Sales Tax No Way to Fund Transportation Projects
I recently detailed several of the problems with the dozen separate Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referenda that will take place across the state on July 31 (Column, “Plenty of reasons to worry about transportation tax proposal,” July 8). This column adds to those original assertions. Unlike the opposition of
Plenty of reasons to worry about transportation tax proposal
The General Assembly’s passage of the Transportation Investment Act in 2010 began the process that culminates in a statewide July 31 referendum on whether to impose yet another optional 1 percent sales tax, this time to be levied on a regional basis. Commonly termed TSPLOST, this proposed tax is entirely different from the local option
T-SPLOST Debated in Monticello, Jasper County GA
T-SPLOST is Debated Kathy Mudd Thu, Jun 21, 2012 “Jim Cole and Debbie Dooley squared off in a debate on the upcoming vote on a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) last Thursday evening in the Jasper County Courthouse. Mr. Cole is the former state representative for Jasper and other counties, and currently
Do You Feel Pressured to Support TSPLOST?
Do You Feel Pressured to Support TSPLOST? Local municipalities, chambers of commerce and even businesses are mobilizing to get voters to the polls in support of TSLOST on July 31. How to you feel about this effort? It’s no secret that most municipalities are urging a “yes” vote on TSPLOST. Without it, local governments are
Say ‘No’ to new T-SPLOST tax
Say ‘No’ to new T-SPLOST tax by Mike Buffington Friday, June 22. 2012 “When government officials talk about “investment,” what they really mean is more taxes. “That’s the case with the proposed transportation sales tax vote coming up July 31. Known as “T-SPLOST,” the measure asks voters to approve a new sales tax to fund
Commission Chairman Running for State Senate Seat Opposes TSPLOST
Commission Chairman Running for State Senate Seat Opposes TSPLOST The Athens Banner-Herald reports Danny Yearwood said Tuesday night during a Jackson County Chamber of Commerce forum that he opposes the tax. Barrow County Board of Commissioners Chairman Danny Yearwood said Tuesday he opposes the proposed transportation sales tax, according to a story by the Athens
Republican candidates coming out against transportation tax
From Athens Banner – Herald By: Blake Aued “A proposed sales tax for transportation is becoming the third rail of Republican politics. “All four candidates in two Athens-area Republican primaries say they’ll vote against the 1 percent sales tax July 31, and incumbents who voted to put the tax on the ballot are finding themselves
What Are the TSPLOST Advocates Trying to Hide?
As the battle heats up, tax proponents are trying to control the conversation and sway votes with mis-information. From Mike Lowry’s blog post on the Canton-Sixes Patch, June 13, 2012 Why do you suppose they don’t want anyone talking about it? Over the weekend I received an email from an associate showing that the Untie
Tax Proponents on Defense in Advance of T-SPLOST Vote
Defensive Maneuvers In Advance Of T-SPLOST Vote June 12, 2012 13:00 pm Today’s Courier Herald Column: “When politicians want to make news, it’s generally done via Sunday news programs or Monday morning press conferences. It’s a not so subtle way of attempting to control the news flow for the week. Conversely, when they prefer not
Deal stopped gasoline tax hike but favors of 1% sales tax increase?
This editorial in Dalton’s “The Daily Citizen” asks a great question. If Governor Deal can sign an executive order to stop a modest gas tax increase from 12.1 to 12.9 cents (for the second time in one year), then why would he advocate to raise everyone’s tax with T-SPLOST? “…if a small increase in