Kasim Reed speaks up for TSPLOST: ‘Just surviving means just surviving’

In an unexpectedly passionate speech that took aim at doubters and the news media, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed this morning declared the campaign for the transportation sales tax to be far from dead, and said passage of the July 31 referendum was needed to pull the region out of the doldrums that threaten its economic standing in the South.

“Just surviving is just surviving,” Reed told a group of TSPLOST supporters at City Hall, casting the referendum as a generational test that will determine whether the region can operate in a biracial and bipartisan manner that can attract new businesses and jobs.

Said Reed:

”The city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, we’ve lost 200,000 jobs since the year 2007. We’ve lost 50,000 construction jobs since the year 2007. That hurt doesn’t have a color on it. And you all know as well as anybody that when the unemployment rate spikes for everybody else, it does even more damage to black people, Latino people, and rural people.”

The occasion at City Hall was an endorsement of the 10-county sales tax by the Atlanta Business League and other groups essential to city political efforts. But Reed used the event to make clear that, while Republicans are either hedging their support or opposing the measure, and even many Democrats have lined up against it, he intended to serve as a full-throated advocate during the final stage of the campaign.

The mayor first addressed concerns that the one-cent sales tax wouldn’t do enough for African-Americans in DeKalb and Fulton counties to warrant the support of black voters. Reed stared straight at state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, who was in the audience and has urged opposition. “Some of our friends are saying that it won’t help minority businesses enough. Y’all, that’s just flat-out not true,” Reed said, his eyes still glued on Fort.

Reed then threw cold water on automated polls commissioned by news organizations that show the referendum to be losing support by double digits– by reluctantly offering up a poll commissioned by Untie Atlanta, showing the initiative only three percentage points down.

“We didn’t want to show our poll, because the poll we took before that was better. All I’m asking you to do is call balls and strikes,” the mayor said, addressing the reporters in front of him. “The public deserves to have the facts, and the fact is that this is going to be a close election.”

Here’s a rough transcript of most of Reed’s remarks, with more to follow:

”Y’all, we did what everyone in America has been telling us they wanted to do. We had 18 Republicans and Democrats from rural and urban look at the future of the region and vote unanimously to pare down a list of more than $20 billion down to less than $6.14 billion, and pass it unanimously. And then take it out and put it up for a vote.

“So we’re not placing a burden on you. You have an opportunity to vote on something for yourself. But I need y’all to understand and remember and go text, call, phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, all of your friends and tell them that just surviving leads to just surviving.

“The city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, we’ve lost 200,000 jobs since the year 2007. We’ve lost 50,000 construction jobs since the year 2007. That hurt doesn’t have a color on it. And you all know as well as anybody that when the unemployment rate spikes for everybody else, it does even more damage to black people, Latino people, and rural people. …

“Now we have a solution that your leaders have stood behind, and [Fulton County Commission Chairman] John Eaves is standing behind, and I’m standing behind, and the City Council is standing behind, and it’s going to help create transportation mobility like we’ve never seen, but it’s also going to help us build an infrastructure for the future. And it’s going to put $600 million a year into this local economy.

“Now, some of our friends are saying that it won’t help minority businesses enough. Y’all, that’s just flat-out not true. Let me tell you why. Show me another city in the United States of America that has a longer, more distinguished history – since Maynard Jackson, as mayor of this city – for doing business with women and minority business. Show me one. You’ve got $600 million that’s going to be spent with MARTA, which has robust women and minority and small business inclusion.

“You’ve got another $600 million that’s going to be spent, when we spend this measure, that’s going to be spent on the Atlanta Beltline to give you last-mile connectivity. You’ve got $850 million that’s going to be spent in DeKalb County, which has a robust women and minority business program. I don’t know about your math, but that adds up to $2 billion – about a third of the $6.14 billion. So folks that are saying that minorities and women and small business are not going to have a seat at the table are telling you not to believe your own experience and your own eyes….

“Now, another thing. I’ve been reading a whole lot about polls, about whether or not this is going to win. Take it from somebody who knows how to win when I’m behind. I spent two years behind. So you’ll have to excuse me for not getting nervous when we’ve got two weeks to go…..

