Georgia Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson's Georgia Repeal of Every Ad Valorem Tax (GREAT) Plan would eliminate the state's property tax and replace the lost revenues by expanding the state's sales tax base. The plan is receiving lots of attention that Rep. Richardson probably doesn't like. For starters, media around the state are asking hard questions including this one from the Athens-Banner Herald, "How long is he willing to hold on to an idea that is already all but doomed to fail?" According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Governor Sonny Perdue also has doubts about the GREAT Plan becoming law.
The Speaker has been traveling around the state discussing his plan and advocates for tax fairness and adequacy aren't letting his tour go unanswered. The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute along with AARP Georgia, the Georgia Association of Educators, The Georgia Municipal Association, the Georgia School Boards Association, and the Georgia Coalition United for a Responsible Budget are also touring the state and visiting nine cities to educate the public about the state's tax and budget situation.