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Cobb Chairman Candidates on TSPLOST and Economic Development

Cobb Chairman Candidates on TSPLOST and Economic Development By Kiri Walton Here are the answers they’ve given on both the TSPLOST and economic (re)development, along with their thoughts on backyard chickens: On TSPLOST/Transportation Investment Act Bill Byrne, former Cobb Commission Chairman from 1992-2002: AGAINST “It’s as important to me to defeat this TSPLOST as it is

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TSPLOST hurt, not helped, by consultant’s ‘race’ talk

TSPLOST hurt, not helped, by consultant’s ‘race’ talk By Ron Sifen TSPLOST supporters have brought in a Washington, D.C. developer, Chris  Leinberger, who is also a consultant on urbanism and smart growth, to race-bait  the TSPLOST. Leinberger told the Cumberland Area Community Improvement  District board last week that “MARTA really stands for ‘Moving African Americans

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The Atlanta Transit Tax: For the 1 Percent

The Atlanta Transit Tax: For the 1 Percent By Wendell Cox NCPA.org Voters in Atlanta, with some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation, are being asked to approve a new tax that would spend more than 50% on transit, in an urban area where transit carries only 1% of travel (Figure). No one

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T-SPLOST fail: Man life boats, abandon ship

T-SPLOST fail: Man life boats, abandon ship By Bob Ross The government’s own projections show that your $8.5 billion won’t change your commute all that much, that $2.8 billion of transit projects will only be partially funded, and no one can explain where massive transit subsidies will come from when the 10-year tax ends. No

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Get wise, Cobb County, to the real goal of transportation systems

Get wise, Cobb County, to the real goal of transportation systems By Don McKee Increasingly, we’re told t-splost isn’t about reducing traffic congestion, but rather economic development and rail transit.   And t-splost proponents aren’t happy that isn’t selling well to voters.    Attacking opponents instead of making the case for the tax plan seems to

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Leinberger Admits Rail About Economic Development, Not Congestion Relief

Leinberger Admits Rail About Economic Development, Not Congestion Relief By Steve Brown Fayette County Board of Commissioners, Post 4 It should be noted Commissioner Brown was on the panel with Mr. Leinberger at the AJC PNC Bank t-splost Forum on July 12, 2012  Reading Chris Leinberger in the Marietta Daily Journal today and watching the

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Pro-TSPLOST Tax Lobbyist Recants

In Henry forum, lobbyist Lawler said Brown was not wrong “I believe Mr. Lawler has an uphill battle trying to sell the TSPLOST. Most everyone walked away from our debate in Henry County siding with Commissioner Brown. Once you know the facts, the choice to oppose TSPLOST is easy unless you are in transportation building

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We Need New Sales Tax for Economic Development – – Really?

Atlanta Regional Commission, Untie Atlanta, MAVEN, and all their well-funded allies say this new sales tax is needed because Charlotte and Dallas are using our traffic congestion as a weapon against Atlanta.  If small business is the backbone of America, and if traffic congestion is a badge of honor and increases GDP, is this really

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Debunking the myth that traffic congestion and economic vitality can’t coexist.

Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion Eric Dumbaugh Jun 01, 2012 With a few notable exceptions, transportation planning practice in the United States is focused on managing or eliminating traffic congestion. Regardless of whether planners are advocating for highway infrastructure to improve level-of-service, or transit projects intended to “get cars off the road,” the underlying

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