Political Notes — Trump tax plan could mean tax hike for 20% of Georgians

[private]Several analyses of Donald Trump’s proposed tax revision plan have indicated that it would mean healthy tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while also producing tax increases for some middle- and upper-middle-income families.

A new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) calculates the percentage of taxpayers who would experience a tax increase if the Trump plan became law: 16.7 percent nationally.

When you break out the percentages by states, ITEP says Georgia would be among the top 10 states with the highest percentage of taxpayers seeing a tax hike: 20.5 percent. Maryland would have the most with 30.5 percent of its taxpayers getting their taxes increased.

“No matter how the GOP messages this plan, it is nothing more than an upward redistribution of wealth,” said Alan Essig, the executive director of ITEP and the former head of the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute.

“The plan boosts the incomes of the wealthy with surgical precision, but gives a pittance to most working people,” Essig contended. “And it would tax some in the middle and upper-middle class more, essentially creating an even greater economic divide between the rich and everyone else.”

House passes 20-week abortion restriction

The U.S. House voted 237-189 Tuesday to pass legislation that would ban most abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy (Georgia passed a similar law in 2012). The vote is expected to be largely symbolic, however, because the bill would need Democratic votes in the Senate to get past a filibuster.

Georgia’s four Democrats in the House voted against the measure while nine of the 10 Republicans voted to pass it. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) posted a statement on his website supporting the bill, but he did not vote on it.

“Of all the things Republican leaders should be focusing on, including tragedies in Las Vegas and Puerto Rico, they have instead decided to make attacking women’s rights their top priority,” said Laura Simmons of NARAL Georgia.

“Women and families in these difficult situations deserve safe and comprehensive care, not one-size-fits-all judgments from anti-choice politicians,” Simmons said.

“Every liberty that my colleagues and I fight for is predicated on our right to life, and this bill ensures that unborn, pain-capable individuals enjoy this most basic of our American freedoms,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville).

What do you want in a ‘Chief Turnaround Officer’

The State Board of Education has finalized the list of “core competencies” it is looking for in hiring a “Chief Turnaround Officer” to work with low-performing schools (more than 60 people have applied for the job). They include:

  • Technical leadership.
  • Human leadership.
  • Educational leadership.
  • Cultural leadership.
  • Symbolic leadership.

Regina Quick appointed

As had long been expected, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Tuesday appointing former Athens legislator Regina Quick to a Superior Court judgeship. She will replace retired judge David Sweat.

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