GRA's Position Statements

Alochol in Airports
The Georgia Restaurant Association supports for certain commercial service airports to sell alcohol during certain times on Sundays. 

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.

"Beer Jobs Bill"
The Georgia Restaurant Association supports the initiative to bring tourism, jobs and economic growth to Georgia. The Beer Jobs bill aims to bring Georgia up to speed in a fast growing industry, one that the state needs to support.

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.


Religious Freedom
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.


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.


Tip Credit
The Georgia Restaurant Association opposed the elimination of the 45(B) FICA tip-tax credit, a reimbursement to food and beverage employers for a portion of FICA taxes paid on certain employee tip income. The 45(B) credit has been critical in getting restaurateurs to entourage tip reporting and helping the IRS collect employment and income taxes on employee tips. 


Transportation
The Georgia Restaurant Association supports comprehensive reform that strengthens our transportation infrastructure and the economic growth that results. Georgia's restaurant will benefit from the nearly $1 billion in statewide funding that HB 170 would provide. 

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports permanent extension of WOTC.



 

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