Your morning jolt: Half of Georgia’s city officials think transportation tax doomed

Georgia officialdom is getting very nervous about next year’s votes for regional tax districts to pay for better transportation in the state.

Half of the state’s mayors and other city officials think the ballot issues are doomed, according to an annual survey conducted by the Georgia Municipal Association.

In 2010, one-third of mayors polled thought the measure – just adopted by the Legislature – had a chance. That’s now down to 19 percent. Says the GMA:

There was no region in the state where more city officials thought the regional transportation tax would pass than not pass, compared to three regions in 2010. Only two regions had a higher percentage of city officials responding “Don’t Know” than “No.”

The region with the highest percentage of city officials that thought the regional transportation tax would pass is the Atlanta Regional Commission at just over 30%. Not one city official from the Three Rivers region thought the tax would pass.


See the entire report here.
The survey was emailed to 2450 mayors, council members, managers and clerks. GMA received 609 responses for a response rate of 25 percent.

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At the tail end of an interview with Gov. Nathan Deal about the impact of HB 87, Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) asked if an attempt would be made in this summer’s special session of the Legislature to resolve the constitutional dilemma over charter schools in Georgia.

Deal said it’s unlikely. “I do not expect that at this point,” the governor said – though the matter’s still under discussion.

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This is the story that everyone in the state Capitol is talking about today. From my AJC colleagues Aaron Gould Sheinin and James Salzer:

The head of the state ethics commission said it was no coincidence that she is being pushed from her job while pursuing an investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign.

In an email obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Stacey Kalberman, the commission’s executive secretary, linked the decision to eliminate her assistant’s job and deeply cut her own salary to their requests for subpoenas against the governor’s campaign.

She also revealed in that email to Patrick Millsaps, chairman of the ethics commission, that the state attorney general’s office reviewed their work and that the FBI offered to assist in the ethics investigation.

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On Thursday, when he wasn’t wondering out loud whether Georgia’s reputation was suffering as a result of the new illegal immigration law, former Gov. Sonny Perdue was pumping his new GOP presidential candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty:

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Perdue to back up her network’s reports that Callista Gingrich’s clout in the campaign was one reason for the resignation of Gingrich’s staff last week. Perdue declined, but said this:

”A presidential primary campaign is a grueling marathon that requires absolute focus not only of the candidate, but his or her spouse as well. It requires sacrifice on both parts – and I have no inside knowledge of how the campaign staff felt about that.”

The Gingriches’ vacation habits, however, were another matter:

”Certainly the Mediterranean visit …demonstrated the lack of focus and the lack of commitment there, that concerned me to a great degree.”

The former Georgia governor said he wasn’t worried that Pawlenty is only polling in the single digits now:

”I am convinced that the more that the American people, Republican primary voters, learn and see of Tim Pawlenty, they will gain the respect that I have for him.”

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Shirley Franklin’s Blogging While Blue has a poll indicating that a special local option sales tax for school construction scheduled to come up for a vote in the city of Atlanta and the counties of Fulton and DeKalb, stands a good chance of passing – despite the fact that many think passage could make voters less inclined to vote for the transportation sales tax next year:

Voters in Fulton and Dekalb county overwhelmingly support continuing the SPLOST for education for another five years. In DeKalb County, which includes the city of Decatur and part of the city of Atlanta, 80% of the voters surveyed say they support continuing the tax.

Voters in Fulton County, which includes the city of Atlanta, are almost as supportive with 73% saying they support the tax. A clear majority of voters, who are opposed to other sales tax referendums, support the SPLOST tax for education.

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U.S. Reps. Tom Graves (R-Ranger), Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) and Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) have provided three of 26 House signatures on a letter addressed to Barack Obama, asking him to put his real signature on the recently passed Patriot Act, rather than the autopen version used while the president was in France. From the letter:

Mr. President, it is clear that assigning a surrogate the responsibility of signing bills passed by Congress is a debatable issue, and could be challenged in court. That being the case, our request is that, out of an abundance of caution, you affix your signature to S. 990 by personally re-signing the enrolled bill. … Furthermore, we ask that you commit to ending the practice of using an autopen to sign bills passed by Congress.

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Today’s AJC Politifact Georgia looks at Baltimore Raven linebacker Ray Lewis’ claim that a continued NFL lockout would result in an increase in crime.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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74 comments Add your comment

Centrist

June 17th, 2011
9:18 am

Any wonder a newly proposed transportation tax is in trouble after so many county sales tax hikes, local option sales tax additions for schools, roads, sewers, economic zones, SPLOST taxes, gas taxes?

Continually raising taxes has to stop somewhere.

Oh, and on the (Democrat) head of the state ethics commission’s after election continued partisan attack on Deal with the AJC still pounding away – the election is long over, and YOU LOST BIG! Even Roy Barnes has stopped his negative attacks.

deegee

June 17th, 2011
9:20 am

I can’t wait for more news on the Nathan Deal-Patrick Millsaps “I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.” story. There is no wrath like that of a woman scorned and I hope that Stacey Kalberman is in it to win it.

Atlmom

June 17th, 2011
9:22 am

There is no bigger proponent of mass transit than me.
but.
1) I already pay a 1% sales tax for transportation in Fulton.
2) Many of the projects for that program are roads, and i don’t want any more roads.

So I’m voting against.
If the legislature had any balls at all, they would just raise taxes. They should be making these decisions that is why we elect them. Just like last year’s vote for a $10 increase in register fees for our cars. ENOUGH ALREADY. Have the gumption to do your job, STOP making the voters do it for you. It costs SO MUCH money to put it on the ballot in the first place.

WE have lost our way

June 17th, 2011
9:24 am

Better check to see what Sonny is getting to support Pawlenty. Rumor has it that if Pawlenty is elected President;Sonny can build a GO FISH museum in every state.

Aquagirl

June 17th, 2011
9:43 am

Atlmom saved me the trouble of writing an entire post. Transportation and water are the two huge issues that must be addressed NOW if the state wants to avoid rapid decline. But another 1% for more roads? [bleep] no.

What genius drafting the proposal thought this would fly with Fulton and DeKalb voters?

Centrist

June 17th, 2011
9:43 am

The head of the state ethics commission (Milsaps) understands that budget cuts are necessary during these times and the complaining executive secretary attorney who had her pay trimmed quit. She (Kalberman) is NOT the head of the state ethics commission as misrepresented in this blog, but a disgruntled employee who quit. The Democratic party organ, Common Cause via William Perry, is also feeding the AJC this tripe which they gladly highlight and distort.

Marcus Polus

June 17th, 2011
9:45 am

I was all for the transportation tax until earlier this week. When they announced that MARTA into Gwinnett was off the table, I lost interest.

Why would you pull the *one* thing that can make a huge positive effect on traffic from the NE side of town?

Without mass rail transit, the bill is worthless.

Darko

June 17th, 2011
9:51 am

If the current transportation funding system wasn’t such a mess (gas tax goes to Washington which keeps a cut for its bureaucracy then arbitrarily returns it to the states for such “transportation related” items as museums), maybe there would not be a need for new transportation funding.

the original and still the best John Galt

June 17th, 2011
9:51 am

Raising taxes during a Depression is inexcusable, even if said tax increase is voted on, and even if it is disguised as a “fee.” Politicians who advocate raising taxes should be replaced. Unfortunately most of the populace is still happily oblivious.

PMC

June 17th, 2011
9:52 am

Why would having Sonny Perdue’s support be a good thing? Maybe if you’re operating a toll road I guess.

PMC

June 17th, 2011
9:54 am

I wonder if we would ever get a mass transit specific tax on the table.

DannyX

June 17th, 2011
10:00 am

It’s sickening how the conservative media spins everything to the far right. Yes of course the AJC has joined the ranks of the very biased conservative media. The Transportation tax is a prime example of the right wing takeover.

The AJC is walking hand and hand with the Republicans on the latest Republican “We want to raise your taxes scheme.” Every single AJC article/column tries to spin the new Republican tax in a positive way.

The other obvious case of AJC pandering to the far right Tea Partiers was that front page photo of all those white people working on the farms. LOL! The AJC is so anti-liberal they made it seem that white people were jumping in to save the crops. That lasted about 2 days.

Of course it turns out Deal is a CROOK! You didn’t know that from reading the bias right wing propaganda AJC Machine. News agencies across the State are coming up with story after sorry story implicating Deal and his shady dealings. The AJC is so in need of a new GOP Poster Boy they stopped doing their investigative work.

