Wednesday Morning Reads

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  1. Daddy Got A Gun says:

    Congrats and many thanks to Debbie Dooley, Erik Erickson, and all of the anti-TSPLOST leaders. They beat back the Chamber and the Machine.

    Today, I begin my boycott of Home Depot. They supported TSPLOST and I will not spend money there.

    • saltycracker says:

      You expected a construction supply company to be against TSPLOST ?
      Did you boycott public schools because the School Board supported an e-splost ?

      disclosure – I voted NO and went to Home Depot twice this week and Lowe’s once.

  2. you says:

    Here in the mountain region, we defeated the tax with an overwhelming 75% no. We showed the politicians, chamber and big donors that we can think for ourselves. We did not allow them to shove another tax on us.
    I asked everyone who came into our store to vote no and it seems they did.

  3. Rambler1414 says:

    TSPLOST in Atlanta failed for 3 reasons:

    1) The campaign failed to explain how projects would affect people’s quality of life.
    2) Cobb County’s combination of passing their county-wide SPLOST a year or 2 ago.
    3) The vote being held in July instead of November.

    I look forward to seeing a Plan B from our Republican legislators. Good luck with that!

  4. Rambler1414 says:

    Dear Debbie Dooley,

    PLEASE follow through with your pledge to challenge this in Court.
    3 regions passed. If TSPLOST is as Unconstitutional as you’ve claimed for months, you will have no problem overturning those 3 regions.

  5. Daddy Got A Gun says:

    AJC’s Jim Galloway has a post up about Plan B

    ….. “Dramatically smaller, paid for with shrinking funds, and highly centralized. Projects will be hand-picked by a governor who intends to squeeze every penny available.”

    * Prioritized Spending
    * Focused on Real Problems
    * Tight Cost Controls
    * Without Increasing Taxes

    Looks like Gov. Deal coming back to his roots as a Conservative after vacationing at the Chamber’s Big Tax and Spender Resort and Spa.

      • Daddy Got A Gun says:

        Not necessarily. Galloway’s article mentioned 285/400 and Savannah Port area.

        It sounds like Gov. Deal going to make sure the projects are truly beneficial to the state and will have an impact on the economic vitality of the state. If the project list of TSPLOST had those two goals, instead of ensuring the profits of CW Matthews, TSPLOST would likely have passed.

        Georgia avoided an economic bullet yesterday thanks to the Tea Party, NAACP, and Sierra Club. Plan B looks like its going to be much better than airport runway lights and driveways for parks.

        • Engineer says:

          ““The state’s top transportation priority is the Ga. 400 and I-285 interchange,” Riley said. But metro Atlanta residents could also find themselves enduring pot holes and worse for the sake of better roads around the Port of Savannah, he added.”

          From reading that article and that quote specifically, it is pretty clear to me that their main priority is in that first sentence. The Port of Savannah part comes off strongly as being an afterthought.

          • Charlie says:

            If you must question the importance of the Port of Savannah to Governor Deal, please remember that he has appointed his long time friend and business partner, Ken Cronin, to look after it for “us’. I think the Port of Savannah will not be forgotten when it comes to Deal’s priorities.

            • Engineer says:

              It would be one thing if the Port was basically starting from scratch, but you know as well as I that the Port has been fast-tracked by the federal government and it is now just a matter of when do they start dredging (providing South Carolina quit trying to sabotage it). What we should be more concerned about is good access to freight rail and interstate highway routes from the ports (in Savannah and Brunswick).

  6. Jackster says:

    Gas tax is $903M for FY12. One Fifth ($193/903M) is being diverted from transportation to general debt servicing.

    If the leg and the gov want to regain trust, perhaps they should change the way they use the money they currently receive.

