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'T-SPLOST Prospects Look Dim'

Charles Bullock of the University of Georgia, sees small chance of the initiative passing.


Georgia Republicans' aversion to any kind of tax, and concern about riling the Tea Party, are helping to consolidate opposition to the state's one-percent sales tax referendum for transportation, UGA professor Charles Bullock said in an analysis of a recent Patch survey.

showed overwhelming opposition to the TSPLOST referendum. Bullock, a longtime observer of Georgia politics, says that while the Tea Party didn't put up as many primary challengers to sitting Republican legislators as it had hoped, anti-tax pressure within the party remains high.

"So although tons of money is being spent to encourage voting for the T-SPLOST and the , it looks like it will go down to defeat," Bullock said in an analysis emailed to Patch. "We have the interesting phenomenon of disagreement between many GOP leaders and a group usually closely associated with the GOP (the Chamber)."

Bullock concluded: "With GOP leadership unwilling to step forward and reassure conservative, anti-tax voters that the projects to be funded with the T-SPLOST are meritorious, there is scant prospect for approval."

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Jordan Fox July 20, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I agree with Alex! Other metro areas like Charlotte, NC are passing us by as Metro Atlanta's traffic gets worse. It's making it tough for us to attract new businesses to the region and keep the ones we have. It's also hurting our quality of life. The state, nation and even parts of the world are watching to see how we act on this. The list of projects is far from perfect, but it is 1000 times better than doing nothing! Please do your research on http://transformmetroatlanta.com/ and VOTE YES for the transportation referendum!!
Darin Arterburn July 22, 2012 at 05:17 AM
wasting our resources is not better than doing nothing. There is no urgency here unless your just trying to get paid. Come up with a real projects list then lets do it if the list is great.
Fred July 24, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Is this some kinda joke ? So... instead of a good "plan" ... let's just approve a horrible plan because it's better than nothing ? Good god. That sounds like just the logic that got us in this mess in the first place. This T-Splost is a horrible plan that will just be a boon for Big Constuction/Big Engineering and a "boondoggle" for the taxpayers. It will have massive cost-overruns and be a big joke. Back to the drawing board.
Carol Johnson July 24, 2012 at 03:51 PM
An interesting viewpoint that supports Fred's comment: http://www.peachpundit.com/2012/07/23/reluctantly-no-on-t-splost/
Carol Johnson July 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
"Not having a viable Plan B is a failure of leadership": http://www.peachpundit.com/2012/07/23/reluctantly-no-on-t-splost/

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