Prepare to get screwed. Big Business in Georgia is already getting loads of what we call tax *exemptions* (think of how Delta is not taxed for fuel, the way we are taxed for gas purchases). Despite every report and recommendation and committee convened under the stars, Big Biz gets pretty much whatever they send their lobbyista into the Georgia Legislature to ask the legislators for.

But we, individual consumers, don’t. Unless you can afford to hire Troutman Sanders! Some of what’s being, er, hashed out in regards to tax reform in Georgia is mentioned here, from the AJC:

The film credit (for film industry) is just one fight among dozens that reform advocates face if they wish to make the exemption-heavy sales tax code into a predictable revenue machine.

Recommendations to increase the sales tax on cigarettes and add new sales taxes on purchases by nonprofits or the private sales of used cars face a similar uphill climb.

How reassuring! At least we face an *uphill climb* before getting it, right?


Seeds and stems, this being the weekend:

  • Carol Porter asks on her Facebook… what do Georgians care more about, Nathan Deal’s State of the State address or her chicken salad recipe? I think we all know the answer to that. Recipe here.
  • PolitiFactGA has a cute Deal-O-Meter graphic. Not as cute as kittens playing piano, but cute!
  • City of Atlanta has at least one friend in its social network at the Gold Dome, Speaker of the House David Ralston.

Atlanta bloggers (me and Charlie of Peach Pundit) analyze Atlanta Snowpocalypse on 11Alive/WXIA. January 12, 2011. And boy was it an adventure! Driving to the station and back. Not a whole lot of adventure in this *debate* though. Maybe some other time.

Sorry, but someone’s gotta ask it, and it always ends-up being me. Why was Nathan Deal wearing a worn sweatshirt at his first press conference? He looked like Santa the day after Christmas. Worn the heck out. Already? White male leadership usually manages to scramble on at least a logo’d windbreaker from a lobbyist in times of crisis.

Shaking my PR head now, as someone over there should know better’n that. To let a leader appear disheveled in public? That’s pretty much something a handler type would learn in media kindergarten. Jeez.

NOTE: photo was stolen from AJC. Sorry. I’ll take it down if y’all insist. But I’m snowed in, so not much of my own personal smart phone media being generated right now, except for that totally cute dog sledding video that ended-up all over CNN. Until then, I’ll have to cop others’.

You’re snowed in, right? Not at work. At home messing around on the Internet like the rest of us. Well then Friend Request Carol Porter now on Facebook, because that’s where the Georgia political action is – on Porter’s personal Facebook Wall.

Today she calls Jim Galloway of AJC’s Political Insider blog onto the carpet to answer to her… at the same time pointing out what a little tyrant Casey Cagle was during the bed tax brewhaha last year in the legislature. All in less than 400 words or so! Honestly, I’m so interested in mostly media brewhahas I can’t even recall now if the hospital (*bed*) tax fee passed or not. Silly me.

Carol Porter is a force to be reckoned with, no matter what the outcome of her Lt. Gov bid last November. She is driving majority opposition, and a whole lot of other agendas too as we all get a slow start to the 2011 General Assembly session. But there’s plenty of online action to be had. Come to think about it, Porter’s such a Georgia politics bulldog I’m going to add her as an entire category here. Consider yourselves warned!

Nathan Deal’s first emergency in office, starting on Day One, included the glaringly un-populist behaviors of:

1.) Telling Georgians they’re on their own out there in snowed-in conditions.

2.) Using state office/power to shuttle legislators ONLY around in government vehicles (remember, in the emergency we’re under).

3.) Not answering any questions from press.

What an amazing 48 hours of utterly UN-responsive new leadership in Georgia! Is this going to be a great 4-years around here or what?! From Political Insider:

“The weather has to cooperate in order for us to do what we really need to do. So I would just urge everyone to make sure they take care of themselves, and that they do not put themselves in a position of danger,” a sweatshirted Deal told reporters invited into his meeting with disaster advisors.

But the governor, in his second day on the job, refused to respond to any questions.

There’s an emergency in Georgia, that’s fer sure. And it’s not just snow and ice remaining, uncleared, on our roads.

Are Georgia Republicans just crackin’ you up right now, or what?! They sure hate Big Government and pork from Washington when it’s time to vote. Then once in office they can’t get enough of the greasy stuff.

So says our governor-elect, Nathan Deal to Georgia’s business leadership this week regarding what exactly is needed to dredge our lovely Savannah harbor. And dredge forever and ever, Amen, knowing the historical incompetence of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Hopefully the federal government will come through with their portion of it.

The greenies, all three that I’m aware of here in Georgia, haven’t even weighed-in on what I like to call Dredge Fest. They’ve sure got a lot of reading to do over the Christmas holidays now!

Full WSB-Radio story right here.