“I’ve seen one poll that says we were down by 10 points. I’ve seen another poll that says we were down by 10. This is my challenge. Any news organization that has a poll – we have a poll that says the [race] is 38-41. It’s an 800 [voter] sample, which is in the 3 percent margin of error, which means it’s basically neck-and-neck, dead even. Now, I’ll be honest. We didn’t want to show our poll, because the poll we took before that was better.

“All I’m asking you to do is call balls and strikes….the public deserves to have the facts, and the fact is that this is going to be a close election.

“This election – if you gave every single person in the 10-county region a day off, put the election on Saturday, and emailed everybody a hundred times, and God gave us flawless weather, it was never going to pass by more than 54 percent. You understand me? So don’t get nervous about it being a close election, don’t get nervous about the ups and downs of campaigning. But I need you all to fight for this thing.

“I was with Bill Clinton a couple weeks ago. We were in Chicago. And he was talking about how important it is that we pass this in Atlanta, because people all over the world are watching to see what we’re doing. Look at the New York Times. Look at the Chicago [Sun]-Times, look at the Los Angeles Times. Look at Baron’s. Look at The Economist. They are looking to see whether Atlanta is going to step up and start operating in a bipartisan way that nobody in the Southeast has been able to take on….

“This is what we do in Atlanta…. Folks need to stop rooting against this region. I want y’all to hear that. Y’all remember six years ago – when you lost a job, there were two or three or four other jobs that you could go out and get. Right now you go to work on pins and needles, praying that you don’t lose your job, because there’s nothing else out there. I want you all to have opportunities again. I want you to have a robust economy that allows you to go and do other things.

“And folks who are on the other side of this debate haven’t put up one single solution. I know there’s a lot of talking in the street. But anyone who wants to have a serious debate about this, you tell me where to meet them, anywhere, anyplace, and we’ll have it. And we’ll see if they know what they’re talking about. ‘Cause I’m here to tell you, I’m going all out for this. And I believe in the Winston Churchill model. I smile when I fight. I love to fight.

“We did what you asked us to do. Y’all said you were sick of partisanship, and we did this in a bipartisan way. Y’all say y’all were sick about black folks being against white folks, we did it in a biracial way. Y’all said y’all were sick of rural against urban, we did it with rural and urban.

“We can have a debate. But, my goodness, let’s call balls and strikes. And let’s make sure you decide this election around real information. Because what I’m here to tell you is, that if you spend $600 million every single year, your future in this town is going to be better. That you’re going to get home to your family and your children faster. And that you’re going to be part of the most dynamic economy in the Southeast. That’s what I’m here to tell you.

After the speech, I followed the mayor into his office for a post-game interview. He again sounded the generational note:

“Our elected leadership has done what everybody says they want out of elected leaders. If there’s any frustration, that’s what you were hearing in me. Everything that people say that they want, happened in this process. The meetings were videotaped. They were open to the public. There was black people and white people. It was rural and urban. It was Republican-Democrat.

“What should have happened when we passed the project list the first time, it should have been heralded as what it was – which was the most significant political event in modern Georgia. That didn’t happen. But what’s happened recently is that the other side’s voice has been amplified…

I’ve been making the argument, but I’m going to make it a lot louder. …You’re going to continue to see elected officials do what elected officials do – move away from something that is about to fail. But this matter is too important. This is our generation’s moment to really move this region and this state ahead.

Reed began talking dollars and sense. “If we pull off the four significant things that we’ve been working on right now, our competitors can forget about it,” he said. The quartet? The water wars, the dredging of the Port of Savannah, the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson, and the TSPLOST.

“All of this stuff has been ugly. We have not won it with beautiful passes. You can put the warts and all on it,” the mayor said. “But nobody has given up any of their core values. None of these issues require me to be less of a Democrat, or Governor Deal to be less of a Republican.”

Reed’s bottom line: A biracial, bipartisan metro Atlanta has a future. A fractured one doesn’t.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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134 comments Add your comment

Pledge

July 17th, 2012
3:21 pm

That’s leadership!

Johnny P

July 17th, 2012
3:24 pm

If Atlanta doesn’t act on it’s transportation and economic development issues, it’s going to be in very bad shape. The opponents of the T-SPLOST have no plan and are living in La La Land. I’m glad the Atlanta Business League stepped up.

marsh

July 17th, 2012
3:24 pm

buckhead blows, bring back the bars.

Centrist

July 17th, 2012
3:32 pm

More AJC shilling by highlighting Reed’s already known endorsement.

