The $6 million dollar campaign to sell the transportation sales tax is gearing up, albeit in fits and starts. It’s been showing up in my news feed recently, mainly because a couple of Democrats who were part of the initial marketing team have either quit or been fired.

That leaves Republicans at the helm of what is billed as a nonpartisan campaign to convince voters to support “the biggest single infusion of infrastructure dollars in metro Atlanta in at least 40 years.”

The Atlanta Tea Party has pledged to defeat the referendum and has launched this site. That alone is reason to support, but both Mayor Reed and Fulton County Commissioner John Eaves are in support. That’s really all I need to hear.

The Transform Metro Atlanta website includes an overview of the proposal, but is still short on specifics about the $6.14 billion list of transportation projects to be built across 10 counties.

It’s early days yet, so stay tuned.

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8 Responses to Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network -TSPOST

  1. Dave Bearse says:

    It’s lousy policy to subsidize highways with general sales taxes, lousy policy that those with 30 mile commutes pay the same transportation tax as those with commutes of 3 miles, and lousy policy that Fulton and DeKalb pay twice as much regional transportation tax as other counties. The identified projects would be much better funded by a general sales tax of one-third or four-tenths of a cent (for transit), and a dime a gallon tax increase (or whatever amount that would be revenue neutral for the highway component).

    What’s worse is that Fulton and DeKalb get nothing in the way of broader MARTA funding reform for their support. A vote for T-SPLOST, without MARTA funding reform and much more T-SPLOST transit, simply empowers the current lame General Assembly leadership, an especially scary proposition given the talk of tax reform.

  2. ire says:

    FYI, this last comment is pretty close to spam.

  3. JMPrince says:

    Good to see that Sam Massell is still involved here too, with ‘Maven’.

    On the substance of the issue, the polling has not been particularly favorable as of late, and the fact that the GOP leadership could not get the date moved to the general election timetable may have more or less crippled the effort from the start. Holding this vote during a July primary, with mainly die hard GOP partisans is like fighting with one hand tied behind your back. If they pull it off, it’ll be remarkable. So eventually someone in the GOP leadership needed to stand up to the TP and say ‘enough’ and this is what needs to be done now to ensure the future of Ga. But I guess we’re just not there yet and as Boortz might say, ‘their gonads haven’t dropped yet’. There’s the pity and the loss. JMP

    • Jokey says:

      The primary in July is separate from the Presidential preference primary, so it isn’t as damaging as you might think. Most of the elections that day are non-partisan, anyway.

  4. EGaluszka says:

    The big T-SPLOST storyline in Cobb has been our Republicans getting caught between the TEA party (which opposes the measure) and the Chamber of Commerce (which supports it). With Democrats standing almost united for the measure and Republicans being split, I can’t see how it won’t pass.

    • Peaches says:

      It does seem like a natural thing for Dems to support, provided they know about it. So far, the only outreach I’ve seen (Metro Atlanta), has been from Chairman John Eaves. Given the TeaParty split, targeting Ds might yield better results.