Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal pushes to scrap energy tax

photo Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

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ATLANTA - For manufacturing giant Shaw Industries, producing carpet in North Georgia costs the company millions of dollars in sales taxes that it wouldn't have to pay in most parts of the nation.

That's because Georgia is one of the few remaining states that require manufacturers to pay sales tax on electricity, natural gas and other energy they consume to produce goods - whether they're building Gulfstream business jets in Savannah or brewing Miller beer in Albany.

Gov. Nathan Deal has made scrapping the energy tax on manufacturing plants one of his priorities for the 40-day session of the state Legislature that began Monday.