This has been a campaign for the text books – a hard-fought engagement on both sides. The tax proponents raised over $8 million; the grassroots raised far less. The tax proponents focused on their own special interest that would not alleviate traffic or create jobs but disproportionally tax the poor and burden the average citizen. The grassroots focused on the truth with a laser focus on honesty and integrity over money. The voters have spoken with a resounding “no confidence” vote in our state leadership. While Georgians overwhelmingly agree we have a transportation problem, Georgians clearly decided to take politics and politicians out of the equation to avoid wasting hard earned tax dollars.
This is a reminder to all generations that this is our country, our state, our counties and our cities that are run with our money. The first priority should always remain to the citizens of Georgia to ensure they are the most relevant topic in any public conversation.
For the Transportation Leadership Coalition, we will continue to work with the Georgia legislature on common sense approaches to alleviating Atlanta’s traffic and our statewide transportation issues to help increase credibility in the Georgia Department of Transportation and help rebuild trust in our state government.
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