Metro Atlanta firms as voter turnout machines

You may not know it yet, but if you work for a large company in metro Atlanta, you’re about to become part of one of the most unusual political campaigns this state has ever seen.

Most battles for votes are conducted through flyers that arrive in your mailbox, robocalls to your phone, or TV ads that wheedle or bully their way into your living room. And supporters of a new sales tax for transportation intend to use each of these standard-issue weapons.

But over the next few weeks, backers of the July 31 tax referendum will add a campaign instrument never before seen in Georgia, at least not on this scale: A boss who puts an arm around your shoulder and urges you to do the “right” thing.

More than 400 businesses, including most of metro Atlanta’s largest, have committed to turning out an extra 50,000 voters well-versed in the financial impact of traffic congestion. Their employees, in other words.

“There’s never been a campaign like it in Georgia,” said Paul Bennecke, a strategist for the pro-tax effort.

“Those companies represent more than 400,000 employees. It’s a lot bigger than the tea party, let’s put it that way,” said Sam Williams, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, which is coordinating the turnout effort.

“These are people with a financial stake in the consequence,” Williams said. Not ideologues, not party loyalists. “They’re looking at the bottom line.”

When it comes to hard-fought political confrontations, businesses have a well-earned reputation for timidity. They are not eager to offend customers. They write checks, they endorse causes, but they do not normally act as ward heelers or turnout machines.

That firms in Atlanta are willing to make an exception is an indication of just how dire the situation is, argues Williams. “They realize the significance of this, for their own employees, for their companies’ success.”

(Cox Media Group, the parent company of this newspaper, has made financial contributions to the transportation sales tax campaign.)

A few glimpses of this new corporate politicking:

– On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ventured north into Alpharetta, to address hundreds of Siemens employees who are assembling the motor parts for the Atlanta Streetcar project. The mayor quickly shifted conversation to the proposed Beltline project, an interior city circuit that would be funded through the Transportation Investment Act, the matter up for a vote next month.

“I hope every single person that’s working for Siemens is going to be out there voting for the T.I.A,” Reed said. With Siemens’ drive technologies division president Doug Keith close at hand, the employees burst into applause.

– Delta CEO Richard Anderson has sent a letter to thousands of metro Atlanta employees, urging them to support the transportation sales tax, Williams said.

– Karole Lloyd, vice chair and Southeast area managing partner in the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP, has sent an electronic invitation to all her employees for a two-hour meeting on July 31, Williams said. Acceptance of the invitation is a commitment to use the time to go vote.

Think of it as a United Way campaign. With teeth.

– Doug Hertz is president and CEO of United Distributors, Inc., in Smyrna, the state’s largest wholesaler of beer and wine, and one of the largest privately held companies in metro Atlanta.

His company has about 1,000 employees. Over the next few weeks, Hertz and other members of management will hold small group meetings with employees. To accountants and customer service employees, Hertz will emphasize the time lost to commuting. “That’s something everyone can relate to,” he said in a telephone interview from New York.

To his 200-member sales force, most of whom work on commission, he’ll emphasize the cash they lose when they can make only eight in-person calls a day rather than 14. “Their offices are their cars. They’re going from one account to another,” Hertz said.

Truck drivers will require little persuasion. United Distributing has 200 vehicles on metro Atlanta roads every day, each tracked with a GPS unit. The speed of all vehicles is constantly charted. “Idle time – time spent traveling at 5 miles per hour or less – amounts to at least an hour per day per vehicle. It’s a huge loss to us,” Hertz said.

The CEO says that, though he will push his employees to the polls, he won’t tell them which way to vote. But it’s clear which way he’d like them to.

The role that corporate-driven voters will play in the referendum is small, but significant. Summer primaries are usually modest affairs that attract only the most committed Republican and Democratic voters.

Georgia currently has 5.8 million registered voters. But over the last six years, three primary elections have turned out roughly 1 million voters statewide each time. Of 2.3 million registered voters in the 10-county metro Atlanta area covered by this sales tax referendum, an estimated 350,000 voters are expected to participate.

Most of those voters will be Republican – not a deck stacked for passage of a new sales tax. But let’s say that metro Atlanta’s businesses drive not 50,000, but only 25,000 new voters to the polls – voters who are more likely to behave like the more moderate participants in general elections.

That’s a 7 percent swing. And that could make all the difference in a close contest.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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78 comments Add your comment

Todd

June 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

If sit here and do nothing we lose. Transportation drives our State whether it is roads or rail.

Laurie

June 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

Thank you for letting me know which companies to avoid doing future business with. Nothing like a bully employer to set the tone of this issue for people already not sure of their own job security. If those employers really cared about their employees, they would support more telecommuting and flex time options. I work from home 3 days a week, and I now rank my current employer as one of my best employers. Less cars on the road during peak commute times means more efficient use of the roadways we have, not to mention a better work-life balance for the people working in and around Atlanta.

Mr. KnowitAll

June 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

Now, if the TIA/TSPLOST would only relieve congestion, it would keep these corporate heads from becoming out-and-out liars.

Folks….this massive tax increase WILL NOT RELIEVE CONGESTION. The project lists are mainly transit (rail) that effects only 3-5% of commuters, and development projects (Beltline) that will not have a material impact on traffic.

It is a SCAM to line the pockets of corporations and developers. DON’T FALL FOR IT! Vote NO!!!

Bill from Atlanta

June 23rd, 2012
9:47 am

Todd, this is another scam!! I’m not voting for it

Everybody gets a piece of the action...except citizens

June 23rd, 2012
9:58 am

Corporate welfare indeed. I am voting no.

professional skeptic

June 23rd, 2012
10:06 am

Well, well. What do we have here? The tea baggers at odds with the corporations? Now this is something you don’t see every day…

Centrist

June 23rd, 2012
10:33 am

This is why we have the secret ballot. Maybe corporate bosses would like a “card check” style vote like unions are pushing – to force a public vote with repercussions for voting “wrong”.

Not mentioned is that there is a LOT of traditional organization by the opposition via such groups as: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/groups/georgia/ and http://www.traffictruth.net/

I thought so...

June 23rd, 2012
10:38 am

sounds like they are a bit desperate for votes if they have to “encourage” people in that manner. Maybe its time for Sam Williams to retire. My corporation canceled our membership several years ago.

DannyX

June 23rd, 2012
10:57 am

“Corporations are people too my friends!”

Countrywide is on your side, vote YES.

Jeff A. Taylor

June 23rd, 2012
11:03 am

….Not ideologues, not party loyalists. “They’re looking at the bottom line.”….

So Jim, I take it the first bit of that you editorializing? Only ideologues oppose TIA/TSPLOST? Is that really what you think?

If so, you’ve got it exactly backwards. It is the light rail-obsessed pro-taxers who live in a fact-free bubble. Any actual hard, flinty no-nonsense look at the bottom-line tells you these projects never deliver the promised benefits and instead are endless sinkholes of money. (Although they do provide a ton of subsidized development options for insiders and plenty of fat union jobs.)

Repeat after me: Light rail is not transportation, it is redevelopment. Once you understand this all becomes clear. Just don’t count on any Chamber type to level with you.

PS — Your readers might have appreciated a fuller ID for Mr. Hertz — one which included all his various civic positions, which seem at least as relevant in explaining this position on this issue.

Newt is nuts

June 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

Seriously, Jim, how can you report this with a straight face? There will not be a major improvement in traffic because the same knuckleheads who think the Beltline and the Auburn Avenue trolley car boondoggle are worthwhile will be wasting this money on similar non-essential projects. Give more sales tax money to the same people who promised to roll back the 400 toll after the bonds were paid off? Hell no!

Burroughston Broch

June 23rd, 2012
11:44 am

Jim is following orders from upstairs. Cox is tied in tight with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the political power structure.
Remember, the Metro Atlanta Chamber denied that there was any cheating in the Atlanta Public Schools. Cox went their own way when it became to their advantage.

MrLiberty

June 23rd, 2012
11:55 am

Yes, count on everyone who will financially benefit to join the effort. In a free market that was free of government manipulation of the marketplace you would see these companies rallying together to secure private funding, private investors, and putting together a sound business plan to encourage VOLUNTARY solutions to the area’s transportation needs. But instead they are using the force, power, and guns of government and the vehicle of the ballot box and the tyrany of “democracy” to institute a theft mechanism (called a tax to make it sound nicer) to steal the money they know they could not raise voluntarily with such a corrupt and horrible plan.

Welcome to america, where a minority of the overall population will have the ability to force yet another tax on the general population to pay for the HUGE profits of a very small minority of government favored business (that likely most government officials are already heavily invested in).

And we wonder how this mess got so bad.

JUST VOTE NO. There is actually a way to send a message to our corrupt leaders that we will not take it anymore.

Former Tea Partier

June 23rd, 2012
12:02 pm

I will support companies that support the TSPLOST. They get it and are investing in Georgia. Thanks!

