Taxes for married couples shouldn’t be more than if they were single, according to Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal, who pledges to remove the state’s “marriage penalty.”

The former Gainesville congressman issued his promise late Wednesday saying it would strengthen families.

“Targeting the state marriage-tax penalty for elimination sends the message that we’re a state that prioritizes family values,” he said.

The standard deduction for the state’s income tax is $2,300 for someone filing as single, while it is $3,000 for a married couple filing jointly. Deal’s plan would simply double the single deduction for couples.

Two weeks ago, Deal proposed a tax break for businesses. He called for reducing the corporate income-tax rate from 6 percent to 4

No word from the candidate on how cutting these taxes would affect the state’s massive budget shortfalls.

Walker County Messenger / AM 1180