The AJC is so tired of propping up Republican leaders, Richardson, Perdue, Oxendine, State Senate leadership, State House leadership, Newt, Cain, Chip Rogers, that they just ignored Deal. They were going to have a GOP icon filthy or not.

AJC and Republicans, stop ramming this Transportation Tax down our throats.

Cyril

June 17th, 2011
10:04 am

Can we nominate Atlmom to the state legislature? Personally, I could not agree more. Marcus Polo… I don’t think transit into Gwinnett is off the table. It wouldn’t be MARTA, but it would tie into it, I believe.
I wonder if the state will back down on the cost of building projects in areas where the sales tax doesn’t pass. I’ve been surprised to see little to no talk about this in the press. It’s a big reason for local politicians to support the tax, but it doesn’t seen to be an issue that will garner public support.

DJ Sniper

June 17th, 2011
10:07 am

If this transportation tax won’t go towards funding new rail projects, then I won’t be voting for it. The state of Georgia and the metro Atlanta area have GOT to come into the 21st century and realize that we need to reduce our dependency on cars. Adding more roads will just add more traffic to what we already have. Other cities have gotten on board with rail, but as usual, we insist on dragging a** behind everybody else.

The short sighted views of our elected officials and the people who voted for them is going to be the death of this place.

Atlmom

June 17th, 2011
10:23 am

Thanks Cyril! :)

It’s crazy when I talk to some people who seem to think that if there is rail, then they will be forced to use it. They seem to think it is preferable to say: oh, I just don’t leave my house between XXX and YYY. Really? that’s better?
I tell people: if you want to drive your car, great, but wouldn’t it be better if there were fewer cars on the road? They don’t like that answer. We will never get ‘rid’ of cars, especially in Atlanta, but if we can get people around the area, that would be great.
Someone recently told me a nearby restaurant had to put in fewer parking spaces because they are near the beltline and the ordinance says that they need fewer spaces because of it (because in 30 or 40 years, it will be built, I suppose). I said: great (others were complaining about the lack of spaces).
I have said for years: in the city, ELIMINATE any new parking for businesses. Make them have ZERO parking spaces. For apartment complexes, for businesses, etc…people think I’m crazy, then i explain that ONLY THEN will the businesses lobby for transit. And that seems to be the ONLY way that we will actually get transit in this area. Because if the businesses are not behind it, we can all blow in the wind. If they get behind it and lobby for it – then maybe we will get somewhere.

RetiredSoldier

June 17th, 2011
10:28 am

Who is pissing and moaning now DannyX

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 17th, 2011
10:32 am

Enter your comments here

KILJOY

June 17th, 2011
10:34 am

I plan to vote no.

This is far too much money to entrust to politicians. I have no doubt that a large percentage of this money would be stolen, given to friends and family or used for every kind of boondoogle. The only answer is for the politicans to appoint a completely independent commission of experts to draw up a comprehensive transportation plan, show it to the voters, place tough restrictions on the administration of those funds and then set forth stiff punishment upfront for any deviation or misuse of the funds. Both the Governor and the Legislature must be removed from the equation entirely. Anything short of this and I will be voting no.

BB

June 17th, 2011
10:40 am

Atlmom, I say the same thing about parking all the time, especially areas of midtown, downtown, & buckhead. I think new condo towers should come with unbundled parking spaces. This means that rather than building spaces to certain minimums the city requires and rather than the condo buyer being given a parking space as part of the purchase, the buyer has to purchase the parking space separately. What happens is that the condo units become much cheaper for people who don’t need parking spaces. Also, it makes the developer think twice about just how much parking do they really need to build. Because they dont want to get stuck with spaces they can’t sell.

DagnyT

June 17th, 2011
10:42 am

I’ve said I wasn’t going to vote for the transportation tax as long as I continue to pay a toll that was supposed to end on Georgia 400. I did, however, review the list of projects looking for something bold and innovative to change my mind. What I found was a very vague wish list for maintenance counties and cities should already be doing, like timing traffic lights and “corridor improvements”, bike paths, resurfacing and then there’s an air traffic control tower. I’m not sure how the air traffic control tower is going to help with Metro Atlanta’s ground traffic issues. I am underwhelmed and voting “no”.