In real local political news – Georgia election officials seek access to immigration database

State officials on Thursday welcomed the news that the federal government is finally granting states access to an immigration database they could use to confirm the U.S. citizenship of those seeking to vote.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the federal government is expanding access to the SAVE program so Florida and other states can use it to cleanse their voter rolls of noncitizens. Election leaders in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah have also requested access to the program, the AP reported. Each of the election chiefs in those states is a Republican. [Evidently, Democrat Governors don't have a problem with illegal votes]

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 17th, 2012
3:34 pm

This is supposed to be a program to reduced congestion.. Now Reed (who makes Bill Cambell look honest) claims it’s a job bill. He is finally telling the truth the $600,000,000.00 spent on the waste/belt line is all about the job of lining his corrupt cronies pockets not reducing congestion. If you think this is not true look at how Reed’s Corrupt Cronies got all the money at the airport.

VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT , & CORRUPTION…

Marlboro Man

July 17th, 2012
3:34 pm

Make it a .02 tax and it will be 2 times as good.

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

“No MARTA, no city of Atlanta”we need to get the waste out of MARTA… cut the bloated overhead, mismanagement, empty busses & $100,000.00 per year bus drivers

VOTE NO ON WASTE, GRAFT, CORRUPTION, & GROSS MISMANAGEMENT..

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

Two weeks ahead of the primary election, an exclusive 11Alive News poll shows a majority of voters oppose a tax increase for regional transportation projects. The Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) would equal one cent for every dollar spent in a given region.

Among likely voters surveyed for the exclusive poll conducted by SurveyUSA across the state, 48% said they would vote against T-SPLOST, 36% said they would vote for it, and 16% were still undecided. The margin of error was 3.4%.

Broken down by region, in the state’s most populous region, Metro Atlanta (region 3), 49% of likely voters said they would vote against T-SPLOST while 36% would vote for it. In Northwest Georgia (region 1), 66% would vote against it and 22% would vote for it. In Georgia’s Mountains (region 2), 61% would vote against it and 24% would vote for it. Northeast Georgia (region #5) was split on the vote with 40% in favor and 41% opposed. The margin of error was 3.4% among likely voters.

Asked how familiar respondents were with the proposed projects in their areas, 26% of all respondents said they were very familiar, 36% said they were somewhat familiar, 21% were not very familiar, 14% said they were not at all familiar with the projects and 2% said they were not sure. The margin of error was 2.8%.

Whether the measure passes or not, most people across the state said they didn’t think T-SPLOST would make a difference to traffic in their area in the long run.

If it passed, 56% of all respondents said traffic would stay about the same, 22% thought it would get better, 11% thought it would get worse, and 12% were not sure. The margin of error was 2.8%.

If it didn’t pass, 67% of all respondents said traffic would stay about the same, 7% thought it would get better, 18% thought it would get worse, and 9% were not sure. The margin of error was 2.6%.

About half of all respondents across Georgia, 49%, said T-SPLOST advertising has made no difference on how they will vote. However, 19% said ads made them more likely to vote for the measure, 23% said ads made them more likely to vote against it, 3% haven’t seen any ads, and 6% were not sure. The margin of error was 2.8%.

Half of all respondents thought the government would mishandle any money raised from the penny sales tax. Specifically, 27% thought is was not very likely and 23% thought it was not at all likely that the funds would be properly handled. In contrast, 11% thought it was very likely and 31% thought it was somewhat likely that the money would be properly handled. The remaining 7% said they were not sure, and the margin of error was 2.8%.

Opponents of the transportation tax have argued that the wording of the preamble to the ballot measure is unfair. It states “Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.” Of people surveyed, 44% thought the wording was fair, 36% thought it was unfair, and 20% were not sure. The margin of error was 2.8%

Centrist

July 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

jgalloway somehow missed this from Bob Barr, former U.S. Attorney and Georgia U.S. Congressman who is voting NO to TSPLOST:

“Citizens already pay enough taxes, especially for transportation/highways; we do not need another massive tax increase, especially in the middle of a stubborn recession. Government needs to re-prioritize spending and cut back non-essential services before coming to the citizens and asking for more. The list of projects is being driven not by needs and desires of voters, but by bureaucrats and the liberal agenda in Washington and Atlanta – heavily weighted toward mass transit and light rail, which does not and never will be used sufficiently to justify massive start up and continued, never-ending up keep costs. The process – binding all even if a county votes no – is deceptive and unfair, if not unconstitutional.”

dd

July 17th, 2012
3:50 pm

just think how many vendors he can pay off, once they make massive contributions to his re-election campaign. Wow, the gift (in this case our money) that just keeps giving (to him and other politicians).

