Do you have that much cash on hand?
Probably not. Most of us don’t.
But, according to a transcript of their most recent call with investors, Gov. Deal’s buddies at Copart, Inc. do.
Copart, Inc. ended their quarter with $679 million in cash.
One investor asked “how that cash would be likely to be deployed.”
We have an answer: Pay your $74 million tax debt to Georgia.
Everyone knows that it’s a good thing when American companies are strong and profitable — it’s part of the American Dream. But when companies like Copart play by different rules and leave Georgia families with the bill — that’s not okay.
As Georgia families prepare to shoulder the largest middle class tax increase in the history of our state, Gov. Deal should make sure the company that made him a millionaire pays what they owe Georgia.
For more than a year, news outlets like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV and 11 Alive pursued this story.
As Gov. Deal refuses to do anything to make Copart, Inc. pay what they owe, it’s time to ask Georgia media to again demand answers.
Call them today and tell them that the public deserves to know when — or if — Gov. Deal’s tenant, Copart, Inc. will pay their taxes. Here’s their contact information:
AJC: 404-526-7003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WSB: 404-897-7000 or email@example.com
11 Alive: 404-892-1611 or send in a news tip
Ask them to continue to investigate and report on this unresolved scandal.
Last week, the AJC reported that Copart, Inc., the company that saved Gov. Deal from bankruptcy and made him a millionaire by buying his failing junk yard is STILL refusing to pay Georgia the $74 million in taxes that they’ve owed for nearly four years.
And, guess what? Every single month, Georgia’s largest corporate tax debtor, Copart, Inc., writes Gov. Deal a $10,000 check – because he’s their landlord!
What do you think the State of Georgia would do if you’d refused to pay your taxes for FOUR YEARS and had that much money sitting in your bank account?
If you’re paying the governor, the answer appears to be “nothing.”
There’s no question that Gov. Deal is powerful.
Last month, he had no problem lifting his pen to sign legislation to raise the tax on gasoline and hotel rooms – more than a billion dollars in new taxes for Georgia families.
But he refuses to lift a finger to make Copart, Inc. pay what they owe.
Gov. Deal is getting rich. Copart, Inc. is getting rich.
The rest of us? We’ll be paying more every time we fill up our gas tanks.
That’s just not right.
By calling the media, you can send a message that Georgians have not forgotten about the deepest, longest-running scandal of Deal’s administration.
Call the AJC today at 404-526-7003, WSB at 404-897-7000 and 11 Alive: 404-892-1611.
Thank them for working to expose this scandal and ask them to demand answers now.
Copart, Inc. should use some of their $679 million in cash to pay Georgia what they owe.
And Gov. Deal should see to it that they do.
Your calls really do matter, and we’re keeping track of the responses you get. After you call the media, email us and let us know how it went.