GRA's Position Statements

Business Meal Deductibility

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports an increase of the current 50 percent to 80 percent in federal tax deduction for business meals.

 

Credit Card Interchange "Swipe" Fees

The Georgia Restaurant Association encourages transparency and fairness in setting interchange “swipe” fee rates and rules so merchants and their guests understand the cost of these hidden fees.

 

Estate Tax Repeal

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports a permanent repeal of the death tax.

 

Federal Cash Wage Increase

The Georgia Restaurant Association opposes any increases in the federal cash wage/tip credit structure.


Health Care Reform

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports measures that address lowering health care costs, including tort reform and employer access to coverage across state lines.

 

Immigration

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports comprehensive immigration reform, but only at the federal level, including increased border security, a workable employment verification system, a worker program and an earned path to permanent residence for certain undocumented immigrants.

 

Minimum Wage

The Georgia Restaurant Association opposes any further federal- or state-mandated increases in the starting wage. To create an environment which fosters competition and business growth, employers need the flexibility to pay wages dictated by the market. Ninety-five percent of restaurant employees earn wages in excess of the federal minimum wage. 

Paid Sick Leave

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports employer efforts to provide flexible, voluntary leave benefits for their workforces.


Street Food

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports Georgia Public Health officials in working with the private sector to ensure that guidelines managing the sales of food from a mobile location "Street Food" vendor meet all state requirements ensuring the service of safe and wholesome food.

 

Tax Reform

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports abolishment of the state tax on business inventories, as well as a revenue-neutral plan to cut state income tax.

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports permanent extension of WOTC.



 

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