Sen. Albers Hosts Town Hall Meeting Series

by Gorilla on February 15, 2012

ATLANTA (February 14, 2012) – Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) will host a Town Hall Meeting Series throughout the months of March and April to offer constituents with a brief update on the General Assembly’s business at the State Capitol.

“I encourage the constituents of the 56th Senate District and surrounding areas to participate in one of my upcoming Town Hall Meetings,” said Sen. Albers. “One of the greatest privileges of being a state senator is the opportunity to meet face to face with the constituents who elected me. These informal meetings provide an excellent opportunity for constituents to become actively engaged in the legislative process and ensure I am driving legislation that truly reflects the will of the people.”

Sen. Albers will host Town Hall Meetings in the following locations:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

 

WHAT:       Sandy Springs Town Hall @ 10:30 a.m.

WHO:          Sen. John Albers, Rep. Joe Wilkinson and Rep. Wendell Willard

WHERE:    SandySpringCity Hall

7840 Roswell Road

Sandy Springs,GA30350

Sunday, March 11, 2012

WHAT:         Mountain Park, GA Town Hall @ 1:00 p.m.

WHO:           Sen. John Albers

WHERE:     MountainParkCommunityBuilding

                       100 Lakeshore Drive

Mountain Park,GA30075

 

WHAT:        Woodstock Town Hall @ 2:00 p.m.

WHO:           Sen. John Albers and Sen. Chip Rogers

WHERE:    Woodstock Library

7735 Main Street

Woodstock,GA30188

Saturday, March 24, 2012

 

WHAT:        Roswell Town Hall @ 10:30 a.m.

WHO:           Sen. John Albers and Rep. Jan Jones

WHERE:     Roswell United Methodist Church

                        814 Mimosa Blvd.

Roswell, GA30075

Sunday, April 15, 2012

WHAT:        Woodstock Town Hall @ 2:00 p.m.

WHO:           Sen. John Albers and Sen. Chip Rogers

WHERE:    Woodstock Library

7735 Main Street

Woodstock,GA30188

Saturday, April 21, 2012

 

WHAT:        Johns Creek Town Hall @ 10:30 a.m.

WHO:           Sen. John Albers, Rep.Lynn Riles and Rep. Mike Dudgeon

WHERE:     Johns Creek New Town Community Club

                       3115 Old Alabama Road

JohnsCreek,GA30024

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Rep Matt Ramsey Hurting Small Business in Georgia

by Gorilla on February 13, 2012

Representative Matt Ramsey, (R-Peachtree City), is drawing up legislation that will hurt more small businesses in Georgia than he is intending to help. According to an article in the AJC, Ramsey is going to sponsor the Georgia affiliate nexus tax law. This will allow the state to collect tax from out of state online merchants that use affiliate marketing.

This is what I do for a living. This is my fight.

Rep. Ramsey says he is trying to help brick and mortar shops in Fayette County that complain online sales are hurting their business because customers are “shopping” their stores and buying online. Welcome to the new economy! If you don’t adapt, you fail. Unless the government bails you out. It’s just hard for me to understand why Republicans like Rep. Ramsey and Gov. Nathan Deal would be duped by lobbyists and state revenue employees that this idea would work. It has failed miserably in every other state and I’ve watched my friends struggle as a result.

The main issue is that companies like Home Depot are crying foul because Amazon does not have a physical location in Georgia and does not have to pay sales tax for online transactions. They have come up with an unconstitutional scheme that says I (an affiliate) am a nexus between Amazon and the state of Georgia. So any sales that happen through my affiliates links are taxable by the state. I am not a nexus. I’m a small business owner that makes some extra spending cash promoting products on my website. I use that spending cash at local businesses in the metro Atlanta area. Read my story on the Marketing Gorilla Blog to get a better understanding of how this will affect me and my family.

Online merchants do not want to create ecommerce solutions that fit the needs of 50 different states. The best we can hope for is a federal tax on Internet sales, but even then it seems unfair to many online entrepreneurs.

There are 6,000 affiliates in Georgia. If/when this law passes, online merchants like Amazon will immediate terminate their relationship with affiliates to avoid the alleged nexus. Therefore, any net gain Rep. Ramsey or the governor expect in uncollected taxes will disappear. But, because the large merchants will stop working with affiliates, state income taxes will decrease and affiliates will suffer. I’m encouraging all affiliates to share their story so that the real casualties of this idea will be exposed.

Contact Rep. Ramsey, your House Rep and your State Senator and let them know this plan will not level the playing field, only federal legislation will come closer to addressing the issue.

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Restoring Hope to Georgia’s Highest Achieving Students

January 28, 2012

TweetBy: Sen. John Albers Since its inception, the HOPE scholarship has provided a low-cost education for Georgia’s best and brightest students. Governor Nathan Deal, legislative leaders and educational stakeholders are working tirelessly to pass legislation that will address the most appropriate and efficient way to restore funding to Georgia’s educational system. Maintaining the HOPE Scholarship […]

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Sen. Albers and Sen. Majority Leader Rogers to Host Town Hall Meeting in Alpharetta/Milton

January 27, 2012

TweetATLANTA (January 27, 2012) – Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) and Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R- Woodstock) will host a Town Hall meeting in Alpharetta on Saturday, January 28, to discuss legislative updates and priorities. Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session. All residents are invited to attend. […]

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Sen. Steve Gooch Co-Sponsored Legislation Promoting Responsible Welfare

November 21, 2011

TweetSen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) co-sponsored Senate Bill 292, legislation which would require mandatory drug testing for social service recipients. Senate bill 292, known as the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, would require recipients of Medicaid and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare programs to undergo drug tests similar to the routine drug-screening measures […]

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Sen. Albers Pre-Filed Legislation Promoting Responsible Welfare

November 15, 2011

TweetATLANTA (November 15, 2011) – Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) today pre-filed Senate Bill 292, legislation which would require mandatory drug testing to determine welfare eligibility. Senate Bill 292, known as the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, would require recipients of Medicaid and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare programs to undergo drug tests […]

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Bruce Hoffman Wins Dahlonega City Council Post 4

November 9, 2011

TweetIn a very close election, Bruce Hoffman won the Dahlonega City Council Post 4 Seat held by incumbent Michael Clemons. Hoffman was the only candidate to oust an incumbent in the council elections. Sam Norton and Terry Peters held onto their seats. Hoffman (my dad) plans to stay very visible and active in the community […]

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Sen. John Albers attends Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute

October 18, 2011

TweetSen. John Albers (R-Roswell) graduated alongside twenty other freshman state representatives and senators from the fourth Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute (GLLI) on September 25. GLLI, an offshoot of the Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, is a phased leadership development program that helps newer legislators develop skills in leadership, decision making, and policy analysis to better […]

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Who’s Running for Roswell City Council?

October 12, 2011

TweetElections are less than a month away and I have no idea who is running for Roswell City Council. I live here and should be supporting someone! Any candidates that would like to say hello are more than welcome to numberswiki.com tell me why I should vote for you. In fact, I’m not quite sure […]

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Sen. Albers Named Legislator of the Year

October 10, 2011

TweetThe Georgia State Firefighters Association (GSFA) and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC) are proud to name State Senator John Albers as their Legislator of the Year for 2011. Senator Albers, a fourth generation volunteer firefighter himself, was selected for his tireless work on behalf of the Georgia fire service this past session of […]

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