4/15: Georgia Legislature: An empty feeling

By the AJC Editorial Board

The Legislature in 2011 stubbornly refused to act on model legislation to create 21st-century governance for the Atlanta region’s multiple transit agencies. They nixed a model that’s proved its worth elsewhere.
What bubbled up instead this year was more of the tired same — a proposal to move transit oversight to a state-controlled board. That might make sense in a state that contributes meaningfully to urban transit. Georgia doesn’t.

This idea, too, went nowhere. Lawmakers also stonewalled a measure to extend MARTA’s relief from an important funding restriction, which is to end next year. Read the rest of what the AJC Editorial Board had to say.

Then check out what Mike Klein, editor at The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, has to say, along with commentary by Alan Essig, executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, and tell us what you think.

21 comments Add your comment


April 14th, 2012
3:35 pm

Deborah, Deborah, Deborah… While you do a great job parroting the party line you make one primary error those legislators in Atlanta are actually faux Republicans who simply switched from the Democrat party for political expediency. They are not governing based on true conservative principals although there is still hope.

While many of your examples may be true I would call your attention to Gwinnett County which has long been run by Republicans and for the most part suffers from few of the infrastructure issues you are referring to. While Gwinnet does have some challenged schools for the most part their educational system far exceeds state averages. When you look at the areas with the greatest challenges in the county guess what – they are Democrat based.

While the counties with the worst infrastructure and educational systems in the State of Georgia have long been run by Democrats. I do share you disdain and lack of confidence in those idiots under the dome, but it is not free market principals and less government that is hurting us it is just the opposite.

Outer Perimeter

April 14th, 2012
2:18 pm

All our legislators, both state and national, are the best examples for why a one-term limit law should be instituted for all elective offices.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

April 14th, 2012
11:46 am

“4/15: Georgia Legislature: An empty feeling”

You mean like the empty feeling that our good-for-nothing state legislators experience in their heads everyday?

I guess that’s what they mean by the term “the air up there” as it’s pretty obvious that our lawmakers haven’t got the slightest bit of brains.


April 14th, 2012
10:07 am

@DeborahinAthens. Very well stated.


April 14th, 2012
10:05 am


Everything you say is true except the “we” thing. I have never voted for these sociopaths. Unfortunately, far too many of the mindless have and still do.


April 14th, 2012
9:21 am

The people, each and every year, have a deep sense of betrayal after Georgia’s Legislature adjourns. Lobbyists, on the other hand, have a rich, full feeling of having another year of sucessfull bribery.


April 14th, 2012
8:52 am

@Skeptical, why is it when anyone tells the facts the way it is (read”truth”) Right Wing Conservatives start with the mud slinging. In the years since the Republicans have taken control of this state, the infrastructure–roads, sewer systems,water system, bridges–have gone to hell in a hand basket. I-85 as you approach Atlanta is crumbling on the sides, yet we spend millions to set up an HOT lane, which makes traffic worse. We have de-regulated just about anything that can be de-regulated, so now companies like Rayonier can destroy entire rivers and not be punished or forced to clean up their mess. Our school system is being gutted one piece at a time because the Right Wingers keep telling us it is a bad system. They take more and more money from our public schools trying to create a voucher system that will only benefit the families that are already able to pay for their little Bubbas’ education at their Christian School. We have a state run by people that do not believe in evolution, and try at every opportunity to prevent this science from being taught. They try to re-write history by telling Bubba and Muffie that the world started less than 6000 years ago, while staring at dinosaurs and fossils that are millions of years old. These Right Wingers tell us there is no climate change, while all about us the trees and shubs are blooming months ahead of what is normal. They refuse to admit that our supply of fossil fuel and other resources such as water and food are limited while driving their six and seven kids around in the SUV and massive mini vans. We are a joke in this country and cannot figure out why we cannot attract business to this state. Their plan is to “just keep lowering taxes” refusing to see that it is not the tax rate that keeps intelligent people away, but the lack of water, crumbling infrastructure and the idiots that come out of our schools. In order to maintain our society we must be willing to pay the appropriate level of taxes. Otherwise, we at on our way to becoming a Banana Republic. But the Republicans don’t get it. And we keep re-electing the idiots. God help us.

Road Scholar

April 14th, 2012
5:42 am

Ron C: The new tax on a new car replaces both the ad valorem and the sales tax on the new vehicle, I believe. Reread the law.

As for the state not putting money into transit, they do oversee the use of federal transit funds by all transit operators.

Ron C.

April 13th, 2012
9:59 pm

I couldn’t figure out why married couples suddenly needed a $2,000 additional exemption. Never mind us singles who are already struggling to make ends meet.

It’s still not clear to me how replacing the ad valorem tax with a higher tax on a new car purchase is of any real benefit. Why not forego all the tax if Legislature really wanted to help citizens?


April 13th, 2012
7:44 pm

Of the three suggested opinions (Alan Essig, Andre Jackson, and Mike Klein), Klein is the only voice of reason who seems to understand the measured approach to reform undertaken by the Legislature. It is no surprise the Essig is unhappy given the left leaning views in general. The same holds true of Jackson writing on behalf of the AJC Editorial Board.

Is the so-called “more balanced” journalistic approach touted by the AJC? If so, too bad! You continue to fail to see how the liberal skew of your approach has negatively impacted your readership. Even after the AJC goes the way of the dodo those who were there to until the end will not understand what happened. The public can handle your liberal views in the context of a real discussion about the issues that face the city itself and the metro area in general. The change? Keep it!