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AARP Georgia Is Against a Proposal to Restore the State's Sales Tax on Groceries


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(OPEN):
TAX-REFORM IS EXPECTED TO BE A MAJOR ISSUE, DURING THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S UPCOMING SESSION.  AMONG THE PROPOSALS THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED IS ONE THAT WOULD RESTORE THE STATE'S SALES-TAX ON GROCERIES--A MOVE THAT WOULD ADD FOUR CENTS TO EVERY DOLLAR SPENT AT THE CHECKOUT-COUNTER.  HOWEVER, A-A-R-P GEORGIA'S INCOMING STATE-PRESIDENT, BARRY REID, SAYS THAT SUCH A MOVE WOULD BE A BAD IDEA...

(REID):
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JUST AS ALABAMA IS DISCUSSING GETTING RID OF ITS GROCERY-TAX, SOME GEORGIA-LEGISLATORS ARE TALKING ABOUT REINSTATING OURS.  THIS IS A TAX THAT WILL HIT EVERYONE IN THE POCKETBOOK--AND IT WILL HURT OUR MOST-VULNERABLE RESIDENTS THE HARDEST--INCLUDING OUR SENIORS ON FIXED INCOMES.  GEORGIA'S UNEMPLOYMENT-RATE IS STILL NEARLY 10-PERCENT--AND THE STATE IS AMONG THE TOP 10, WHEN IT COMES TO RESIDENTS 60 AND OLDER WHO ARE AT RISK OF NOT GETTING ENOUGH TO EAT.  MAKING IT HARDER FOR OUR RESIDENTS TO BUY FOOD--ESPECIALLY NOW, AND ESPECIALLY WHEN THE REVENUE FROM THE GROCERY SALES-TAX WOULD BE USED TO GIVE BUSINESSES A TAX-BREAK--IS SIMPLY NOT GOOD PUBLIC-POLICY."

(CLOSE):
A-A-R-P GEORGIA IS URGING ITS MEMBERS, AND OTHERS, TO CONTACT THEIR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE GROCERY-TAX PROPOSAL.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"G-A".



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