Back doors and word games
Napoleon Bonaparte stated, “We often get in quicker by the back door than by the front.” This did not only work for politicians in the 1800s but works for politicians in 2010.
See, calling something a tax would mean going through the front door. There would be yells of opposition, chants of no new taxes and tax reform organizations coraling their members to march on the Capitol steps. Legislators are hip to that game. Well, now. How will they accomplish the same task with less noise? License fees. So, while you are barracading the front door to keep taxes out, legislators are sneaking into your unlocked back door, climbing up the stairs stealing the savings jars, destroying the piggy banks and taking the safe out of the house. While the door is barracaded, go upstairs to see that you have been robbed yet again.
This spring, House members will return to their districts pounding their chests and speaking triumphantly of how they did not raise taxes; how noble. When your friends go to the district townhall meetings, tell them to mention HB1055 and HB307 to their Representatives.
HB1055 imposes new or increased license fees on those in the agriculture industry, pesticide companies, timber businesses, etc.; it also increases the fees for prestige license plates. Another highlight of the bill is that it will charge constituents $320 to lobby their legislators. Currently, it only costs $20 and that is just for the picture badge to freely access the Capitol. In this entire 70-page bill, there are only 7 pages that do not mention new fees (taxes), increased fees (taxes) or how to allocate those fees (taxes).
HB307 assesses a 1.45% fee (tax) against the hospital’s net patient revenue. In other words, the profit that a hospital makes will be levied an additional 1.45% tax every three months. Oops, provider payment every three months! The hospital is the provider and the payment is going to the Department of Community Health (yet another government agency). This bill takes yet more money from the private sector to prop up a public sector agency.
It is well known that any increase in a business’s costs will be transferred to the consumer in the form of higher prices. So, if you want to avoid the increased costs as a result of HB1055 & HB307, don’t eat and don’t get sick.
Both bills signify more regulation which means the government seeks to confiscate more money from businesses. It also means more impediments to conducting business in Georgia and fewer jobs for Georgia residents.
Reference & more information:
HB1055: Summary: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb1055.htm & Full text:http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/fulltext/hb1055.htm
HB1055: Voting record: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/votes/hv0755.htm
HB307: Summary: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb307.htm & Full text:http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/fulltext/hb307.htm
HB307: Voting record: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/votes/hv0760.htm