H.B. 277 contains a long list of road projects that would be built with a one-cent, statewide sales tax.
The road roster includes a $26 million widening of a two-lane country road leading to Linger Longer, a Greene County resort owned by the Reynolds family, one of the most important names in Republican finance.
In this AJC article, Vance Smith, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, declines to say how the list in H.B. 277 came to be — only that it was drawn up by “eight to 10 other people he declined to identify, beyond saying they were industry and government officials.”
We’re guessing road elves — creatures of magical influence who abandoned metro Atlanta 20 years ago, lured by less expensive rights-of-way in rural Georgia.
Other stuff found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
State lawmaker assembles legislation for his manufactured home industry. Sam Olens says he’ll decide within 10 days of Legislature’s close whether to mount a bid for governor. Stimulus’ impact in Georgia is wrapped in online mystery. State control over Hartsfield-Jackson hotly debated, but will not leave gate.
Jay Bookman says the 2009 Legislature will adjourn as the least productive in memory. U.S. food safety system is too flawed for a quick fix.
Elsewhere in Georgia:
And the nation:
WSJ: Geithner on Geithner and his plan for bad bank assets. NYT: Frank Rich speculates about Obama’s “Katrina moment.” WSJ: Sanford on Sanford, and South Carolina doesn’t want ’stimulus.’ WP: Five of last seven presidents have been left-handed. Hmmm. NYT: Mexican drug cartel violence spills into Tuscon, alarming U.S.
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