Now, let each county come up with and fund their own solutions, while the state takes on the few required major arteries. That would be a much more effective way to resolve this issue.

of course, would provide much less oppty for public waste, graft, and political payoffs. (seriously?? $4.5 million for art in the airport? Seriously??)

drsoul

July 17th, 2012
4:04 pm

Reed is just another in a long line of ’self-serving’ mayors of Atlanta….This SPLOST plan is a complete scam and will be a massive failure for Atlanta… before we get into any new directions, we need to clean house of the lamebrains who have kept Atlanta in the position they are when it comes to infrastructure….there has been poor maintenance of infrastructure in the growth of Atlanta and this will not solve it….it will not create anything like they are BS’n out there….these TV ads should cause someone a criminal charge in fraud…!!! will it invent some jobs??? sure, but the entire focus of something like this should not be a temporary band-aid that not resolve issues, but only cost you more before it is spent… WAKE UP, ATLANTA…sounds like another ‘AIRPORT SCAM’…. VOTE ‘NO’ on this issue…!!!!

Centrist

July 17th, 2012
4:10 pm

From the blog above: Reed then threw cold water on automated polls commissioned by news organizations that show the referendum to be losing support by double digits– by reluctantly offering up a poll commissioned by Untie Atlanta, showing the initiative only three percentage points down.

“We didn’t want to show our poll, because the poll we took before that was better. All I’m asking you to do is call balls and strikes,” the mayor said, addressing the reporters in front of him. “The public deserves to have the facts, and the fact is that this is going to be a close election.”

Well then, TSPLOST should be easily in the bag with all of the remaining massive spending by the pro side and free media support via the AJC. (Unless this is bogus B.S.)

ECobber

July 17th, 2012
4:17 pm

Dear Mr. Reed,

I will vote “NO” on this just as almost ALL my neighbors plan to do. Would you like to know why?

We have just as much trust in you and your cronies as we do in your buddy in DC, Pres. Obama. If you had anything in your record of cleaning up the dirty politics of this city, maybe we would feel differently.

My advice to you: you’ve hitched your wagon to your man in DC and blasted Mitt Romney last week at the NAACP convention, so pray, pray, pray that Obama wins again and maybe he’ll throw some money your way. You’ve made your bed, so now you get to lay in it.

MARTA Rida

July 17th, 2012
4:17 pm

All you Transportation Referendum haters are the first to complain about traffic. Lets stop complaining about it ado something.
Reed is the only politician in the entire metro area to stand up and say what he thinks is right because he knows that he will get re-elected. He has done great things in Atlanta during his first term, the other cities wish they had someone with Reed’s leadership!
Good for Reed to stand up in front of everyone and pick an ally out of the crowd, Fort, that has turned his back on this referendum because of political pressure.
I’ve seen the TIA debate pick up on the streets and in the offices. People are finally getting educated on the projects, instead of listening to tea party activists and talk radio. I truly believe the Transportation Referendum will pass. People are tried of the status quo and none of the TIA opposition has presented a path towards Plan B.

Death to the T-SPLOST

July 17th, 2012
4:21 pm

I hope Senator Fort gave Mayor Reed a one finger salute. The proposed T-SPLOST would tax Grandma’s groceries another penny and exempt motor fuel from the tax. This would transfer billions from the poor and middle class to C. W. Matthews and the rest of the paving contractors who own the Georgia Legislature. This is the worst ripoff ever passed by the GA Legislature and that takes some doing.

DannyX

July 17th, 2012
4:26 pm

“Would you like to know why?”

I would like to know why.

Why did the Republican dominated state government come up with such a lame tax increase proposal?

Why is Republican Gov Deal promoting a yes vote?

Why did the Republican dominated selection committee give “corrupt” Mayor Reed everything he wanted?

Why did Republican controlled state government back out of the Ga 400 toll agreement?

Republicans wet their beds and are now lying in it.

