From the Press Office comes this well intentioned, but probably fool hardy plan:
State Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) and State Rep. Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain) unveiled the first two pieces of legislation that will make up Georgia’s new transportation funding plan during a press conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta today.
Sen. Mullis has introduced Senate Resolution 781 that will require the development of a Statewide Transportation Plan that will have to be approved by the members of the Georgia General Assembly and updated every five years thereafter. The policy objective of the Plan is to create a 50-year safe, mobile, reliable, predictable and dependable transportation system for the state using projected growth and demographic trends. The Plan will include forecasts for Georgia’s transportation needs in five year increments.
“Georgia’s transportation infrastructure is a critical resource to the state and we must do whatever is necessary to provide greater mobility for the people who live and work here,” Sen. Mullis said today during the press conference. “Transportation is essential to commerce and the provision of goods and services throughout our state, and finding the necessary funds to maintain and improve this infrastructure is becoming more and more difficult. It is imperative that we find new sources and methods of funding to meet our growing needs.”
I have yet to see the state or federal government give accurate projections on these things. But, given the inept performance of the DOT, I think it might be a good thing to let the legislature have its hands in the mix.