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Week 7 A Net Positive for Georgia

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. - John F Kennedy Well, another week at the State Capitol is over.

The latest update to the tax code was the big buzz around the capitol.

On Tuesday there was a press conference to outline HB 918 which would double the standard deduction for Georgia taxpayers effective January 1, 2018

It would also reduce the income tax rate for individuals and businesses from 6 percent to 5.75 percent in 2019, and from 5.75 to 5.5 perfect in 2020.

But that's not all that's in the bill. Politicians love to use great ideas to push not so great ideas, so HB 918 was filled with a bunch smaller changes.

Also included was a tax exemption for jet fuel.

Previously the exemption was solely for Delta but because of conservative pressure, it was expanded to the whole industry which is the only reason I could justify voting for the bill.

Because of how much money will remain in the private sector it's a clear net positive for Georgians.

Less money for the government to grow and more money in our pockets is a good thing.

That being said, we should always be careful.

The only reason this bill passed is because it's an election year and they want a good headline.

Not only do they have plenty of time to find ways to take more of your money, they've already done so.

They raised taxes on cars this year, passed the largest tax increase in GA history just a few years ago, and will continue to raise taxes in the future if we don't fight back.

As always we need to to be vigilant in the future.

On Wednesday, I did a radio interview with Pat Malone on “Mountain Mornings”, 95.1FM WJRB where we discussed my voting record and some of the reasons why I vote Yes or No down at the Capitol the way I do.

I also discussed HB 887, the Netflix, internet & TV tax, which I will continue to speak out against.


To end the week in a victory, On Thursday I made a motion on the House floor to Move my bill; HB 490 to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

It had been stuck in the Judiciary Committee and after talking to the Chairmen of both committees we agreed that it should be moved.

That motion did carry and the bill is now in its rightful committee and will be heard.

HB 490 amends the traffic code to authorize lane filtering in Georgia when traffic is stopped and the motorcyclist is traveling no faster than 10 mph.

Evidence shows that responsible lane filtering helps alleviate traffic, save fuel and make the roads safer by reducing the number of rear-end collisions that harm too many motorcyclists each year.

I'd like to thank ABATE and everyone who has supported me on this bill.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone for their support and If you ever need something or want to find out what going on daily, check out my website mattgurtler.com and also check out my Facebook, facebook.com/mattgurtler.

And don’t forget you can email or call me anytime at matt@mattgurtler.com & (706) 490 -2285

It's always an honor to serve.

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