A Black Caucus member on shifting the sales tax vote

If supporters of next year’s transportation sales tax vote want to see the referendum shifted to November, they’re going to have to deal with people like state Sen. Hardie Davis, an African-American lawmaker from Augusta.

We told you this morning that Senate Republicans have been made uneasy by tea party opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal’s effort to move the vote away from the July primary.

But members of the Legislative Black Caucus, angered by the Republican effort to control local legislation in Fulton and other Democratically controlled counties, have thrown up their own roadblock.

Davis is no bomb-thrower. He is chairman of the Senate Interstate Cooperation Committee, which means he gets along with Republicans well enough.

I ran into Davis on the Capitol stairs late this morning. He put the matter this way: Republicans appear to want the transportation sales tax passed on the backs of Barack Obama supporters. But if they want control of Fulton County, then they’d better be willing to handle the tough votes themselves.

Let the transit vote stay as part of the July 31 primary, Davis said, and pass – or fail – by Republican hands.

Leaders from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, which is directing the sales tax campaign in the 10-county region, intend to have a private session with Senate Democrats on Wednesday morning. “We’re going to give them an earful,” Davis said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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28 comments Add your comment

findog

August 23rd, 2011
2:15 pm

move the vote
include a law that all of these SPLOST votes must occur during a general election, November in the even years and the odd year that Atlanta votes for mayor

findog

August 23rd, 2011
2:17 pm

BTW,
I’ll still vote no
but if we must vote, the largest available voter turnout is the best

Pensive Southeast DeKalb Resident

August 23rd, 2011
2:21 pm

I don’t know that it will pass in July or in November. For the most part, local government officials have done a poor job of explaining the impact of this bill. Some will see just ANOTHER form of taxation. Some see more taxation with disproportionate representation. And the rest either don’t care or they haven’t been convinced that it will do much to help THEM.

Debbie Dooley

August 23rd, 2011
2:30 pm

Please tell me this is a nightmare that I will wake up from.
Republicans turning to Democrats to help pass the largest tax increase in Georgia history. Please tell me this isn’t true…..

Centrist

August 23rd, 2011
2:30 pm

This vote is being driven by government for government. ALL governments desire expansion and revenues. The Democratic Black Caucus will probably fall in line after they use it to extract some concession they want – there is no tax they won’t support. Just using a failure as a club against Republicans is pretty useless since Republicans voting in a primary will have already weighed in.

findog

August 23rd, 2011
2:37 pm

DD,
NO, republican’s hope to raise taxes AND still blame the democrats for ALL NEW TAXES

UPDATE: plate tectonics is unsubstantiated junk science dreamed up by the USGS to keep their jobs and to cost developers extra cost in building which is how the Obama Administration is destroying jobs our illegal immigrants need to work at sub-minimum wages to perpetuate our SPLOST dependent local governments

findog

August 23rd, 2011
2:42 pm

Centrist, no this vote is being driven by Georgia’s historic unwillingness to pay for infrastructure, the white man’s reparations for Sherman: last to complete interstate, last major metropolitan area to realize that sewer and storm water does not belong together, yet to accept that investment in education will not keep the New England mill company’s from shipping those jobs to central America…

WillieRae

August 23rd, 2011
2:45 pm

The transit tax is dead. The voters in dekalb and Fulton will not support it. The excuses are flying but the core consumers for more transit are going to choose NO.
Maybe we can find a way to really deal with traffic now.

Centrist

August 23rd, 2011
3:00 pm

@ findog – governments always ADD taxes to support bigger government. Income, property, and sales taxes have been based upon percentages and all of those percentages have steadily gone up. Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party is just a reaction to this never ending percentage tax increases.

There is nothing “Special” anymore in SPLOST – it is routine, and once the governments got them – they fight hard not to ever let go.

Georgian

August 23rd, 2011
3:03 pm

Sad that GOP has pushed extremism to these levels that cooperation is no longer something they work towards. Good for Sen. Hardie Davis! Make them negotiate if they want your help!

DannyX

August 23rd, 2011
3:06 pm

None of it matters anyway. Earthquakes in the Midwest, another up north.

A hurricane is headed to Georgia and Rick Perry is on the horizon.

Its the end of the world.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

August 23rd, 2011
3:28 pm

And yet strangely I feel fine.

If you believe in a God who will send a hurricane or an Earthquake to punish the wicked, heaven help what you must think of the Devil.

Insider

August 23rd, 2011
3:31 pm

fianlly, some leadership! Thank you, Senator Davis!

Just Wait

August 23rd, 2011
3:42 pm

The real pity is that the Republicans are afraid of a bunch of whiners in tri-cornered hats carrying signs proclaiming to have total knowledge of the will of the people. No wait, the REAL reason is that the Republicans are scared of loosing in the next election if they DON’T do what the whiners in the tri-cornered hats tell them to do. So it’s all about saving jobs, THEIRS! And by the way, vote NO for the tax.

