[[[Sadly, many of the proposed taxes target the pocketbooks of Georgia’s poorest families – many of whom are already struggling with the burden of unemployment. The potential cigarette tax, for example, would add a one dollar levy on every pack – a burden that would disproportionately affect lower-income individuals who have a higher portion of smokers than other demographic groups. For example, more than one-third (34 percent) of those earning less than $12,000 a year are smokers, according to a 2009 Gallup poll. Furthermore, this targeted population also faces anof 30.8 percent, according to data from February 2010.
As such, it is the poor and the unemployed being forced to surrender additional funding to the state government in order for the state government to keep on spending. This shell game seems counter-productive, and experts argue it is. Increasing taxes on the poor – or anyone else for that matter – during a recession is a tried and failed strategy that stifles growth and will perpetuate Georgia’s already high rates of unemployment]]]