Throughout the next year, regional paranoia is likely to be a large part of the debate over the transportation sales tax for metro Atlanta. East Atlanta Patch offers up one example:
State Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, tells his East Atlanta constituents that they and other intown neighborhoods hold the power in a tax proposal that could raise $7 billion dollars for metro Atlanta road, rail and bridge builds.
He suspects they’ll demand more transit and fewer restrictions on Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
“I think that some changes with respect to MARTA and some changes with regard to other transit are going to have to be addressed in the next legislative session in order to set up the transportation referendum for success,” Carter said Tuesday night at the East Atlanta Community Association’s monthly meeting.
That sounded vaguely familiar. So I checked a recording of Monday night’s Republican debate of five candidates for the northeast Cobb County seat of the late state Rep. Bobby Franklin.
Robert Lamutt, a former state senator and congressional candidate, summed up what seemed to be a unanimous opinion about the transportation sales tax:
”I think it is unbelievably foolish for us to support raising taxes so that DeKalb and Fulton County can control our tax dollars.”
Next week, Gov. Nathan Deal will have a fundraiser in north Fulton County. Consider it a chance for former supporters of Karen Handel – state Reps. Edward Lindsey and Lynn Riley among them – to make amends. See the invite here.
Over at Peach Pundit, political/policy strategist Mark Rountree has compiled a list of the 10 most vulnerable state House Republicans. They include Doug McKillip of Athens (No. 4) and Rich Golick of Smyrna (No. 8).
Former U.S. congressman Erwin Mitchell died Tuesday at the age of 87. His career spanned decades, but this passage in his obituary leaped out as an example of how times and attitudes have changed:
In 1990, he helped found The Georgia Project, a nonprofit agency that helped Hispanic immigrants and teachers in Dalton bridge cultural and language barriers. Immigrants, spurred by Georgia’s carpet industry increased the number of Spanish speakers in the Dalton area, and the schools needed help with the transition, said Mrs. Zeller.
The Georgia Project developed a partnership with the University of Monterrey in Mexico, where Georgia teachers could attend seminars there to learn Spanish and learn about the Mexican culture.
In his later years he received numerous honors for his work on the project.
Richard Belcher of Channel 2 Action News continues to dog DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton over her love for luggage while on taxpayer-paid junkets:
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider