This week, President Biden announced his budget for Fiscal Year 2023, which would advance safety and security at home and around the world, impose a new Billionaire Minimum Income Tax on the wealthiest Americans, reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next decade, and make the investments needed to build a better America. This budget includes increased funding for police, community violence intervention, and gun violence prevention efforts in Georgia and across the country to keep our communities safe.
Meanwhile, Georgia Republicans unanimously voted against President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which funded bonuses for Georgia’s first responders and law enforcement officials. Now, Georgia Republicans have begun to come out against increased funding for public safety yet again. Instead of investing in making Georgia communities safer, Republicans have embraced Senator Rick Scott’s GOP agenda to raise taxes on over 40% of Georgians and sunset Social Security and Medicare in five years.
“While President Biden’s budget prioritizes safety and security at home and abroad, Georgia Republicans’ shameful history of opposing increased funding for law enforcement shows that they would rather be a rubber stamp for the GOP’s agenda of tax hikes and raised premiums than support Georgia’s first responders,” Scott Hogan, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said.