Tax vote brings governor to Augusta

Friday, June 8, 2012 1:35 PM
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will speak at a breakfast in Augusta on Tuesday to raise awareness about a regional 1 percent sales tax for transportation that will be going to voters next month.


The breakfast is sponsored by Connect Georgia, a Georgia Chamber of Com­merce entity established to promote the tax.

The 8 a.m. breakfast will be held at West Lake Country Club, a gated community.

A referendum on the tax goes to voters July 31.

– From staff reports

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/08/12 - 01:47 pm
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TSPLOST?

Is this what I have heard desribed as TSPLOST? It just means another penny added to every dollar that you spend. If the whole economy is in a recession then the Governor and friends don't need to be adding more to the taxpayers list. They really need to be trying to forsee future problems with the State's economy and maybe even giving some back. I know this won't probably. The Governor needs to save the gas for the King Air that he flies in to events around the State! Oh, the King Air belongs to us!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/08/12 - 02:01 pm
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No One Left To Speak For Me

Who will speak against the new tax, the T-SPLOST?

Government officials are coming out of the woodwork to hold town hall meetings, rallies, breakfasts and the like to promote the tax. They will be appearing on local talk radio shows to pump up the tax. Each of these events spends taxpayer dollars to advocate for the tax; but who will speak for the taxpayer against the new tax?

Chambers of Commerce all across the state, whose members include road building contractors, will spend tons of money promoting the new tax; but who will speak for the taxpayer?

Can we count on the TEA Party?

Can someone get equal time on the talk radio shows? On Brad Means' TV show? On Mary Morrison's news show?

Retired Army
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Retired Army 06/08/12 - 02:40 pm
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Big Deal?

Hey, wait a minute. I thought only us Democrats were allowed to raise your taxes. This ain't right.

double_standard
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double_standard 06/08/12 - 02:45 pm
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no one

No one will speak because they've divided us by race, religion, and party affiliation. Divide and conquer plain and simple. We don't trust each other when they're the ones we shouldn't trust. Does river watch need widening in Columbia county let them pay for it. Does Windsor spring need widening let Richmond county pay for it. Local, State, Federal, now Regional taxes. The penny tax is a good idea for some ideas but a regional tax that just helping gov raw deal funnel all the transportation money to Atlanta like all the others before him.

socks99
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socks99 06/08/12 - 03:26 pm
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Gov. Deal ought not urge

Gov. Deal ought not urge public support in favor of the new TSPLOST, but instead should provide needed information about the proposal.

First, can the governor provide data on transportation (GDOT, federal, state, local) funding over the most recent 10 year period? How has the level of funding changed recently, if at all?

In comparison to extant funding, just how much MORE funding will go to transportation as a result of passage of the TSPLOST?

Why ARE some local pols warning the public that they'll have to pay higher local taxes if they pass on the TSPLOST?

Can the governor discuss road projects like the hov lanes in Atlanta; how much was spent and how did that work out? What about the lonely interstate to Savannah? Was that money well spent? And what about the current 316 link from Atlanta to Athens? Was it worth all the money to create a deadly concrete parking lot?

Are the current proposed TSPLOST projects well-vetted? Or is the TSPLOST simply another "borrow-and-spend"* quasi-stimulus aimed at flagging construction industry interests?

Well-planned infrastructure projects do have the ability to improve GA's competitiveness; unfortunately, for too long in GA, a large part of the transportation money has gone to ill-advised projects; in some cases, the taxpayers were fleeced in order to pave the way for land speculation and development that benefited private interests much more than average citizens.

The Gov. and the media NEEDS to give the public the facts; they ought to know that large contractors are raising millions of dollars in order to convince the public to pass what will be a nice "bail-out" for their own industry. How much money? Who is it spent on? What are the names of the contractors and other special interests who are funding, below the radar screen, a campaign to boost the referendum?

*Passage of TSPLOST creates more public debt as it depends on future tax revenues for full funding. What's more, political authorities can borrow money using the successful vote as collateral. In some cases, the excuse for this is that the elected officials want to get the thing built as soon as possible; such borrowing, of course, greases palms in the financial industry.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 06/08/12 - 08:37 pm
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If you vote to give them more

If you vote to give them more money to spend then you deserve your 627 credit score.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/08/12 - 09:10 pm
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Yes I want the roads fixed

Yes I want the roads fixed but I want them fixed with the taxes we already pay specifically for that purpose. Don't tax me for the roads, spend all the money around Atlanta, and the come back and ask me to voluntarily give you more money to do what we've already paid for. TSPLOST sets a bad precedent as do all of the other SPLOSTs. The politicians become addicted to the money and the tax NEVER expires. Just look at our "education" SPLOST. Has education gotten any better? NO. We paid for some bling and that's about it but they came back again and you gave them another wheelbarrow full of money to provide bling housing for one of the worst school systems in the country. All SPLOSTs need to die.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 06/08/12 - 10:18 pm
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Google: GDOT and Controversy

If you know anything about the Georgia Department of Transportation and its "issues," you would just as soon vote to abolish it as vote to give it more money.

The "issues" were so bad it made the pages of the New York Times.

If GDOT can't handle its own "affairs," can we expect it to handle our money?

You guessed it...Frank Stallone
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You guessed it...Frank Stallone 06/08/12 - 10:36 pm
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"Hey, wait a minute. I

"Hey, wait a minute. I thought only us Democrats were allowed to raise your taxes. This ain't right."

Big difference between raising taxes to redistribute wealth for entitlements versus paying for basic infrastructure. Everyone should play there part here because we drive on the roads. This isn't a red vs. blue matter and neither should education or national defense.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/09/12 - 05:47 am
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The difference is,

The difference is, Republicans only support regressive taxation like the sales tax.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/09/12 - 09:50 am
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Vote No

Can I count on you for a NO! vote, Techfan?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 06/09/12 - 11:07 am
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nice place to hold his

nice place to hold his meeting. a lot of his favourite constituents are within a 9 iron shot i bet.

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