October 17, 2010/Paulding County, GA– As Georgia’s November elections approach, the ballot will also propose amendments to be added to Georgia’s Constitution.
Georgia’s Americans for Prosperity, headed by Paulding County’s Virginia Galloway, have released their thoughts on these amendments.
Voter Information for Nov. 2 – Judges & Ballot Questions
“A number of people have expressed frustration over the nonpartisan, nearly invisible judicial races in GA. Where to find information before voting? AFPGA does not support or oppose candidates, but here’s a link to some info from GA Bar Association on those GA Judicial races.
There are several questions on the ballot also. The following recommendations are in line with our competitive free market, lower tax, and small government AFP philosophy.”
Constitutional Amendment Question 1 – AFP recommends – No
“While touted as a bill to keep GA competitive, this does just the opposite. This gives broad authority for companies to enforce “no compete” agreements, signed by their ex-employees, thus making it near impossible for them to find work after leaving that company and costing them a boatload to defend themselves in court. This puts all the power in the hands of big business and their big lawyers.”
Constitutional Amendment Question 2 – we recommend – No
“Although no one wants to see GA without trauma care throughout the state, several things give me pause in this bill: taxing one narrow group of trauma care users (drivers) to fund the entire system, giving taxpayer money to private hospitals, giving the state government funds based on their promise to use it in a certain way – as if the recent GA 400 toll flap doesn’t give us enough reason to doubt tax promises made and broken.”
Constitutional Amendment Questions 3 & 4 – we recommend – Yes
“Multiyear agreements to fund multiyear DOT and government conservation projects make sense to the GAAFP.”
Constitutional Amendment Question 5 – we recommend – Yes
“This gives property owners the right to opt out of industrial areas – affects only 2 GA counties – Chatham and Jeff Davis.”
On Referendum A – we recommend – Yes
“This gets rid of the antiquated business inventory tax, which taxes unsold products. This is the sole survivor of the multi-provision GA JOBS Act, passed twice by the Legislature, then vetoed by the Governor,” said Georgia Americans for Prosperity.