budget to be voted on by department such as judicial, legislative and executive, instead of everything at once. If the department budget was to fail on the floor, it would be automatically cut by 1% across the board. This would force politicians from all sides to work together, and establish a system where expenditures would have to make sense on their own, not simply because they are attached to other critical functions like public safety and education. Finally, this week Americans for Prosperity Georgia came out with an analysis of corporate welfare and cronyism in Georgia. They rated every state politician in Georgia based on the worst subsidies that harm the free market, jobs & our economy. They looked at 4 bills; HB 125 – Yacht Sales Tax Exemption, HB 155 – Tax Credit for Music Industry, HB 196 – Special Treatment for Musicians & HB 199 – Tax Credit for Video Game Companies. Only two State Representatives got a perfect score; my friend John Pezold (R-Columbus) and myself. No surprise there, I have always fought to lower the amount of government interference in the free market and to lower the amount of money politicians hand out to their buddies. I will be speaking at events over the next couple months. I would love to see friendly faces and catch up as I've been spending most of my time in Atlanta for the past 3 months. I will be discussing things from the session and some exciting future projects and ideas. Before I go, in light of the passing of former Governor Zell Miller from Young Harris, I'd like to ask you to keep his family, friends & neighbors in your thoughts and prayers. He did so much for this State and he will be missed. Again thank you. It’s an honor to serve.

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