Opponents of a 1 percent sales tax to overhaul the region’s roads and rail are saying the plan will make it harder for metro Atlantans to buy the things they need the most.
It’s downright unfair, said state Sen. Vincent Fort, a Democrat who represents a district that stretches from East Point through parts of Atlanta. The proposal goes before voters on Tuesday.
“We shouldn’t be putting a sales tax on people’s food and medicine,” Fort said in a television news story that aired on CBS Atlanta (WGCL-TV) on July 21.
Your PolitiFact Georgia reporters have vetted nearly two dozen claims about the upcoming penny-per-dollar tax, which would raise an estimated $8.5 billion (after inflation) for transportation projects over the next 10 years.
But we hadn’t heard Fort’s claim. Will the transportation tax really increase taxes on food and medicine?
“It’s not in dispute,” Fort told PolitiFact