It was seen as a long shot given the state’s slow recovery from the recession, but many lawmakers saw it as an election-year boon. Democrats warned that it could tie the state’s hands and limit options in case of a financial catastrophe. Even Shafer has said it was partly introduced to “begin a conversation” with little chance of passing.
“Consider the conversation started and ready to go to the next level. The people of Georgia now get to decide,” Lindsey said in an interview. “My hope is that this is the first step to more bills in the future that will gradually reduce the income tax and replace it with a fair tax.”