Authored by D.A. King, the below essay originally ran on the subscription
website, Insider Advantage Georgia and is reposted here with permission
$100 million annual revenue source should not be
Written by D.A. King
Georgia voters should be asking why all concerned under the Gold Dome are
apparently ignoring a proven successful process that would create a new
revenue stream estimated to add about $100 million to the Georgia coffers
With current budget woes producing headlines like “Hundreds of jobs, programs,
would be slashed from Georgia budget” and reports that Gov. Kemp wants to cut
$300 million from the budget this year, $100 million in new annual revenue
seems like real money.
The new revenue stream would come without costing Georgia tax-filers a penny.
This writer originally reported here on legislation from Rep Jeff Jones (R –
Brunswick) in late 2016 that would mimic a working system in Oklahoma that has
added to that state’s budget since 2010.
“Rep. Jones has found a way to tap into the enormous amount of money that is
sent out of Georgia every year without going anywhere near the Georgia
economy – and the best news is that the majority of that money comes from drug
dealers and illegal aliens!
What is it? A small, 100% refundable fee on funds wired out of Georgia, that
taxpayers could easily recoup on their state tax returns. In simple terms, it goes
like this: Let’s say you wire $1000.00 to Aunt Martha in South Carolina to help
with her upcoming surgery. When you send the helpful payment out, the wire
service would add on a small extra fee (around 2%) – which you would get back
when you file your tax return or a simple, short form explaining that you are not
required to file a return because of low income. The wire transfer agency would
be compensated for the collection effort.
The same fee would be added to the money that illegal drug dealers send out of
Georgia. The government of Mexico alone received about $25 billion American
dollars last year, mostly from its citizens living here in the good old USA. That is
more money than Mexico made on oil revenues.
Georgia has more illegal aliens than Arizona. (and many more than Oklahoma)
We don’t have figures on how many American dollars are sent out of Georgia by
drug dealers, but Atlanta is a known terminus for that insidious organized crime.
The income for the state in this genius plan comes from the fact that the huge
majority of illegal aliens and drug dealers do not file a tax return. Get it?” is what
we wrote more three years ago.
Repeat note to media skeptics: Everyone who files a state tax return or special
short form can get their fee back.
While Rep Jones has worked hard to accommodate stakeholders since 2016 and
polished and tweaked his revenue bill, the basics have not changed. According
to the anti-immigration enforcement Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgia
is home to more illegal aliens than green card holders and the illicit drug
business is booming in the Peach State.
The original estimates of the revenue dollar amount have doubled since the bill
was written due to changes in the language.
One feature that has not changed is the wire transfer withholding would apply to
everyone who wired money out of Georgia, regardless of its final destination.
To illustrate the constant growth in revenue this idea has produced in Oklahoma
since it became law, we posted collections by year since it began here from the
Oklahoma Tax Commssion.
We detect media resistance
David North at the Center for Immigration Studies also wrote about Jones’ bill in
2016 and that write-up was sent to the AJC’s Jim Galloway that year. The
resulting excitedly inaccurate AJC coverage ran with the headline “First Trump-
era bill could slap a tax on cash sent to foreign homes.”
The AJC reported that the fully refundable wire transfer fee was a “tax” and that it
would only apply to foreigners sending money to their home countries. And they
didn’t seem to like the idea that it would affect illegal aliens.
We hope the governor and concerned, responsible House members will take a
hard look at Jones’ $100 million a year revenue bill for themselves – maybe even
give it a hearing. And maybe sign on as cosponsors. It’s HB532.
You read it here first. Again.
D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society @DAKDIS
Written by D.A. King
**note this article ran in Insider Advantage.
In last year’s legislative session Republican state Senator Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) introduced legislation that gutted the process intended to ensure that the Georgia Department of Transportation hires contractors that are using a legal workforce. In the haste and bedlam of 2018’s Sine Die, Senate Bill 445 sailed through both the House and Senate.
