David Pennington doesn’t just talk the talk – he walks the walk.
As Mayor, David Pennington cut taxes, wasteful spending and reformed his city budget. While the region around Dalton continues to struggle, Dalton is doing well with lower unemployment and growth.
That’s what happens when you put a businessman in the Chief Executive’s chair instead of a Washington-trained politician.
As Mayor, he cut property taxes by a whopping 28%. At the same time David improved services and the emergency fund surplus by 50%. He cut bureaucracy and unnecessary spending.
Many said it could not be done in Dalton, where wasteful spending is not a prevelent as at the state level. But he did it. He got it done. He will not let the naysayers stand in the way as he cuts spending and taxes in Georgia.
As our candidate for Governor David Pennington has called for major tax reform in Georgia. Not tinkering around the edges reform, but real tax cuts to benefit Georgia seniors, families and job creating small businesses.
As our Governor, Pennington will work for the complete elimination of the state income tax like Florida, Tennessee and Texas.
He has made fiscal responsibility the hallmark of his campaign:
Times Free Press Newspaper, July 2013
Anti-tax Mayor David Pennington of Dalton, Ga., to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal
FROM THE ARTICLE: As mayor of Dalton, Ga., David Pennington made his mark as a proponent of lower taxes. Pennington hit the road and traveled around Georgia to campaign against the T-SPLOST, a July 2012 ballot initiative to fund transportation that failed in nine of 12 districts in the state.
Now, Pennington is going to take his anti-tax message statewide, when he champions an end to Georgia’s income tax as part of a campaign to unseat Nathan Deal in the Republican primary for the 2014 governor’s race.
”The state income tax is the most onerous tax for small business, because we have to pay it on our personal income tax returns,” Pennington told the Dalton Daily Citizen. “Small businesses produce 65 percent of the net new jobs in America and right now we aren’t producing enough new jobs in Georgia to even handle the population growth.”
The Marietta Daily Journal Newspaper, September 2013
Governor-hopeful Pennington calls for tax reform, cut
FROM THE ARTICLE:
“We need comprehensive tax reform led by an income tax cut,” Pennington told the group of about 60 gathered at the Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q restaurant last week. “We were the second least competitive state in the Southeast until a month ago when North Carolina passed their tax reform. They’ve officially made us the most uncompetitive state in the Southeast. And how’s that working out for Georgia?” Pennington asked, saying Georgia has lost 14 percent of its jobs paying more than $50,000 a year and added 15 percent to its Medicaid rolls during the recovery.
“Our unemployment rate in the last three months has gone from 8.3 percent to 8.8 percent while Alabama’s went from 6.7 down to 6.4, so I would say the tax strategy we have right now doesn’t seem to be working real well,” he said.
Pennington, who describes himself as a principled conservative, accused Deal of increasing the power of the governor’s office and increasing spending by $2.5 billion in three years.
The state government continues to expand much faster than the economy does, Pennington said, citing the Georgia Title Ad Valorem Tax, legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2012 that created a new system for taxing motor vehicles.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MAYOR DAVID PENNINGTON’S PLANS BY VIEWING HIS FULL ANNOUNCEMENT SPEECH HERE: