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<p>Today the Georgia legislature rejected a proposal by Governor Sonny Purdue to increase the state's tobacco tax. On behalf of the 6,000 Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) members in Georgia, CSE Co-chairman and former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey commended the lawmakers who voted against the proposal and stood firm against the attempt to raise taxes on Georgians.
Armey made the following statement:
"On behalf of the 6000 CSE members in Georgia, I would like to commend those lawmakers who stood firm against this attempt to raise taxes on hard working Georgia families.
"I know Georgia is facing the same budget crisis that every other state is facing, but raising taxes is not the solution. Especially when that tax increase is aimed directly at one particular segment of society. It's unfair to punish one segment of society to pay for the tremendous growth of government -- which is the real reason for the budget shortfall.
"States don't need to raise more revenues through tax increases; they need stop wasting what they have.
"Because of legislative procedures, the tobacco tax increase will have to be voted on again soon. I urge lawmakers to continue to stand their ground against what they know to be bad policy for Georgians.
Citizens for a Sound Economy is a non-partisan grassroots group dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. It was founded in 1984 and now has 280,000 nationwide.