The Georgia General Assembly’s chief fiscal economist warned last year that Georgia might face a recession in 2020. Boy was he right, but for the wrong reasons. No one could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic or its effects in September of 2019. Nevertheless, as a result of it, experts believe that Georgia could face a $4 billion shortfall over the next 15 months.
This means that legislators will have to get creative to balance the budget, and some are already whispering the dreaded three letter word: T-A-X. While it’s impossible to know what the potential tax proposals might look like, if other states are any indicator, e-cigarettes may be a target. However, this would be a mistake that would adversely impact public health.
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