Seriously?

June 23rd, 2012
12:28 pm

Businesses overstepping their bounds here. It’s none of my boss’ business how I vote, and I’m at work to do my job not hear political propaganda. My mailbox, voice mail, Tv, radio, and newspaper are more than enough

If I worked for any of these people, I’d vote no just because they did this

No Teabagging

June 23rd, 2012
12:47 pm

Hey Mr. KnowItAll. Look at the TIA implementation schedule. The beltline and rail projects wont happen for 20-30 years. Road improvements come first.

Another Voice

June 23rd, 2012
12:53 pm

The list has very few RAIL projects. The vast majority of projecst are more asphalt in nature. And with no real accountability for the portion that goes to local governments, not to mention that the D-DOT is going to be running this, there’s no way I’m in favor. Don’t care how many civici leaders are in favor.
There are so many back-room type deals that are folded into this list that we aren’t solving transportation problems. We’re just trading favors.

Why are we still waiting for a viable high-speed rail solution to Birmingham, Charlotte or central Florida? Because DELTA doesn’t want it.

Funny how the corporate types are all in favor of a tax that they won’t be paying. And no amount of argument over the number of jobs created will sway my decision. These are short-term jobs, seasonal in nature, and that is not goign to help our state recover. Invest in real job growth — EDUCATION. Put teachers back in classrooms, educate kids so that they are ready for high-paying jobs.

janet

June 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

If you improve mass transit then more people will use it. And that is the best form of traffic congestion reduction a metro area can have. Not only will be people use to get to work, play, visit, school, and other daily chores. It will enhance our metro area as a visitor friendly place.

Shar

June 23rd, 2012
1:07 pm

Wow. Does anyone need clearer evidence that TIA is a scam from first to last and will benefit only those with their hands poised over the till?

Sam Williams, fresh from his starring role in trying to cover up the APS cheating scandal by jerry-rigging the “Blue Ribbon Commission” and writing out the conclusion it was to arrive at in his email soliciting potential members, is now mobilizing corporate Atlanta to prostitute employees by pressuring their votes. Utterly abominable.

Not content with their massive disinformation campaign (traffic improvements will be miniscule, apply only to a tiny percentage of those paying the taxes and are based on current traffic loads, which will be far outstripped in the ten years before the improvements come on line), supporters of this tax have tampered with the ballot through biased and unfounded “preamble” language, manipulated the time of the vote to achieve the lowest possible turnout and issued threats of “no plan B” if taxpayers don’t swallow the waste and political payoffs presently on the project list and now have corralled their employees to pressure their votes.

With the state budgets leaner and without quite as much tax money to slurp up, Atlanta corporate tycoons are apparently determined to create another pile of poorly-supervised funding to dip into. There really isn’t even a pretense among supporters that this proposal could stand on its merits – the only hope is to lie, cheat and intimidate.

Why would anyone vote for this?

Shar

June 23rd, 2012
1:11 pm

Let these businesses forego their tax exemptions and pay like the rest of us before they ask taxpayers to take on extra taxes. Delta, why are you still not paying your fuel tax yet trying to use your employees to make me pay incremental tax?

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
1:47 pm

{{”Most of those voters will be Republican – not a deck stacked for passage of a new sales tax. But let’s say that metro Atlanta’s businesses drive not 50,000, but only 25,000 new voters to the polls – voters who are more likely to behave like the more moderate participants in general elections……That’s a 7 percent swing. And that could make all the difference in a close contest.”}}

That’s assuming that most of those new voters will vote for the T-SPLOST which they most likely won’t.

They can pump-up and boost this thing up all that they want, but the bigger they come, the harder they fall.

The more they boost this thing up, the more of a political disaster it will be when it goes down in flames.

There’s no disputing that there was numerous overwhelming transportation issues that need to be addressed, but this T-SPLOST referendum list is simply a God-awful way to go about attempting to make these improvements.

Putting critically-needed transportation improvements like the reconstruction of the I-285/I-20 West and GA 400/I-285 North interchanges up for a vote with a list filled with economic development and political pet projects in a politically-polarized region (hardcore anti-tax and anti-government OTP suburban conservatives vs. political and socially-liberal Intowners) has got to be the absolute worst transportation-funding idea.

You wanna know why this state is in the mess that it is in, it’s poorly-thought out ideas like the T-SPLOST referendum that are a prime example as to the reason why.

