The Chattooga County Democratic Party met in their regular monthly meeting on Saturday morning at Pop’s Restaurant in Summerville.  Local Democrats heard from Representative Barbara Massey Reece (D-Menlo) and Representative Rick Crawford (D-Cedartown).

Representative Reece updated those at the meeting on issues in the Georgia House including the Tax Reform Bill before the legislature.  Representative Reece said that the bill currently before the House would create a multitude of "fees" and taxes on services that have in the past been tax free.  Some of the items that would be taxed include: hair cuts, service work, food, safety deposit boxes and Girl Scout Cookies.  Reece said that at the same time the bill would provide a special tax break on jet fuel and to aircraft manufacturer Gulf Stream.  Reece said that the extra taxes and fees would be at the expense of the average Georgian.

Representative Crawford was introduced by Reece.  Crawford represents Polk County and part of Floyd County.  He has degrees from Jacksonville State University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Crawford said that Democrats in Georgia need to have a "reality check" and realize that they need to be getting their message across to Georgia voters that are voting against their own economic interest.  Crawford said that there are a variety of measures being pushed by the leadership in Atlanta that "help those at the top at the expense of those at the middle and bottom."

Chattooga County Democrats will hold their next monthly meeting on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Pop’s in Summerville at 8:30 AM.