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Q&A With State Representative Tom Rice on His Re-Election Bid

Rice, who is the incumbent for District 95 and seeking re-election, answers questions posed by Peachtree Corners Patch.

Peachtree Corners Patch asked Tom Rice, who is seeking re-election to the State Representative District 95 seat, a series of questions relating to his position on several issues.

(Democratic candidate Brooke Siskin is running for the seat currently held by Rice.)

 

NAME: Tom Rice

AGE: 72

HOW LONG LIVED IN PEACHTREE TREE CORNERS: 28 years

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: B.S., Temple University

FAMILY:  Wife Frances, four married children and 10 grandchildren

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: IBM Marketing Management - 30 years; Partner, The Quality Group - nine years; GA State Representative - 16 years

HOW LONG HAVE YOU SERVED AS THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR DIST. 95 (FORMERLY DIST. 51)?  I have served 16 years as a State Representative

Please provide Peachtree Corners voters a brief synopsis of what you've accomplished during your present term.

I believe my best contribution to the lives of all Georgians was the removal of the ad valorem tax (birthday tax) and the sales tax on vehicle purchases and the implementation of a one-time title fee (less than sales tax).

Tell Peachtree Corners readers what your goal is for next year's legislative session.

Right now I chair the Title 40 (Motor Vehicles law) Study Committee.  I will be developing legislation, based upon the committee's recommendations, to affect better teen driving laws as well as a simplified way to address traffic violations. We will continue our quest to make Georgia the best place for business growth and job creation.  We did that last year in HB 368 and will follow up with more in 2013.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing our state?

Job growth, health care and education are the biggest challenge areas.  We will continue to work with our partners in the business community to reduce the cost of regulation and taxes that are impediments to growth in hiring.  We will address the health care insurance issue with (if Romney is elected) free market alternatives.  If the President is re-elected we will move swiftly to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) in terms of state insurance exchanges (a requirement we have successfully avoided).  In education we will implement the recommendations of both the Quality Based Education Study Commission and the Higher Education Study Commission (that I serve on).  Both will address the quality and cost of education in Georgia.

What is your position on Amendment 1? 

I support public Charter Schools.  They provide an alternative for parents and children caught in non-performing public schools.  I support the right of local school boards to charter or not.  However, with the state sending the majority of its budget to k-12 public schools, I believe there is a place for alternative approval.  It has worked for 11 years with high performance results.  I support Amendment 1 for that reason.  More details on the amendment decision can be found at www.tomrice.org.

What is your position on Amendment 2?

I support Amendment 2.  It just makes good sense to allow lease contracts for more than one year so the fit-up costs can be amortized just like any other organization does right now.

For additional information or to contact Tom Rice, visit his campaign site at www.tomrice.org.

Andy Darnell November 01, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Can you please tag the Q/A with Brooke Siskin similarly as you did this one? I'm sure it was by mistake, but it seemed very difficult to find her Q/A post because the "Related Topics" weren't tagged similarly. You might even link the two posts by hyperlinking Brooke's name in at the top of the post to her Q/A. Of course you could similarly provide a link to Tom's Q/A from Brooke's.
Bob November 01, 2012 at 11:30 AM
What's interesting is that it was Tom Rice who helped with the legislation to form the city. He didn't list that as an accomplishment, or a reason for reelection. Was that because of the closer than expected vote or was it because he didn't do any of the heavy lifting? At any rate, why is he not promoting this piece of legislation that he introduced and got passed? Wouldn't that endear him to the electorate more so than the ad valorem car tax that requires you to buy a new car to avoid paying the "birthday" penalty?
Andy Darnell November 01, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Agreed. I have no idea who Brooke is, and wanted to see her say more about her stance on the city. I gather that she probably voted for it but has since regretted that vote or at the very least wants to provide a new voice to the state for Peachtree Corners... but that is merely speculation. I have already voted. It was nice to see at least one category where it wasn't just an incumbent running against him/herself.
Judy Putnam (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Andy: You can see the Q&A on Brooke Siskin by clicking on the tab at the top of the Peachtree Corners Patch home page marked "Elections."
Steve Rausch November 01, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I hope those folks who haven't yet voted remember it was also Tom Rice who tried to take away much of the new Peachtree Corners tax base and give it to Berkley Lake. He certainly wasn't representing or even helping our best interest there! Tom is in favor of charter schools so like most career politicians he can control more money! It's time for a change in this position!
Andy Darnell November 01, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Wasn't there this morning. Thanks.
Allan Peel November 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I too remember the fact the Mr. Rice attempted to annex some business properties that were originally planned for Peachtree Corners to Berkley Lake, after the Peachtree Corners referendum passed but BEFORE the city was able to form officially. Claimed he was doing us all a favor, but he didn't seem to consult with anyone who was on the election ballot for the PC city council. Payback time!
Ray November 01, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I wish Rice would support equal human rights for all ... I’ve asked for his support but he denied it... At 72, he is too old for this job. Time to retire... He’s not a supreme court justice, ya know?

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