Even after being rejected, transportation act still costs us
by Don McKee
August 08, 2012 12:57 AM | 1162 views | 8 8 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Cobb citizens are understandably upset about being sandbagged by the so-called Transportation Investment Act that gave us the TSPLOST tax plan for economic development, mass transit and some road improvements. The act mandates tripling the local match for maintenance and improvement grants from the state Department of Transportation, hiking it from 10 percent to 30 percent for counties and cities that rejected the TSPLOST.

Even worse for unsuspecting taxpayers, under the TIA brought to you by your governor and friends in the General Assembly, the punitive local match of 30 percent must remain in force “for at least 24 months and until such time as a special district sales and use tax is approved.” So it’s permanent unless voters approve a 1 percent sales tax.

Readers give their views:

EastWestCommuter: A regional problem requires a regional solution, which necessitates regional cooperation. If the metro counties can’t come together to fix the transportation knots—thus making the area more convenient for residents and more attractive to newcomers—then we pretty much deserve the resulting mess. That said, anyone who lives in Cartersville and commutes to the Peachtree Towers is rather silly to complain about traffic, anyway.

SG68: If the state is really interested in making improvements to the transportation infrastructure in Metro Atlanta and around the state they will amend the current law to eliminate this “poison pill”. It was inserted into the law to try to force the voters to cast a YES vote. It didn’t work. Let the regions that passed the TSPLOST pay only 5% and the ones that didn’t (most of the state) go back to the 10% matching requirement. Having such an onerous requirement (30% match) doesn’t accomplish anything for anybody. If it remains it is simply a deterrent to any improvements and counter productive to the original intent of the TIA legislation.

Money Tree: Where does (Cobb DOT Director) DiMassimo think the state funds come from? I don’t think the state prints money... I’m pretty sure it comes from taxpayers. Her “loss” is my “gain.” Good job, NO voters. We saved even more money than we thought.

Get this: According to the legislation if any of the regions had failed to produce a list, the match for the counties in that region would have been 50%. To answer your question: the State Legislators, many of whom told you to vote against this, voted for the TIA Legislation in 2010. By having to pay more for the projects you might get, you just voted yourself a tax increase by voting NO on the Transportation referendum.

How Convenient: Again, (state Senate Majority Leader) Chip Rogers was for it before he was against it. He voted for the TIA in 2010 hailing it as landmark legislation. Then he ignored his position on the Regional Roundtable to help shape the list. Then he went out and worked against the referendum. Now he is showing up with a solution to a problem he created. This is leadership? This is believable? Give me a break!

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August 08, 2012
So you are saying that the rules don't matter? That we can change them anytime we want to suit us. We can live consequence free. So that is the new Republican and conservative mantra?

The Legislature punted the ball and then wanted it back. Now they want to change the rules of the game that they set up. How in the world is this supposed to instill trust in government and confidence in the electorate?

The rules were set and now you have to play by them.
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August 08, 2012
If the Members of the General Assembly do not fix this terrible problem, they will have a miserable time until elections come.
THE TRUTH
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August 08, 2012
Elections have consequences. Deal with it.
SG68
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August 08, 2012
@ THE TRUTH

Ignorance has consequences. Deal with it
THE TRUTH
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August 09, 2012
Very true and the ignorance of the elected officials who were voted for this legislation, ran away from the process and then came out against this are ignorant. They did it for political reasons. They are not to be trusted. They have no plan B, they never did. They will not be able to dismantle this legislation and they have not intention of doing so. Three regions voted for and passed their project lists. If they dismantle the TIA legislation what does that do to the will of the people in those districts? You should really think about that.
SG68
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August 09, 2012
@ THE TRUTH

You have once again proved my point.

I was talking about you.

As for your repetitive, non-sensical diatribe against our state legislators.

Their decision to oppose TSPLOST wasn't poilitical.

It was the RIGHT thing to do once they saw that the Roundtable crooks hijacked the well meaning TIA legislation for their own personal and political benefit.

Their beef was not with the legislation they created and voted for, but with the horrible project list that was illegitimately hatched and put up for vote.

Those legislators that opposed the TSPLOST did the right thing under the circumstances.
THE TRUTH
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August 09, 2012
I chose to ignore your childish schoolyard talk.

Those legislators lied to you and you bought it hook line and sinker.

Funny I still have not seen a Plan B yet.

I thought they were going to get to work on that as soon as the tsplost failed.

another promise broken.
SG68
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August 09, 2012
@THE TRUTH

Sorry it looks like you and your TSPLOST friends were the ones that were duped. Fortunately the vast majority of the voters saw through the scam and resoundingly crushed it.

As far as Plan B is concerned Nathan Deal has all but said he will not even consider a Plan B even if it is proposed.

Now that's what I call closeminded and ignorant!!

I have tried engaging in mature, well reasoned debates with you in the past and it just didn't seem to work.

So I decided to try to get through to you by using childish schoolyard talk for a childish schoolyard mentality!!

Something you might be able to relate to and understand.
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