No More Taxes

June 17th, 2011
10:42 am

@ Atlmom, I am not a mass transit proponent at all but I totally agree with the conclusion of your first comment. It is not our job to raise taxes on ourselves. That is why it is called a REPRESENTATIVE government. It is the legislator’s job to vote yea/nay on taxes and then live with the consequences.

Most of our legislators have no idea of how our system of government is supposed to work. I wonder how many have read the US or State Constitutions with understanding.

Road Scholar

June 17th, 2011
10:44 am

Dako: The Federal gas tax goes to Washington and we get back about 92%. The State gas tax stays here!

Transit needs to be in the list of projects, butIi was wondering if anyone was going to mention why the MARTA tax isn’t being discontinued in Dekalb and Fulton. All residents of the region benefit from MARTA; If you don’t beieve it, lets shut MARTA down for a week and see what congestion is really like!

As for ethics, layoff one or two of the added peronnel in the governor’s office and fund these positions. We need an unbiased examination of the state’s activities, esp when elected officials think that they are above the law. Oh yeah I forgot the conservative mantra:” we don’t need no stinking regulation”!! BS!

bb

June 17th, 2011
10:46 am

Atlmom, I competely agree with you. What people don’t really want to admit is they don’t want mass transit because they don’t want “the people” who use mass transit coming through their area. A NIMBY issue.

Road Scholar

June 17th, 2011
10:47 am

bb: No, it’s “those people”.

tar and feathers party

June 17th, 2011
10:50 am

You’re rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ the tax is doomed, Cobb County taxpayers are not going to pay taxes that go to the crooked city of Atlanta, the equally crooked MARTA, or anywhere else other than Cobb County. We already have our own transportation tax, so forget about us paying anything more!

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 17th, 2011
10:52 am

I wouldn’t worry about transportation. Those who are trying to take us back to the 19th century with their political views will probably enjoy driving on gravel, pot-holed filled roads.

And since everyone will be packing heat no one dare complain.

Double Zero Eight

June 17th, 2011
10:54 am

The tax is doomed. The way the lines were drawn for the
10 county metro region is irrational. Every county that
borders Fulton should be included. Forsyth and Carroll
are not. Henry and Paulding are included. Paulding does
not even have an interstate running through it.

Resdidents of Carroll and Paulding can vote against
their regional tax and reap the benefits of the tax for
the metro region if it passes. If I lived in Carroll or
Paulding and worked in Atlanta or Fulton County,
there is very little incentive for me to vote for the tax for
my designated region.

Disgusted Republican

June 17th, 2011
10:54 am

Good story about the problems with the State Ethics Commission and right on the money, Aaron! Keep plugging as to uncover skullduggerly by public officials of either party is a public service. We have enough problems with our economy in the tank, folks out of work, and the state and nation going broke and these types of sleazebags bear most of the responsibility. As one who ran political campaigns for many years, and served as a county Republican Party Secretary, I have never seen it this bad. Oh..we have always had some scummy politicians in both parties but these hogs are just too much! This is why I am a “Disgusted Republican” and I despise those who give our party a bad name. Keep at it, Aaron! It may not get you a Pulitizer but it will sure help clean up the state! And pay no attention to these “Deal conduct defenders” who defend wrongdoing on this blog by trying to blame the State Ethics Commission. They may have questionable motives.

Double Zero Eight

June 17th, 2011
10:55 am

Spelled “residents” incorrectly in my previous post in last paragraph.

jd

June 17th, 2011
10:56 am

Bet those Congressman don’t sign their letters to constituents~

Phillip

June 17th, 2011
10:57 am

To the writer who incorrectly identifies as “Centrist,” how many ethics scandals can Nathan Deal run from? I’ve lost count.

Your comments about Common Cause are simply wrong. You are also wrong about continuously raising taxes. Revenues are way down right now. We have been continuously lowering taxes for about a decade now and these deadbeat elected officials won’t pay for the size government that they voted for.

Citizens want responsible and accountable spending on all sorts of things from defense to education to Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid and yet folks like you insist on more and more tax cuts. It’s this type of mentality that is drowning the opportunities of future generations and will force radically high tax rates in the future. You should change your name to “Selfish” b/c it would be a much better fit.

LC

June 17th, 2011
11:05 am

Enough of tax increases!

