Georgia is one of eight states projected to gain congressional seats after the 2010 census numbers are tallied. Recently, Barbara Hollingsworth of the Washington Examiner wrote an editorial analyzing the tax policies of those eight states compared to the states which are projected to lose representation and guess what? Barbara discovered that people are fleeing states with high taxes and high spending. Surprise, surprise!
The article points out, “The state and local tax burden is nearly a third lower in states with growing populations… As a result, per capita government spending is also lower: $4,008 for states gaining congressional seats, $5,117 for states losing them.” In addition to tax policies Barbara Hollingsworth also points out that many of the states also have right to work laws that entice businesses to relocate from less friendly states. The article isn’t very long and you can read it here: bit.ly/9C6cRd
So we see that relatively low taxes and government spending have a direct correlation to Georgia’s tremendous growth over the past few decades. The majority of voters in Georgia understand this instinctively but I’m not sure the state’s current power structure quite gets it.