The AJC’s Jim Galloway brings word this morning that there won’t be a statewide referendum this fall on a penny sales tax to fund transportation. This isn’t all that surprising, considering no one whom I’ve met thought such a referendum would be successful.
Not dead, as Jim notes, is the possibility of such a sales tax on a regional basis, which ought to please metro Atlanta residents because the money raised here would stay here. I would also say, based on my conversations with some key lawmakers, that raising the motor-fuel tax isn’t out of the question.
All that to say, let’s stay tuned before deciding this move at the beginning of a new session means the state’s Republican leadership isn’t serious about the transportation issue. If nothing has been done by the end of the session — well, then that would be an indictment on Republicans in the Legislature.
Speaking of staying tuned, let’s see what Gov. Sonny Perdue has to say about this issue in his State of the State speech, starting right now…