State Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, chairman of the Legislature’s MARTA oversight committee, will hold a hearing next week on rider safety within the transit system.
The MARTOC chairman announced the hearings only days after a late-night gang attack of two Delta flight attendants in a train car on their way to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Jacobs told Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1 FM):
”Anecdotally, it wasn’t too, too long ago that you could ride a MARTA train and you were almost certain to see an officer walking back and forth, from the front of the train to the back, and then back again. These days, you’re much less likely to see officers on trains – although to be sure they can be found around the MARTA system.”
Mark your calendars for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in Room 406 of the CLOB.
Jacobs tantalized O’Hayer — and later, the Insider — with a possible deal that might be struck. The Atlanta lawmaker this year plans a wholesale revision of the 1960s-era legislation that undergirds the transit agency.
The current legislation handcuffs MARTA with a mandate that allows it to spend no more than 50 percent of the sales tax revenue it collects on operations — though that was suspended last year, temporarily.
MARTA would like the permanent right to spend its sales tax revenue as it sees fit.
Jacob said he could foresee the possibility of a permanent rule change – but in return lawmakers might require that a certain percentage of MARTA’s budget be reserved for law enforcement. “I have long felt that public safety was an issue to be looked at, and now I’m even more convinced that it needs to be looked at,” he said.
A MARTA spokesman said the transit agency welcomed any and all scrutiny.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is ripping a page from Sonny Perdue’s playbook, and going him one better. With his state beset by wildfires, Perry has declared a three-day period of prayer that spans the Easter weekend, according to Salon.com.
We would remind Perry not to forget the follow-up – a day of prayer begging God to turn off the spigot.
Charles Kuck, an Athens immigration attorney and a harsh critic of HB 87, points out this possible loophole in the section that requires businesses with more than 10 employees to screen hires with E-Verify, the federal data base:
Every business in Georgia will be required to complete an affidavit before the county or municipal government, in regards to compliance with this law, in order to obtain or renew their business license or occupational tax certificate.
At the time of signing this affidavit, the company’s representative will determine the number of employees by counting the number of employees on January 1 of the year during which the affidavit is submitted. In case you did not notice, January 1 is a holiday and virtually no one works.
There is nothing to prohibit an employer from laying off or reducing to part time ALL of its workers on December 31, and then restoring them to full time status on January 2. You might argue that that violates the spirit of the law, but how can you violate the spirit of a law that has no soul?
At the Southern Political Report, LaGrange College professor John Tures has an interesting look at America’s last birther controversy – in 1880:
[James] Garfield had selected, as his running mate, Chester A. Arthur of New York…or was he? Democrats hired an attorney named Hinman to investigate whether Arthur was really born originally in Vermont as he claimed. They alleged that the vice presidential nominee was actually born elsewhere, then was moved to Vermont.
AJC Politifact Georgia today takes a look at a claim by a Cobb County school board member that a school calendar with an early August start wasn’t economically wise, given the cost of air-conditioning.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider