• Matt Gurtler

Week Six: Halfway Through

We are more than halfway through the 2018 session, and there is a lot going on down here in Atlanta, both good and bad. We vote on several bills each day and as is stands today my voting records is 26 Yes votes, and 23 No votes. If you want to keep up with my votes head over to my website and click on voting record. You can always send me an email or call my office if you have any questions. I’ve been getting a lot questions about HB 887 and HB 778, so I’ll expand upon those a little. HB 887 places a tax on internet service providers, cellphone service, cable tv and streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others. Once again, a Republican-controlled House is trying to tax us more. Why? Well, the government is simply addicted to spending, and of course, they want to pay for some new subsidies. I can ensure you that I’m a strong No on HB887. It grows government, interferes in the free market, and takes money out of the private sector and your pocket. In regards to HB 778 dealing with the CTAE program in our schools. This legislation would’ve threatened local control but the bill was withdrawn last Thursday. Therefore, it will most likely not come up for a vote this session. Thank you to all the educators across the district who contacted my office to voice their opposition to the bill, it was invaluable information that I was able to relay to my colleagues. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you feel there is something that needs my attention, or you need an update of something that I haven’t had time to address in my column.

The discussion on the “Big Budget” has begun. We have been doing a lot of deep analysis into this budget, as well as attending appropriations meetings to ensure that your taxpayer’s money is being spent wisely and most importantly conservatively. The more we pay attention, and shine a light on the budget process the less big government spenders can get away with, meaning less spending. Thomas Jefferson’s quote about “eternal vigilance” couldn’t apply more perfectly to the situation. On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, I dropped my bill HB 845. This bill is to update Young Harris’ charter. I also drop the local legislation for the city of Dillard and it should be coming to a vote some day this week. I spoke with the speaker of the house about HB 490 Wednesday. This is a lane filtering bill allowing motorcycles to move up to the front at a red light. The reason is simple, safety. Motorcycles that are stuck in the back are often hit by cars who don’t see them. Although there’s a lot of work to be done there, I can see things to beginning to move. I also want to send a big thank you to those who email me in support of any of my bills. I have received numerous emails in support of HB 490 and HB 742; again, thank you. Soon it will be too late in the session for pages to apply, so take advantage of the opportunity now. Simply send me an email if you’d like to sign up your child or grandchild. It is always an honor to keep you updated on the events that are taking place down here in Atlanta. It’s my hope that I am providing you will good information and that you are sharing it with others. Thank you for your continuous support. It’s an honor to serve.

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