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BeltLine’s oversight questioned in two reports that could affect sales tax vote

BeltLine’s oversight questioned in two reports that could affect sales tax vote By David Pendered An audit by Atlanta’s city auditor has flagged expenses by the Atlanta BeltLine, including pension benefits that aren’t available to city employees and credit card expenses in one month of $9,835 for items including an executive retreat and staff dinner.


MARTA riders wary of sales tax

MARTA riders wary of sales tax By Steve Visser The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Charles Miller registered to vote at the Five Points rail station last week because it’s a big election year. He might support the president in November, but not a regional sales tax in July. “I don’t see any improvements — I just see


Channel 2 poll: Transportation sales tax support slips

Channel 2 poll: Transportation sales tax support slips 1:22 pm June 29, 2012, by jgalloway On the eve of a resumption of the TV campaign for the transportation sales tax, a new poll just posted by Channel 2 Action News shows support for the effort slipping. See the results: Click Here P.S.  This is point


Expect to pay more when dining out due to health care law (and T-SPLOST)

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday on the constitutionality of Obamacare.  The Affordable Healthcare Act (oxymoron) was upheld.  It also gave Congress the ability to TAX you if you don’t have health insurance.  What does this mean?  It means that there are 21 new taxes with this bill, 12 of which hit EVERYONE making less than


8 Cities with surprising job growth

More good new on Atlanta jobs – without T-SPLOST. Kiplinger: 8 Cities with surprising job growth Metro area population: 5.4 million Current unemployment rate: 8.5% Job growth next five years: 8% Number of new jobs: 180,000 It won’t expand as fast as the others on our list, but Atlanta’s size and diversity will make it


Do you keep hearing that T-SPLOST is like the Atlanta Airport?

Have you heard this story in your employee meetings or in a panel discussion? “The passage of T-SPLOST is like the visionary work of former Atlanta Mayor William B. Hartsfield who developed Atlanta as a major air travel hub. Hartsfield stood up to the opposition and held to his convictions to advance the airport and


Inquiry Looks Into a Shield for Donors in Elections

This New York Times article certainly rings true right here in Georgia. By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE Published: June 26, 2012 Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York has begun investigating contributions to tax-exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns, focusing on a case involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been one


Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers on Plan B

In a world where nearly every CRE power player in Atlanta is promoting the upcoming TSPLOST vote, State Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) is a lone voice of dissent. In fact, he was on Bisnow’s Atlanta Future of Transportation Panel when he told our audience: “There is a Plan B.”


Wait a minute. Aren’t we being told we have to pass a tax to add jobs? Hmmmm, that doesn’t seem to be the truth.

The Citizens for Transportation Mobility, Connect Georgia, and Chambers of Commerce across the state are telling us that passing the tax will add 200,000 new jobs.  Seems like rational organizations are going to create jobs without the tax. Study: Georgia to add most health-care jobs in nation Georgia and Utah will add more health-care jobs

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