The State Resolution Initiative is an effort spanning all 50 state’s legislatures. We will endeavor to pass state resolutions that convey to Washington D.C. each state’s willingness to repeal the 16th Amendment. We will monitor the efforts of the states here to show not only how easily a grassroots organization can coalesce nationally, but to also hold state legislators accountable when the time for repeal finally does come. Below is the resolution passed in Georgia. To those willing to take up the fight in your state please model your resolution after the one given to create as universal a movement as possible. Georgia has led the charge, let us join them by taking up the banner.
Urging Congress to enact the FairTax and expressing the State of Georgia’s commitment to ratify the repeal of the 16th Amendment and to conform the existing state tax code accordingly; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, the FairTax was introduced in the United States House of Representatives and Senate and is the most widely supported fundamental tax reform proposal in Congress; and
WHEREAS, the FairTax replaces all federal corporate and personal taxes with a single, progressive 23 percent consumption tax on new goods and services and allows Georgians to keep 100 percent of every paycheck, as well as repeals the 16th Amendment; and
WHEREAS, it is designed to be revenue neutral and will not reduce federal revenue, only make its collection simple, fair, and transparent; and
WHEREAS, the FairTax would eliminate all hidden and embedded costs in the retail prices of goods and services and would save Americans hundreds of billions of dollars in annual compliance costs; and
WHEREAS, Social Security and Medicare are currently underfunded by the existing payroll tax system, and by replacing this unsustainable structure with two dedicated and stable FairTax revenue streams, the programs would be fiscally sound for generations to come; and
WHEREAS, the FairTax would provide every American household with a monthly prebate equal to the consumption tax spent on purchases up to the federal poverty level so that Georgians can purchase the basic necessities of life tax-free; and
WHEREAS, the FairTax would instantly make businesses more competitive, allow trillions of dollars in private investment to grow the economy, and create thousands of jobs during a time of severe economic hardship for millions of Americans.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body join in urging Congress to adopt the FairTax and repeal the 16th Amendment, committing to promptly ratifying the repeal of the 16th Amendment, and conforming Georgia’s current tax code accordingly.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the Georgia congressional delegation.