Lee Anderson, who has a long history of voting for tax and fee increases on Georgia's families and veterans, signed the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) pledge not to increase taxes. According to ATR, the pledge simply states that candidates will "solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases." The pledge is made to the voters or constituents and not to the ATR.
Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) has released a new ad against Lee Anderson exposing his record of consistently violating this pledge by voting to increase taxes on 12th District families.
In a clear violation of the ATR pledge, Lee Anderson voted for and defended the largest tax increase in Georgia's history. More troubling is Lee Anderson's support of the controversial "9-9-9" plan, which doesn't get rid of the federal income tax but would create a new federal sales tax on top of state and local sales taxes. The result would be lower overall taxes for the top 15% of taxpayers and higher overall taxes for everyone else.
"Lee Anderson's record of tax increases is just as bad as his plans to cut Medicare," said Congressman Barrow. "For years, Lee Anderson has supported increasing taxes and fees on Georgia's families, and now he wants to take that show on the road to Washington. Hospital beds, the Internet, even veterans in nursing homes - you name it, Lee will tax it. Grover Norquist should tear up Anderson's pledge, because it's not worth the paper it's written on."
Part of Lee Anderson's defense of TSPLOST has been that he voted to let the people decide the fate of the proposed sales tax. But there wasn't much of a choice: Those who didn't vote for it were going to get a cut in state funding for local projects.
Moreover, Lee Anderson didn't give our nation's heroes in the 12th District an opportunity to vote on the new veteran's tax. Lee Anderson voted to impose a fee on Georgia's veterans living in assisted living communities. The new fee would amount to a tax increase of $8,184 per veteran.
The ad will begin running today.