Ramguy

June 17th, 2011
11:09 am

PMC 9:52 am Why would having Sonny Perdue’s support be a good thing?

KInda like asking Nathan Deal and his clan advice about opening a store that caters to outdoorsmen.huh?

Centrist

June 17th, 2011
11:13 am

@ Phillip – Rehashing the politically motivated ethics issues from Deal’s last campaign is just more politics. ALL of these issues were fully vetted and resulted in no action.

Tax rates ARE being continuously raised via the list I gave above, and along with reneging on stopping the GA 400 toll – the public is fed up. Yes, revenues went down because people earned and spent less during this brutal recession. They are paying the same percentage of their income (and increasingly more as tax rates go up with all of these additions). Government budgets simply must be cut to reflect the recession related loss of revenue if there are not enough “rainy day” funds instead of attempting to get greater percentages of taxes from taxpayers.

Doomed indeed

June 17th, 2011
11:13 am

Of course the tax is doomed. For example, on the TSPLOST draft project list in Bartow County is Route D-VE for the US 411 Connector. It costs taxpayers nearly $200 million more than GDOT’s previously approved route. Why on Earth would taxpayers vote for this measure, when projects like this are going to waste our tax dollars? I can only imagine all the other overpriced, unchecked projects that are being included throughout the state. GDOT and the state need to work smarter and more efficient, before they rip more money from our wallets. Evidently a group, http://www.coalitionfortherightroad.com, is trying to stop the route/waste of tax money and have started a petition as well – http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/411corr. Bottom line is, GDOT/the state continues to burn money like its growing on trees.

MrLiberty

June 17th, 2011
11:14 am

I sat in on that farce of a “town hall” meeting the other night. I was surprised that I was called, but as one of the 15 people left in Atlanta with a land line I get all the telemarketers and pandering politicians’ calls I guess.

All I heard from these 3 clowns (Decatur’s mayor, CEO Ellis, and some guy from the ARC was a lot of comments that screamed desperation more than instilled confidence. The Decatur mayor even went so far as to say regarding a question about covering operating costs on new transit (trains) “theoretically these types of systems are supposed to be self-supporting.” What a load of crap. I doubt there is a single mass transit system in the world that is self-supporting. They are all propped up with government subsidies (money stolen from one group involuntarily and then given to the system). Maybe a few in europe actually pay for themselves or maybe even a few in Japan, but there ridership is enormous, cities are compact, and the trains actually go where people need them to go. MARTA has likely been in the red since it was constructed and no amount of manipulation of the percentages (something these bozos all expressed support for) will fix that. More money for operating expenses (derived from yet another penny tax) will not solve the problem of poor maintenance that will result from the shift of dollars. From the CEO and the ARC guy was also words like “hope” and “predict” to go with other statements about viability and use of the proposed trains, etc.

As with everything else these penny taxes go for, the money can only be used for construction, not operation. So we will build more trains to nowhere that nobody but a handful will use and then the legislature and the systems beneficiaries will be begging for more money to cover the red ink as the system hemmorages.

AS WITH ALL SPLOST MEASURES, THIS ONE DESERVES A BIG NO !

Halftrack

June 17th, 2011
11:16 am

The revised Legislation for restructuring of GADOT was bad Legislation. Regions will not work and only the big Metro Regions can / may be able to operate under this system. It also will favor large contractors. The whole idea is wrong headed. As others have also noted there is too much SPLOST projects for people to pay on already.

bunky

June 17th, 2011
11:17 am

DeKalb Fulton Residents: Wake up! If you want any regional money for transit the sales tax is the vehicle. the current plan would put 60+% of the money for transit, this is best you are going to get. It will also fund extending transit into other counties like Cobb and Gwinnett and get them linked into the regional system. Its not perfect, but what do you think is the alternative? There will be no/limited Federal money in the future, we have to fund these improvements ourselves.

Mike

June 17th, 2011
11:17 am

NFL and more crime??? What….is Ray Lewis going to kill someone else??

As for Sonny Perdue……that fat hog commenting on legislation and actions that harm the state??? What a moron!