It is notable that SB 445 went through the Senate Transportation Committee, as Senators Brandon Beach, Butch Miller, Frank Ginn and Mike Dugan were bill signers, in that order. All are transportation committee members — with Beach as chairman.
Now that the cat is out of the bag on this caper- and we have a new governor — one “important issue” for the 2019 session should be to see if lawmakers will reinstate the bidding system for GDOT that all other public employers and their contractors are still supposed to follow.
We recognize many readers will view this as a dry topic – the only folks who may have a concern are those who don’t want their taxes used to pay illegal aliens on GDOT projects.
After mandates were put into place in the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act of 2006 (SB 529) to require all public employers and contractors to use E-Verify, adjustments were made in HB2 of 2009 to deal with the obvious problem that some public contractors were bidding on – and winning – contracts with bids that were based on the cost of black market labor before they swore on an affidavit that they were using E-Verify. This allowed contractors to hire a crew for a job that could not be verified as eligible to work using the E-Verify system, which can only be used for newly hired employees after receiving authorization from the feds to use the online system.
The 2009 solution to this chicanery was to change the law so that bids are not considered unless and until the E-Verify affidavit is presented.
In his quick presentation of the measure, Sen. Gooch told the committee the changes to the GDOT bid rules were being proposed to make life easier for contractors.
“Section 3… makes clear that the deadline for a bidder to supply their signed notarized e-verify affidavit is prior to contract award as opposed to the bid submission. This has caused a problem with some of the contractors that submitted their e-verify affidavits but they didn’t reach to the department either by mail or by other means of delivery in time for the bid, um, deadlines and therefore they were disqualified from bidding on the work. Now essentially requires ’em to submit those E-Verifies prior to the contracts being awarded” said Gooch (emphasis mine).
It is hard to accept that this is a constructive or plausible reason to make changes to the GDOT bidding system, as the existing law is clear that bids and E-Verify affidavits may be submitted electronically. If a contract bidder is indeed an E-Verify user, he can easily send that documentation along with his bid from his computer.
This writer asked GDOT for comment on this curious scenario. One of the questions asked for verification that SB 445 was in fact a GDOT bill, as Chairman Beach told the committee. That question went unanswered.
This is not the first adventure in state law on E-Verify, bids, and contractors for GDOT.
CBS Atlanta 46 TV News did a series of stories on GDOT’s violations of the bidding/E-Verify law in 2010 that illustrated the lack of concern for the hard-fought mandate designed to make Georgia unwelcoming to illegal employers and illegal labor – and to safeguard taxpayer dollars. We have archived some of those reports:
* “Activist: GDOT Is Breaking State’s Immigration Law – Violation May Make It Easier For Contractors To Hire Illegal Immigrants. Here.
* “CBS Atlanta Asks If GDOT Contractor Is Hiring Illegal Workers.” CBS Atlanta 46 news video here.
* “GDOT Didn’t Know About The Illegal Immigrant Labor Law.” Here.
* “Federal Document Shows GDOT Contractor Lied On Affidavit
Company Swore To Check Employee’s Legal Status in Federal Database.” Here.
* “GDOT: Worker May Have Been Illegal. The Georgia Department of Transportation said Wednesday that one of its subcontractors may have been in the country illegally. The admission came after a CBS Atlanta investigation…” (No link)
* “GDOT Admits Mistake For Breaking Immigration Law: GDOT Commissioner Dodges Tough Questions About Hiring Illegal Worker.” Here.
IAG will follow up on this later in the legislative session, there is more.
You read it here first.
D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society and proprietor of ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com. He has worked on the law featured above since 2006.
Written By: D.A. King
This seems far, far away from “voter suppression.” The drivers license Georgia issues to
non-citizens – including illegal aliens who have already been ordered deported – is
acceptable and “proper identification” when casting a ballot.
This, according to multiple staffers at the main office of the Cobb Board of Elections and
Registration office in Marietta when asked multiple times by this early voter last week. To
get an answer, I had to explain what a limited term license is.
