People agreeing to be taxed

I wonder if this will fly?

[Vance] Smith, chair of the House Transportation Committee, authored a resolution, SR 845, which calls for a constitutional amendment to allow Georgia counties to join together and implement a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) on a regional basis to help relieve traffic congestion or make other road and bridge improvements, if a majority of voters in those counties approve such a tax levy.

The Senate approved SR 845 by a 51-4 vote Feb. 20. The House approved an amended version by 136-35 on Thursday. There are differences in the versions and a Transportation Conference Committee, consisting of three members of the House and three from the Senate, will attempt to iron them out. If that is done, the measure will still require a majority approval by Georgia voters in the November general election.

I don’t have a problem with it because it will be voted on by the people, but I don’t think I’ll vote for it.


  1. Progressive Dem says:

    Have you been on an interstae in metro Atl lately? How is transportation going to ever improve unless we build more infrastructure? The Purdue administration hasn’t done anything for transportation in metro Atl except look the other way, while it continues to four-lane every state route in rural Georgia. Among states with large metropolitan areas, Georgia probably has the most dysfunctional transportion program in the country: completely auto focused, tedious implementation, Byzantine procedures, legacy cronyism and biased to rural interests. Georgia has three critical issues: water, transportation and education. The governor and the general assembly are failing to deal with each.

  2. Harry says:

    Regarding transportation planning, the devil is in the details. We need less not more tax load. Let’s live within our means by reallocating the resources at hand.

  3. RuralDem says:


    At least someone is paying attention to Rural Georgia. Rural Georgia is just as, if not more important as Atlanta.

    Fortunately there are still rural Democrats in the legislature who realize this.

    Unfortunately, it’s people like you who are causing rural Georgians to bolt from the party. That’s fine though, keep pushing us away and watch as the Democratic caucuses in the state legislature become smaller and smaller.

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