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Karen Handel on Tax Reform

 

 


2003: Closed county budget deficit without tax increase

Suddenly I was chairman of the county commission--the first woman chairman--for a county with nearly one million people. Fulton County was a disaster. A $100 million budget deficit. A proposed massive property tax increase to fill the gap.

I had pledged to be a leader who could get things done--no tax increases; strong ethics. First up: a new budget. Finally, after some losses, some compromises, and an effective parliamentary strategy, the budget passed. The deficit was closed. The budget was balanced. There was NO tax increase that year.

I would have to beat back tax increases each year. And somehow, with the help of a great team and the support of Fulton County citizens, we balanced the county budget without tax increases each and every year under my tenure as chairman.

Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 27-28 , Sep 11, 2012

Support FairTax; eliminate personal income tax

Karen is a strong supporter of the FairTax. Eliminating the federal personal and corporate income tax, capital gains, payroll, gift and estate taxes, and replacing them with a revenue-neutral personal consumption tax would create a much fairer tax structure for families and businesses. It will also encourage savings.

Karen will push Congress to enact the FairTax and also encourage the repeal of the 16th Amendment, which would take away the federal government's authority to levy income taxes. This would return the powers to tax to the American people.

Karen will work with the state, county, and city officials to re-evaluate our entire tax structure. Her fundamental belief is that all tax rates should be lower, so Georgia's families and businesses can keep as much of their hard-earned money as possible, a basic principal of fairness

Government can and should get by with less. Many of our tax laws were written over 50 years ago and need to be reviewed.

Source: 2013 Senate campaign website, karenhandel.com, "Issues" , Aug 1, 2010

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