For those who are not well versed in the topic, the drivers license DDS issues to foreigners
is labeled “LIMITED TERM” across the top, which is the only difference between it and a U.S.
citizen’s drivers license.
The acceptance appears to be in compliance with Georgia law (OCGA 21-2-417) which
merely says “proper identification shall consist of any one of the following: A Georgia
driver’s license which was properly issued by the appropriate state agency;…”
This brings to mind the several attempts in the last few years under the Gold Dome to
clarify the limitations of the limited term driver license, which, generally, is supposed to be
valid for the period of an alien’s visa.
In the 2017 General Assembly, House Rep Alan Powell introduced a bill to add “INELIGIBLE
VOTER” – which was a compromise to his original language, which would have added the
term “NON CITIZEN” to the non-citizens drivers license. Powell came under attack from the
anti-borders lobby and their media allies and his attempt at driver’s license/voter ID
reform died in the Republican-controlled House.
More than 20,000 aliens who have received a deferral in deportation proceedings or who
have already been ordered deported also hold the same limited term license according to
information from DDS early this year.
In 2016, the state Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senator Josh McKoon that would have
marked the limited term driver’s license held by this group with “NO LAWFUL STATUS.”
McKoon rightly contended his bill would help prevent voter fraud and terrorism. The
driving and ID credentials are also accepted as ID to enter federal buildings and to board
airliners in America’s airports.
Including the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), corporate -funded
opponents argued such reform would “stigmatize” people and represented a ‘Scarlett
Letter’ for “immigrants.” The legislation died in the House.
For this writer, the lunacy that a drivers license designed and intended for foreign nationals
is accepted as valid ID to vote in Georgia is surpassed by the fact that literally no official I
have ever spoken to at my Cobb polling place over the years – supervisors included – had
ever even heard of a “limited term” drivers license.
For a memorable first-hand education, readers may want to ask about this when they vote.
Readers who care about vote security may want to ask their state reps and state senators
about this one.
D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society
Editor’s note: A version of this essay recently ran on the subscription website, Insider
Submitted By: D.A. King
While the political world is focused on the lunacy in Washington DC, conservative, pro-English voters in Georgia’s 14th congressional district may have an interest in Republican Congressman Tom Graves’ very curious and un-conservative anti-English stance.
HR 997 – the English Unity Act – was introduced last year in the U.S. House by conservative Steve King. The legislation establishes English as the official language of the United States. The bill is often falsely described as “English only” when in fact it is “English as official” – not “only.” Comprende?
Readers can learn more about the official English movement bt visiting the non-profit website, Pro-English.org
Also in the legislation:
*Naturalization ceremonies and official functions of the U.S. government, subject to exceptions, must be conducted in English.
*The bill declares that all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of U.S. laws.
*A person injured by a violation of this bill may obtain relief, including a declaratory judgment, in a civil action.
*English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, shall be presumptively consistent with U.S. laws. Any ambiguity in U.S. laws shall be resolved in accordance with the rights retained by the people and the powers reserved to states under the Bill of Rights.
*The Department of Homeland Security shall issue a proposed rule for uniform testing of the English language ability of candidates for naturalization based upon the principles that: (1) all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the United States; and (2) any exceptions to this standard should be limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as asylum.
The little known fact is that the United States has no official language, despite huge public support for official English. It is worth noting that the U.S. and Georgia Chambers of Commerce are stridently opposed to this nationally unifying concept.
Maybe that is why Graves has repeatedly refused to help with passage of this commonsense and voter-popular bill by co-sponsoring and is on record as telling political pundit Phil Kent that “this is not one of my top priorities right now.”
It wasn’t a priority last year or the year before either.
As readers no doubt are aware, all congressmen enjoy feedback and contact from constituents. Maybe readers can move support for official English up Congressman Tom Graves priority list with a respectful but firm phone call to his Washington DC office. The phone number there is 202) 225-5211.
It could very well be that Mr. Graves doesn’t think you know anything about this issue.
D.A. King of Marietta is president of the pro-English Dustin Inman Society. www.TheDustinInmanSociety.org