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Letter to the Editor: How are we doing in Georgia?
Opinion

U.S. House Rep. Doug Collins (R- Gainesville) recently sent out an e-mail proclaiming how well Georgia is doing because of the tax cut he voted for.  He mentions that families earning over $60,000 a year are seeing a $1,232 cut in taxes.  The problem with his good news is that over 60 percent of Georgian families don’t make over $60,000 a year, so that cut doesn’t affect many middle income people. 

Then he mentions the cut for those with incomes between $25,000 and $50,000—a whopping $921 average cut, $75 a month.  The meager tax cuts that those Georgians receive will do nothing to help them afford health insurance, increased higher education costs, increased fuel costs and food costs that are climbing because of President Trump’s tariffs. 

Trump last week raved about our 4.1 percent GDP growth, but he didn’t mention that wages are stagnant and instead of giving raises to workers, corporations are buying back their stock so their stockholders make more money.  In addition, the Republican House of Representatives have proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food assistance, education, head start, funds for public libraries and Meals on Wheels, thereby taking benefits away from those who need it most.  The upper one percent of the population by the way gets millions of dollars in tax cuts.

To add salt to the wound, several weeks ago there was an article in the Atlanta Journal that said according to Washington D.C. based “WalletHub,” Georgia is the ninth best economy in the country.  But the ranking doesn’t tell the whole story.  The details show several areas where the news is not so good (where high numbers are bad, here are the areas where Georgia has high numbers):

16.1 percent of the population lives at the poverty level or below.  The national average is 12.7 percent.  That puts Georgia 44th in the nation.

Georgia ranks 47th for the number of uninsured in the country.

In education, we rank 40th for the number of adults who have a high school diploma.

We rank 39th in total income earned per person.

So the very people who got the least from the tax cuts and who will hurt the most from the Republican inspired budget cuts are the very ones that are suffering the most in Georgia.

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute have written a report detailing a program they call “People Powered Prosperity.”  All it would take is for our state legislators and Governor to institute a few new laws which help low and lower middle income people have the opportunity to succeed.  The problem is we need people in those capacities that care about helping all Georgians succeed.

How are we going to enact laws so all people in Georgia have the opportunity to work hard and provide for their families?  Elect Democrats in November.  We will get it done!

 

Bette Holland

Dawsonville