Atlanta Airport Zero Waste Policy
The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) supports our industry, other businesses and the community as a whole to help lessen our environmental footprint and become more sustainable by participating in the Zero Waste Zone program. The goal is to teach businesses how to minimize waste, streamline their savings and promote sustainability practices across the foodservice industry and beyond. The GRA opposes arbitrary patchwork rules that have not been evaluated and tested properly to ensure feasibility.
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.
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.
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.
The Georgia Restaurant Association is proud of the richly diverse restaurant community we serve and employ in our state. We foster a welcoming dining experience for all who visit and oppose any unnecessary legislation that conflicts these measures, thus portraying Georgia as an unwelcoming state.
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.
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.