Byte me

July 17th, 2012
4:28 pm

DannyX Like Democrats are different?

joe

July 17th, 2012
4:29 pm

Not only NO, but he!! no. Remember how the tolls at GA 400 were supposed to be done away with? More of the same…

Old Glory

July 17th, 2012
4:32 pm

Forget beleving whether Reed is honest or not……just look at the GA 400 promise made to only institute the toll to pay for the road…..well that road has been paid for many years ago and yet the toll lives on. Once politicans (of both parties) get you to agree to tax yourself you will never see the end of it. VOTE NO to another wasteful, dishonest tax!!

First Thing on the List

July 17th, 2012
4:32 pm

We need to address the crime of Atlanta.

HST

July 17th, 2012
4:33 pm

Another BS tax on taxpayers – Gwinnett Co. residents already paid for our HOV lane by SPLOST – only to have it be taken away by the government, and reassigned as a pay lane. Some of that congestion is from northern commuters into the city whom don’t use carpooling anymore.

Remember the proposal for the 400 toll? The toll was supposed to end after the road was paid for…how’s that working out?

Personally, I will never use mass transit, no matter what the system. I’ll just choose better times to commute, leave, travel, or drive – y’all can have your mass transit, but I will never vote to pay for it.

NO TO TSPLOST!

Simple

July 17th, 2012
4:35 pm

Call me a Transportation Referrendum HATER!! I ride my bike to work and don’t need any stinking increase in my grocery bill, electric bill, gas bill and every other bill I pay. Increase the gas taxes and let the people who actually use the roads pay for it.

Road Scholar

July 17th, 2012
4:36 pm

I’m fixated on the comments about not trusting our legislators, local governments and GDOT. Since this is a predominate conservative state, the people who were elected are not trusted, i.e.Republicans. Those same legislators vote in each congressional districts for their rep on the GDOT Board, i.e. Republicans. The Board selects the GDOT Commissioner as well as the remainder of the upper echelon of management at GDOT i.e. Deputy Commissioner, Treasurer, Chief Engineer, etc. The Governor, a repub, selects the Planning Director at GDOT, who is responsible for project selection in not only the yearly program but also the TSPLOST programs around the state. It is safe to say the Planning Director is a repub.

The TSPLOST has a citizen review board which is to ensure the money is spent correctly, the projects on the list are delivered in a timely manner, and to be accountable to all the citizens. Since our decision makers are all repub, isn’t it safe to assume the CRB will be mostly, if not all repub.This is how this state works.

So if all decision makers, administrators, and program reviewers are repub, and they can not be trusted, then shouldn’t the anti’s leave their party, and begin another party that is self righteous, Christian only, and experts on everything. Their motto could be ( esp for the future TSPLOST) ” My Way or the Highway!”

How could the conservatives be so wrong as to elect these thieves and liars to office…repeatedly…?

wumpy fish

July 17th, 2012
4:36 pm

ditto on 400 tolls plus the left lane of interstate 85 being hijacked. and you want to be trusted again, get real…

Buckhead Boy

July 17th, 2012
4:37 pm

Centrist opines, “Evidently, Democrat Governors don’t have a problem with illegal votes.”

Or, maybe they view the effort as being out of proportion to the problem, as would any sensible person. Last year New Mexico spent several hundred thousand dollars on an investigation that revealed that two foreign nationals had illegally registered to vote and but one of those two had actually voted.

Or, maybe from the preponderance of evidence, the reasonable conclusion to be drawn is that the Republicans interest lies in making it easier to buy an election than to vote in one.

Road Scholar

July 17th, 2012
4:39 pm

HST: The HOV lane on I 85 was paid for with state and Federal funds….not Gwinnett splost monies! It was OUR tax money that paid for an HOV lane though…not a managed lane.

Road Scholar

July 17th, 2012
4:40 pm

Buckhead: Bingo!

Simple

July 17th, 2012
4:40 pm

Road Scholar:

May be hard for you to believe but there are also people who do not care for Democrat or Republican. Now go back to your passive aggressive attacks of anything not Democrat.

Ted Rice

July 17th, 2012
4:42 pm

We pay a tax on every gallon of gasoline to maintain and sustain our highways. Where has it all gone? I’ll not vote for Tsplost since we have been taxed and taxed for yes to do what htey are trying to BS us into doing now!

Centrist

July 17th, 2012
4:45 pm

Road Scholar posted: “Since this is a predominate conservative state, the people who were elected are not trusted, i.e.Republicans.”