LilstevieM

June 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

Lol…more and more information. ITS A SCAM!! really who is scamming whom? We are way behind in transportation spending (#49), Gas tax is the only dedicated revenues for transportation improvements and over 70% of that is spend in operations and maintenance.

Ga’s biggest employers who are looking to attract new talent, retain employees and have employees who deal with traffic, congestion and poor air quality …are supporting this. Look at the firms mentioned, they are not in the road building business….what do they get out of this SCAM.

The lies and ignorance portrayed by the anti-vote folks on here is amazing. If you want to say..I think our sales tax is high enough and I don’t think this program will help…then say that(you would be wrong, but at least you would be honest and I could respect that). Don’ t make up stuff.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
2:03 pm

Todd

June 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

“If sit here and do nothing we lose. Transportation drives our State whether it is roads or rail.”

I agree, but if we vote against this poorly-thought out, ill-conceived and fatally-flawed T-SPLOST, we win by making our lazy, hapless and self-centered state legislators do the jobs that they were elected by the voters and are paid by the taxpayers to do.

It is the LEGISLATURE’s responsibility to setup direct-funding of important transportation projects, NOT the voters.

And it is the sole responsibility of local political leaders like Kasim Reed to setup funding for what they may deem important economic development projects like the Peachtree Streetcar and the Atlanta Beltline, NOT voters and taxpayers in other parts of the region outside of the incorporated city limits of Atlanta.

If you ask politically-conservative voters in already historically anti-government and tax-adverse suburban areas like Cherokee County or Fayette County to raise their own taxes to fund rehabilitation projects for MARTA and economic development projects in the City of Atlanta, just what in the heck do you expect them to say? One must be hallucinating severely if they expect them to say yes.

And if you ask increasingly transit-underserved political and socially-liberal voters in the City of Atlanta to raise their own taxes to pay for road widenings in ultraconservative OTP counties, you must be completely out of your mind if you expect them to gleefully say yes to that.

This thing was doomed from the start and rightfully so.

Kris

June 23rd, 2012
2:16 pm

@Laurie

“Thank you for letting me know which companies to avoid doing future business with. Nothing like a bully
employer to”
I’m with you!

Corporate bullying and a bully running for president (yuck mitty and president in the same line I need to brush my teeth). Yuck.

VOTE NO…..Anger the trolls, this will…

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
2:20 pm

LilstevieM

June 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

{{”Lol…more and more information. ITS A SCAM!! really who is scamming whom? We are way behind in transportation spending (#49), Gas tax is the only dedicated revenues for transportation improvements and over 70% of that is spend in operations and maintenance.”}}

That’s not the problem of the voters and the taxpayers, that’s the problem of the lawmakers that the voters elected to office.

It’s the LEGISLATURE’S JOB to rectify the problem of inadequate transportation funding, NOT the voters.

If transportation funding is such a huge problem, then maybe they should have fixed it instead of punting the problem away to the voters so that the politicians can blame the voters for their own failure to do the jobs that they were elected to do.

Kris

June 23rd, 2012
2:27 pm

LilstevieM

“Lol…more and more information. ITS A SCAM!! really who is scamming whom? We are way behind in transportation spending (#49)”

And yet another RECORD for he Georgia GOP to be proud of. Nate hope your happy of these records.

Add , lack of ETHICS.
Home foreclose.
Most likely to get a ticket if Stopped and cavity search!!
War on Women.
EDUCATION
Just to name a few.

Attack Dog

June 23rd, 2012
2:40 pm

Come on Dixiecrats. 1. Do you really expect us to believe that you have a spine and will stand up against the Koch Brothers (Georgia Pacific)? 2. Where are all those right reverend conservative who signed that no tax increase pledge? 3. Mayor Reed is trying to work with Dixiecrats, but they will do the same thing they have done with Obama…Revise history.

Attack Dog

June 23rd, 2012
2:45 pm

This is really funny. This is a poorly-thought out, ill-conceived and fatally-flawed T-SPLOST, by lazy, hapless and self-centered Dixiecrat state legislators. Such name calling about your own!

Attack Dog

June 23rd, 2012
2:49 pm

This is a great opportunity for Dixiecrats, Tea Party, the 1% and private enterprise to show that businesses can build out effective and efficient infrastructure projects rather than letting government decide and tax the people.

Attack Dog

June 23rd, 2012
2:58 pm

Has anyone wondered why businesses relocate to Georgia: 1. because of the airport, but build their offices 50-miles away? 2. because of a skilled workforce, but Georgia ranks in the bottom 5% in education? 3. because Georgia is business friendly, but Georgia love to exploit its citizens?

