Position Statements

Alcohol at the Airport

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

Alcohol Legislation

We support the modernization of existing Title III code to ensure consistency of rules and regulations statewide for our restaurants and brewpubs and remain competitive with other states.

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.

Casino Gambling

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports a level playing field for liquor license holders in the State of Georgia. We oppose legislation which would allow for 24 hour liquor licenses in casinos.​

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.

Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA)

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports commonsense immigration reform that expands U.S. employers’ ability to hire a legal workforce. The restaurant industry employs many DACA recipients and we see the DACA program as a positive step to help bring more legal employees into the restaurant workforce. Immigration is a highly charged, complex issue that requires deliberate, constructive, and bipartisan dialogue and debate. We will continue to work closely with all parties involved to enact sensible immigration policies that benefit our members, our employees, our entire industry, and the growth of the United States Economy.

Estate Tax Repeal

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

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.

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.

Waste/Sustainability

The Georgia Restaurant Association 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.​

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Georgia Restaurant Association supports permanent extension of WOTC. The WOTC is currently extended through 2019 and promotes the hiring of individuals who qualify as a member of a target group, and provides a federal tax credit to employers who hire these individuals.