Maybe the real answer is that most voters (like me) do not trust politicians of either party, but the Democrats who ran this state for decades are considered worse.

Tech '10

July 17th, 2012
4:46 pm

This Mayor continues to inspire me with his leadership style. I was very skeptical about Kasim Reed before 2009, because I just didn’t know him and his opponents were well known quantities. But this tenacity that this man has shown over the past 3 years proves him to be a transformational leader that will propel Atlanta into the future. I am supporting the TSplost because it does much to push us in the right direction to regain our standing as a regional force to be reckoned with.

DannyX

July 17th, 2012
4:46 pm

“Where has it all gone?”

35% of metro-Atlanta gas tax revenue is spent outside the metro Atlanta area. Maybe our Republican dominated state government should work on changing the funding formula.

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 17th, 2012
4:52 pm

Road Scholar

July 17th, 2012
4:36 pm

If you don’t think Reed’s Corrupt Cronies aren’t going to steal us blind you are in the “trusting” 11%.. Look at the airport, all Reed’s Cronies got the contracts.. Reed is strictly a pay to play type guy.

“Half of all respondents thought the government would mishandle any money raised from the penny sales tax. Specifically, 27% thought is was not very likely and 23% thought it was not at all likely that the funds would be properly handled. In contrast, 11% thought it was very likely and 31% thought it was somewhat likely that the money would be properly handled. The remaining 7% said they were not sure, and the margin of error was 2.8%. “

HST

July 17th, 2012
4:53 pm

Road Scholar, yeah, that was an over-sighted statement from me…I forgot the reality behind who was in control.

DannyX

July 17th, 2012
4:55 pm

“Maybe the real answer is that most voters (like me) do not trust politicians of either party, but the Democrats who ran this state for decades are considered worse.”

LMAO! By who? Georgia, led by the Atlanta area was one of the fastest growing states in the country when it was being led by Democrats. Now Georgia is one of the 10 slowest growing states. Georgia has one of the highest unemployment rates. Most failed banks. Stagnant to still going lower property values. Corrupt Republican politicians, like Deal, Balfour, Ralston, Chip Rogers, Sonny, Schrenko, Oxendine, Richardson……on and on….

What exactly are the Republican accomplishments since they gained all the power????

Here’s a hint….NOTHING

Mississippi Proud

July 17th, 2012
5:00 pm

Wow!!

Just 10 years ago, Georgia (with the strongest magnet being the Metro-Atlanta area) used to be the favorite southern state in attracting new businesses. However, transportation problems and poor public education have scared-off a lot of businesses that otherwise would have come to the state.

The Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area and the Charlotte, NC-Mecklenburg County area are now getting most of the business that used to come to Georgia. Both of these states and areas invested heavily in state of the art transportation plans (which include mass transit) prior to overtaking Georgia in economic progress.

TSPLOST is the first major step ever in our state and in this region to truly improve transportation so that we can return to competitiveness.

If we fail to approve this tax, we will take yet another step closer (and may even catch Mississippi) to being the poorest, dumbest state in the nation.

MARTA Rida

July 17th, 2012
5:00 pm

The GA 400 tolls were reinstated by a lame duck governor called Purdue. It was his last act before leaving office. GA 400 is not complete, the 400/85 interchange is not done. Mad about it then blame your republican controlled legislature not the mayor of Atlanta or the TIA projects.
So you all believe that Reed is dirty because of some people that are bitter about losing airport concessions? Sounds more like sore losers to me.

ECobber

July 17th, 2012
5:02 pm

Hey DannyX – nice comeback. Now, go run along… I think Kasim is calling you to discuss how to convince all these educated, white collar folks that they should vote YES.

You see, there is a reason alot of people who work hard and make a good living move “out” of Atlanta and Fulton County. I grew up in Atlanta so I’ve seen the long list of dirty politicians and Kasim hasn’t done anything to show he deserves different treatment.

So we will keep our money out here in the suburbs and keep our fantastic public schools and public programs. And you keep trying to come up with sneaky ways to get our money!

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 17th, 2012
5:03 pm

MARTA Rida

July 17th, 2012
5:00 pm

So you think Reed’s multimillionaire corrupt cronies are disadvantaged?