LilstevieM

June 23rd, 2012
3:00 pm

@ last Dem

Right or wrong, you will never get the pols in this state to address these issues regionally again. Each pol will try to get funding for their own district…and screw the guy next door. That works ok for them, but for the you and your neighbors. Did the Pol take a chicken**** way out??…probably…but still we have a chance to address many issues here. Some with immediate impacts, some with impacts 10 years down the road and others that will allow us to leverage Federal programs. None of this happens if this does not pass.

You will get one or two road projects built more than likely with toll roads added in to make up the funding shortfall. If this is your vision for the next decade or more for Ga….so be it I guess.

Newt is nuts

June 23rd, 2012
3:34 pm

Jim, I hope you find these comments not only refreshing but revealing of some deep-seated opposition to what the region’s “leadership” is trying to ram down our throats. I’m encouraged by the wide range of objections that have been expressed. Maybe this damn thing will sink, after all.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
3:37 pm

LilstevieM

June 23rd, 2012
3:00 pm

{{”@ last Dem……Right or wrong, you will never get the pols in this state to address these issues regionally again.”}}

The pols in this state are not addressing these issues now, they’re pushing it off on the voters to address and it will serve them right when it backfires in their faces.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
3:40 pm

Newt is nuts

June 23rd, 2012
3:34 pm

{{”Jim, I hope you find these comments not only refreshing but revealing of some deep-seated opposition to what the region’s “leadership” is trying to ram down our throats. I’m encouraged by the wide range of objections that have been expressed. Maybe this damn thing will sink, after all.”}}

It looks like it will sink as the highest level of support that has been seen in recent weeks is just above 40%, which is down from around 50% in earlier polls when they started polling the public.

The more that people see of this thing, the more that they dislike it.

LilstevieM

June 23rd, 2012
3:54 pm

@ Last dem

even if you correct and it will “serve them right” how is it going to serve us? We the citizens are the ones that are impacted by inaction. They, the pols, will just throw their hands up and say “we tried, you folks voted it down”

As we go 10 more years trying to catch up…we are already 10 years behind, I guess we go 20. more traffic, more fumes, longer commute times, less employment opportunities…yeah that sounds great.

Keep doing this GOP

June 23rd, 2012
4:10 pm

No, no, no, i dont want to pay the 1% sales tax , no no no

Okay, We will make the legislature do their work.

Legislature, okay, we will raise the gas tax to 15% to pay for the needed projects.

Well, im not going to pay…….. wait , what ? I , I dont wanna , oh dang it !! crap.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
4:30 pm

LilstevieM

June 23rd, 2012
3:54 pm

{{”@ Last dem…even if you correct and it will “serve them right” how is it going to serve us? We the citizens are the ones that are impacted by inaction. They, the pols, will just throw their hands up and say “we tried, you folks voted it down”}}

They, the pols, will do their jobs and come up with a more acceptable solution because the voters and the pols’ corporate masters are going to continue to climb all over their lazy, self-centered and overly-entitled a**es to get something done on transportation.

Ex Republican

June 23rd, 2012
4:40 pm

I am voteing NO because the Tax Money going to Northern Altanta and not helping the city traffic or Marta. I ask everybody to vote NO.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
4:41 pm

LilstevieM

June 23rd, 2012
3:54 pm

{{”As we go 10 more years trying to catch up…we are already 10 years behind, I guess we go 20. more traffic, more fumes, longer commute times, less employment opportunities…yeah that sounds great.”}}

Dude, what are you talking about? The Atlanta Region is NOT 10 years behind when it comes to transportation investment.

The Atlanta Region is at least 20 YEARS BEHIND when it comes to transportation investment.

The Atlanta Region has added close to three million new residents over the past two decades growing from 2.9 million people in 1990 just after the completion of the then-massive “Freeing-the-Freeways” reconstruction project to 5.8 million people in 2010.

Despite adding close to three million new residents and more than doubling in population, the Atlanta Region is overly-dependent upon pretty much the same ground transportation infrastructure that it had when the region had half as many residents.

This poorly thought-out and ill-conceived T-SPLOST, which very poorly attempts to fund only a mere fraction of this region’s estimated $100 billion plus in transportation needs along with economic development and political favors and wants, virtually does not even begin to seriously address those needs, being just a lazy and half-hearted drop in a very large political and logistical bucket.

findog

June 23rd, 2012
4:42 pm

The beer sales people must be bad with numbers if they thing the ten minute’s they save in traffic a day will equate to a 40% increase in productivity
All those Delta workers might consider having their corporation pay the same fuel taxes as everyone else instead of being a charity
If you have twist arms is it really to do the right thing?

