Gov. Nathan Deal’s legacy is now set.
In just 45 days we’ll all begin paying higher taxes on gas and hotels — thanks to Gov. Deal’s largest tax hike in Georgia history.
Gov. Deal will be known as the Republican who finally admitted defeat on fiscally conservative policies.
With his actions, he proved that conservative rhetoric simply doesn’t work.
The bad part is that tax-and-spend Deal just charged us $1 billion a year for more asphalt — stretching to fund just the bare minimum of what the state needs to keep up with growth.
Even worse, Gov. Deal’s tax hike hits working Georgians hardest. Gov. Deal’s tax plan is designed to tax those who make the least the most.
And perhaps worst of all, Gov. Deal’s tax hikes are likely to rise for generations. His motor fuel excise tax is tied to inflation and increased fuel efficiency. That means Gov. Deal’s tax may increase at a rate of 6 percent in just the first two years.
When conservatives like Nathan Deal raise taxes, they make sure it hurts as much as possible.
There’s a lesson here if we’re willing to learn it.