The political fallout from a heated race can be beneficial to the average guy. The candidates for Georgia governor, incumbent Democrat Roy Barnes and Republican challenger Sonny Perdue, have committed to continuing the sales tax holidays we've enjoyed this year, if elected in November.

Georgia residents were able to take advantage of two sales-tax holidays this year, in the spring right before Easter and in early August in time for back-to-school clothes and supplies. The tax was waived on purchases of clothing up to $100.

This was the first year Barnes allowed the sales tax holidays to gain approval, even though some of our local legislators have pushed them for several years. Counties that border states with such sales such as Florida had been losing sales to them. Ironically, Florida didn't have one for the new school year because of the state's bad fiscal shape.

We welcome Barnes and Perdue pledging their support to these holidays, and we won't let the winner forget it.



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