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Viewpoint: Taxing our groceries

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A year ago, state lawmakers promised a major overhaul of Georgia's tax system. They ended up not having the guts to tackle the controversial issue, so nothing happened.

It could come up again in the General Assembly session that's about to begin, and some leaders have suggested re-implementing a state sales tax on groceries.

We think that's a bad idea.

Food isn't a luxury item you can choose not to buy when money is tight. It's a necessity that's becoming more difficult for many Georgians to afford.

A regressive grocery tax would hurt those who can least afford it the most.

Georgia leaders do need to take a serious look at reforming the tax code to make it more equitable and to increase revenue.

 But they should not put an extra burden on struggling and hard-working Georgians.