    I just don’t understand how that’s a rational move, when they want to “invest more in transportation”, but spend 1/5 of the gas tax on debts they’ve incurred…

  7. eburke says:

    With 3 regions approving the tax and the rest of the state rejecting it, what will the General Assembly do now. Do they change the rules now? Do they take gas tax funds from those regions and use it for projects in the other regions? If you thought mistrust of government was bad before July 31, just wait til they monkey with the system and put the poorest regions of the state at an economic disadvantage to address the traffic problems of the wealthiest areas. Will the counties that voted against T-SPLOST be penalized as provided for in the law?

    Will the General Assembly pick new leadership in light of the T-SPLOST debacle?

    • Calypso says:

      “Will the counties that voted against T-SPLOST be penalized as provided for in the law?”

      My understanding is that those counties would be penalized only if the region they are in passed TSPLOST. If they region votes it down, then no penalties are provided. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

      But I do understand your other concerns, as they are questions of mine as well.

      • Rambler1414 says:

        “My understanding is that those counties would be penalized only if the region they are in passed TSPLOST. If they region votes it down, then no penalties are provided. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.”


        If a region voted NO, the penalty applies to all Cities/Counties in the Region despite what the vote was in a particular County.
        If a region voted YES, the penalty is not applied to all Counties in the Region.

    • Rambler1414 says:

      “Do they take gas tax funds from those regions and use it for projects in the other regions?”

      Doubtful, since Congressional Balancing rules still apply. Does their project List include projects that were already committed to be funded?

      “Will the counties that voted against T-SPLOST be penalized as provided for in the law?”

      I don’t see how this will be avoided unless the legislation is modified. Keep in mind, the penalty only applies to 1 specific type of funding (LMIG) and not all projects.

  8. saltycracker says:

    Meanwhile the post office defaults on a $5.5 billion dollar payment and will miss another in Sept. but we still get bulk/junk mail 7 days a week.

      • saltycracker says:

        Did you know the way to get off their mailing list is to order a bunch of magazines and write deceased on the bill ? Jack Kerouac idea

  9. debbie0040 says:

    The TIA Legislation needs to be repealed and replaced with legislation similar to bills Rep. Setzler proposed.

    The caps on lobbyist gifts passed by a huge margin. I did a robo call for Regina Quick where I hit McKillip on not supporting limits on lobbyist gifts. I stated that under GA law lobbyists can gift legislators with houses or new cars. Regina Quick supports limits on lobbist gifts. Her opponent calls gift limits a gimmick and strongly opposes them.

    This song dedication goes out to Bob Loblaw, Stiffler and other Deal/Chamber/CTM sock pockets that ridiculed and made fun of our anti T-SPLOST effort. BTW, you ran a PR campaign based on the book and followed the rules. You were predictible. We broke the rules, thought outside the box and ran circles around you. We were one step ahead of you …We were average, everyday people that knew what message would resonate with voters.

  10. debbie0040 says:

    Thank you to all the patriots who worked so hard and got out to vote to defeat the largest tax increase in Georgia’s history. Thank you as well for your overwhelming support of overturning unlimited gifts to lobbyists.
    Without you this would have not happened. Now “Full Repeal”

  11. SallyForth says:

    Hey Hey – it’s Chik-fil-A and support of free speech day! Plus no cooking supper tonight! These controversies sometimes serve a useful purpose after all. 🙂

      • SallyForth says:

        Didn’t mean to disappoint you, good buddy. I just thought it was cool that this stupid controversy got lots of people, male and female, all around the US out of having to cook tonight. I’m definitely not on any bandwagon, don’t care when either side blathers about their opinions. I’ve been addicted since a kid at the original Dwarf House in Hapeville – for me it’s all about the sandwiches and waffle fries.

        • Calypso says:

          Ok then, I’ll let this one slide(r).

          I remember reading on PP someone (Doug Deal, if I’m not mistaken) likening their Chick-Fil-A morning chicken biscuit to “buttered crack” because he was so addicted to it.

    • benevolus says:

      You can support free speech all you want, but this controversy ain’t got nothing to do with that!

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