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
4:49 pm

The only redeeming qualities on the T-SPLOST list are the LONG-overdue reconstructions of the I-285/I-20 West and GA 400/I-285 North interchanges along with maybe some very-limited and bare bones preliminary work on the extension of MARTA heavy rail from Lindbergh to Emory University and on the Atlanta to Macon regional commuter rail line.

Other than the reconstruction of those two major interchanges and some very incomplete preliminary work on some rail transit lines, it’s not really worth this region paying $7 billion in sales taxes on a list full of incompletely, vaguely-worded and poorly-placed infrastructure, economic development and pork-barrel projects and potential boondoogles.

Kris (Thinking

June 23rd, 2012
5:30 pm

The Solution is easy…We gonna get the tax in some form or the other, like it or not.

I suggest we Figure out a way to make those responsible do the right thing.

1. Stop the tax as it stands
2. Redefine what will be done (perhaps scale it back).

How do we make this happen. ?????

Class action lawsuit by the citizens involved in the affective areas against the state of GA.
(there is a lawyer amongst us). Or all the citizens of GA vs the GA government.

I like this one ” Vote all of those responsible OUT of office. and run Natie out on a rail)”.

Folks belly aching and bullying is not going to fix the problem. Shame on the bullies we know who you are

We can figure this out..Were smarter than the politicians.

Question Man

June 23rd, 2012
6:59 pm

Aren’t lawyers already thinking of lawsuits to file if pro-tax proponents/employers use the aggressive tactics that Jim implies?

Debbie Dooley

June 23rd, 2012
7:22 pm

I find it ironic that Delta will be exempt from much of the higher taxes yet they want their employees to pay more. Why are the tax-payers continuing to subsidize Delta by exempting them from paying tax on jet fuel? I thought they were only going to exempt until they were operating in the black again and they are operating in the black now and have been for the last few years. Isn’t it time we quit subsidizing them?

This amounts to coercion in the work place..

Proud Voter

June 23rd, 2012
7:46 pm

So many people who just don’t get it. Georgia NEEDS something to boost its economy. T-splost is the best thing they’ve offered us for a long time. Standing still isn’t getting it done. It’s time to move forward: vote yes!

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
8:10 pm

Proud Voter

June 23rd, 2012
7:46 pm

You’re absolutely right, Georgia does need something to boost its economy, but this T-SPLOST ain’t it.

The fact that so many people think that this poorly-thought out and highly-flawed T-SPLOST is the best thing that we’ve been offered in a long time doesn’t say too terribly much about our lazy, uninspired and self-centered legislators.

The reason why we’ve been standing still and now stand on the verge of political and economic calamity is because our legislators have shirked THEIR responsibility to provide for the maintenance of our increasingly outdated and outmoded transportation network.

It’s time to the make the State Legislature do their damned jobs, the damned jobs that they were elected by the voters of this state to do.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 23rd, 2012
8:16 pm

Force the Legislature to do the job that the voters of this state elected them to do, the job that they are constitutionally-mandated to do, which is to provide for and oversee the maintenance of the road network of this state.

Don’t just vote no, vote HELL NO to T-SPLOST on July 31st!!!!

hiram

June 23rd, 2012
9:06 pm

Just a refresher on Delta’s fuel tax break:

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9NV2LVG1.htm

“Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife received free perks from Delta Air Lines worth nearly $8,000 two weeks after he signed into law a tax break benefiting the company.”

“Deal got those perks after signing legislation on April 27 that gave the airline a partial exemption from the fuel sales tax, valued at $30 million.”

Jackie

June 23rd, 2012
9:07 pm

Just do SOMETHING is a terrible idea. TSPLOST is flawed and need to be defeated. Then they can bring us a plan that will actually improve traffic. Not this turkey. I am voting NO.

Kris (thinning )

June 23rd, 2012
9:08 pm

I hope there lawyers getting ready to stop the tax, but I fear that there is as many lawyers who will profit from the Pro side as well as the con side.
This as Barny Fife says (no not the one in Duluth that just popped from the speed sign that just changed speeds and wrote you a ticket), but the real Barny “we need to NIP this in the bud.

I can ol\nly Vote NO but thats one voice> We need many voices to stop this scam.

Vote HELL NO….Impeach Nate and arrest Sonny and newt.