DannyX is a troll

August 23rd, 2011
4:03 pm

………..you can always count on something stupid from a troll

GO Pee

August 23rd, 2011
4:11 pm

The bottom line is this: Georgians don’t have the money to pay a tax that largely hurts the poor and uneducated. An increase in sales tax will drive down sales of goods in the state and it will hurt small businesses and what little tourism we have. Walmart wont have any problems, because they don’t give sales tax they collect to the state, they keep it as a sweetener from their “political appointees”. This tax is being made to resemble something that helps the poor because it “helps Marta”, but it mostly will go to projects to help highway commuters. So there. 9% sales tax. Thats 9 extra dollars for every 100 you spend, and much of it never makes it to the state. Sounds like a good Deal to me.

td

August 23rd, 2011
5:20 pm

findog

August 23rd, 2011
2:17 pm
BTW,
I’ll still vote no
but if we must vote, the largest available voter turnout is the best

I agree with you. Any vote to raise taxes should always be done during a general election.

findog

August 23rd, 2011
5:39 pm

Centrist, sorry I was out
taxes are at the lowest point since the 50’s
where do you get your data?

Alabama Communist

August 23rd, 2011
6:01 pm

More Breaking News On Sales Tax Date………A Spokensperson for the anti-Tax Alien Lizard Society said today, they will move the election date to December 2011 in hope that their Protest group will invade the United States and ban Tea Party Republicans from ever holding political office..

lugnut

August 23rd, 2011
6:52 pm

As a conservative, I ask all to note the Republicans putting this forward. These are the very definition of RINO’s. Take names – vote them out.

Listen Here

August 23rd, 2011
7:53 pm

For those of you who don’t understand this issue (that’s most of you), let me break it down for you: our legislature is too scared to do the smart thing. As long as we stupidly continue to finance our roads/bridges/whathaveyou with the silly gas tax, we will continue to have problems. The gas tax is highly unpredictable, and keeps going DOWN yearly as average gas mileage increases. That doesn’t sound too smart does it…having a budget that decreases every year? What they SHOULD have done is abolish the stupid gas tax, and either have a flat sales tax or institute a system where the driver pays for the total miles that are driven. But, in lieu of having an intelligent legislature that isn’t afraid of confronting TEA party extremists, TSPLOST is better than doing nothing.

Roy

August 23rd, 2011
8:30 pm

If this deal gives me rail where I live then I would vote for it even if it was written by the devil himself. Anyone that wants to sit in traffic for two hours (at least) every single day rather than take a train into the city is loony. Atlanta is now a major city and hub for the southeast. This is not the Atlanta of the seventies or sixties even though there are those that would want it to be. I would kill to have a train from the ATL to Orlando or Charlotte or from downtown to the suburbs. You people need to get over your prejudice with either the poor or minorities. If this was any other major city this would be a no-brainer. Also, if Atlanta pays the most it should get the most otherwise this voter votes NO!

td

August 23rd, 2011
9:44 pm

I keep reading the libs on these blogs talking about the intelligence level of conservatives. I will bet every penny I have that if we compare the SAT scores of Republican voters against Democratic voters in the state of Georgia that the Republicans have a higher score.

SAWB

August 24th, 2011
2:19 am

Why not keep the money from this tax in each county? I do not want one cent of my tax money going to that bohemian boondoggle beltline.

debbie dooley

August 24th, 2011
6:27 am

How responsible is it to give massive amounts of tax payer dollars to MARTA when it has lost 441.5 million dollars since 2009? 85% of the revenue collected within a county will be re-directed to projects in other counties for the common good of the region.

I live in Gwinnett and do not ride MARTA or mass transit. Why should my tax dollars go to help prop up MARTA or construct a few miles of heavy rail?

Buck Mulligan

August 24th, 2011
8:37 am

The new state senate and representative maps have put me in ugly, gerrymandered districts where my vote doesn’t count, then they put me in a bleached out congressional district with Buckhead at its center, so my participation in state elections is over. Now they want me to help them pass a tax to build roads for Republicans in the northern counties? Good luck, motha.

Roy

August 24th, 2011
10:02 am

Some moron commented: I don’t ride MARTA so why build up MARTA. I am certainly glad that the majority of citizens in this country don’t have that simplistic view of the world. It’s like saying I don’t have kids in school so why spend my tax dollars on schools or I don’t like this war so why spend my tax dollars on it. The greater good is what this is about. Building infrastructure that attracts business and industry is what this is about AND about helping do something about the traffic in the metro area for all the citizens here. In any other major metro area this is just common sense. I have spent time in other countries that are a lot smaller and poorer than America and I am embarrassed when I see how efficient their mass transit system are run compared to our build-more-roads and buy-more-gas mentality. If there is not an investment in rail so that I can park in my suburban area and ride the train into the city then this progressive voter votes NO!

Steve Brown

August 24th, 2011
4:16 pm

The latest category in the state legislature is the “MARTA Republicans.” These are the folks who are determined to pull metro Atlanta out of home rule and force the region into paying for MARTA under the guise of a regional transit system. In the future, MARTA and GRTA will be bleeding funds from taxes collected all over the 10-county region, not just Fulton and DeKalb.

With Gov. Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed walking arm-in-arm, you have to wonder where have the Conservatives gone?