And for the Ethics Commission…..yeah, Nathan Deal and his inside bunch are all corrupt. But then again, none of Georgia’s leadership really want anyone taking a close look at their finances and affairs.

rojer

June 17th, 2011
11:19 am

Im pretty liberal but I doubt I will be voting for this either. That preliminary list has so many projects that I dont care about and dont impact me. I want real mass transit and projects inside or around the Atlanta city limits. The money should stay in the counties where the revenue is raised. So at least half (if not 2/3rds or more) should go to Fulton/DeKalb/Cobb/Gwinnett, but it seems that they are gonna spread it out in a bunch of places I never go.

I dont even care about the tax increase, I care about the projects and the projects are wrong.

djjackson1@hotmail.com

June 17th, 2011
11:24 am

I would vote NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO concerning all newly proposed transportation tax in the future because my county has yet to renew roads in my area from the previous tax hike !

mp

June 17th, 2011
11:29 am

All highways operate in the red. They are taxpayer funded and taxpayer maintained.

Brian

June 17th, 2011
11:30 am

DannyX – ObamaCare? Anyone? I’m sure you were on the blogs two years ago howling and moaning about that bill being “rammed down our throats,” right?

And since when has the AJC EVER been in lockstep with right wing politics? This must have been a new development within the last 20 minutes.

Obama is Wrong

June 17th, 2011
11:44 am

I’ll be voting No on the tax but for the opposite reason as Atlmom. MARTA is useless. Doesn’t go where I want/need to go and is not safe. The transport tax doesn’t address the traffic needs close to me, it seems only to concentrate on traffic into the city. Guess what, I don’t typically drive into the city but to the malls/stores around me. I’m 10 minutes from my work and don’t have to get on a highway to get there. Besides, the govt already has too much of my tax money and they don’t spend it properly as it is. They promised the Ga 400 toll would only be until the road was paid off and then they extended the toll. Nope, I want a representative who is cutting my taxes and will not vote for any future SPLOSTs until my other taxes have been cut. I personnally hope the transport tax is defeated overwhelmingly. Our representatives ought to be ashamed of themselves trying to increase taxes, especially in this economy.

yuzeyurbrane

June 17th, 2011
11:53 am

Education should be the #1 priority of state and local govt. Then, perhaps, public health issues. I normally support transportation issues but if I had to choose between our priorities I would pick the other 2 first.

Aquagirl

June 17th, 2011
11:56 am

I doubt there is a single mass transit system in the world that is self-supporting.

Oh, here’s another asphalt-slurper who thinks road systems aren’t subsidized. With input from people like this, no wonder the proposal is a complete mess.

Atlmom is right again, THIS is why we have representative government, planners trying to accommodate ideas of someone who hasn’t the slightest idea in h3ll what they are talking about (but is damn sure of his brilliance) is why we’ll be sitting in traffic for another 50 years.

yuzeyurbrane

June 17th, 2011
12:01 pm

As to the fiddling while Rome burns award, it looks like that merry band of Graves, Kingston and Gingrey win hands down. Don’t they have anything to do that goes beyond petty partisanship? As to Deal’s ethical problems, SURPRISE!!! The fact that this is merely typical of Georgia’s political class does not make it right. But it will be up to the media to do old-fashioned investigative journalism to do the job. Don’t count on self-regulation by the pols. Are you up to it? P.S. did you notice that State Senator Murphy, Chairman of Banking Comm., just had a property foreclosed on? That will certainly change his view about protecting banks. . . NOT!

DJ Sniper

June 17th, 2011
12:05 pm

I figured it wouldn’t be long before someone came in with the “I don’t use rail, so why would I want more of it” comment, or something to that effect. People, we have to look at the big picture. You personally may not use rail, but there are thousands of others here who would use it and benefit greatly. Again, this city needs to get with the current times.

Real Athens

June 17th, 2011
12:11 pm

Common Cause, Democratic Party organ? Misleading at best, an outright lie at worst. It was founded in 1970 by Republican former cabinet secretary under Lyndon Johnson, John W. Gardner as a “citizens’ lobby” with a mission focused on making U.S. political institutions more open and accountable.

Common Cause in the past has had much more in common with Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and John McCain than the Democratic Party — supporting the two previous in Presidential elections and the formers’s efforts at instituting campaign finance reform.

jd

June 17th, 2011
12:11 pm

When this country starts acting like a country again (instead of all this “personally”, “I”, “mine”, “me” baloney) — we’ll make progress