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Will there be a tax on your food?

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Your groceries could soon cost more.  The Special Council on tax reform and fairness also recommends lowering the personal income tax.   State representative Winfred Dukes of Albany says an overhaul of the tax code is necessary.  He wants it to be more equitable.

For example, he says the people who use the roads, should pay for them and that's why he's not against raising the tax you pay on gasoline.  The bottom line is the need for more money.

Dukes said, "We don't really have a spending problem in Georgia.  What we have is a revenue problem.  We're not bringing in enough money in this state to meet the basic needs that have been developed by the state by our citizenry.  Georgia is now the least taxed state per capita."

The tax reform panel also thinks the state should boost its tax on cigarettes from 37 to 68 cents a pack. The council will recommend the changes be phased in over time.  Lawmakers will decide whether to make the changes.

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