TrueBlue

July 17th, 2012
5:04 pm

This referendum is so important to our region!!! It provides the “shot in the arm” that we’re in dire need of. It stands to create 200,000 jobs, a better future for our kids, shorter commutes, new business and economic development opportunities, a greater investment Metro Atlanta’s future, brings much needed infrastructure improvements to the region and best of all, all around better quality of life for millions of Metro Atlanta families!

This measure stands to bring about real change to this region. There were folks that fought the ‘96 Olympics, the expansion of the Atlanta Airport in the 1970’s and any other major project that thrust Atlanta into the future but I truly hope we can agree on the Tsplost because we have to do something about the horrible traffic and transportation in our city.

TrueBlue

@EastCobber

July 17th, 2012
5:05 pm

Atlantans have more money and education than you folks in East Cobb, no your numbers buddy! LOL

DannyX

July 17th, 2012
5:08 pm

“And you keep trying to come up with sneaky ways to get our money!”

Sneaky way to get your money???? Republicans are the ones that came up with TSPLOST, and suburban Republicans dominated the selection committee. Your Republican politicians must be fools!

No wonder the state is in such horrible shape, its being run by easily manipulated Republican fools!

@Danny X

July 17th, 2012
5:08 pm

You’re spot on with your comments sir! The Republicans haven’t really done anything over the past 10 years of their controlling the state governement, but in all fairness the Deal Administration seems surprisingly level-headed.

ECobber

July 17th, 2012
5:10 pm

@EastCobber – thanks for the tip. Learn to spell “know” and then talk smack you idiot!

And I’m not so sure you want to compare SAT scores with E Cobb parents versus downtown Atlanta residents. Do you?

PencilPenMarker

July 17th, 2012
5:12 pm

@ECobber

You’re a clown of the worst ilk! Republicans created the Tsplost down to the choosing of the date of the election. Each jurisdiction was simply charged with coming up with project lists to go into the regional lists and allow voters to decide to tax themselves. Please get your facts correct sir, your mullets starting peek from under your hat. LOL

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 17th, 2012
5:16 pm

Disadvantaged businesses wrongly certified for airport contracting

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By Kelly Yamanouchi

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Four airport concessionaires awarded contracts as disadvantaged businesses in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s restaurant contracting this year should not have qualified under federal criteria or did not have adequate documentation, according to the federal government.

The federal government found four airport concessionaires were improperly awarded contracts as disadvantaged businesses.

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The two firms that should not have qualified because they exceeded the $750,000 cap on personal net worth are Atlanta Restaurant Partners LLC and Mack II Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration said. In addition, Vida Concessions and Hojeij Branded Foods had inadequate documentation, the agency said in memos released Thursday.

The city of Atlanta noted there are different disadvantaged business certifications with different criteria, and the issue in question is focused just on the federal Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification.

Together, the four firms named won a significant share of the concessions contracts worth an estimated $3 billion over 10 years. They were chosen to operate dozens of new restaurants at the airport, and are in eight of the nine airport restaurant contracts approved by City Council and signed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Ga Values .................. VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 17th, 2012
5:18 pm

Disadvantaged businesses wrongly certified for airport contracting

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By Kelly Yamanouchi

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Four airport concessionaires awarded contracts as disadvantaged businesses in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s restaurant contracting this year should not have qualified under federal criteria or did not have adequate documentation, according to the federal government.

The federal government found four airport concessionaires were improperly awarded contracts as disadvantaged businesses.

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The two firms that should not have qualified because they exceeded the $750,000 cap on personal net worth are Atlanta Restaurant Partners LLC and Mack II Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration said. In addition, Vida Concessions and Hojeij Branded Foods had inadequate documentation, the agency said in memos released Thursday.

The city of Atlanta noted there are different disadvantaged business certifications with different criteria, and the issue in question is focused just on the federal Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification.

Together, the four firms named won a significant share of the concessions contracts worth an estimated $3 billion over 10 years. They were chosen to operate dozens of new restaurants at the airport, and are in eight of the nine airport restaurant contracts approved by City Council and signed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

@ECobber

July 17th, 2012
5:19 pm

Its called writing on an iPad. Typos happen, the fact still remains that Atlanta has a more diverse, educated and monied class of citizens than East Cobb. Did my correct spelling and perfect grammar spell it out any better for you?!?!

Second fact that remains is; your community doesn’t exist without the economic prowess that is Atlanta! It was the Republican dominated legislature and Executive Branches that came up with the regional Tsplost. Atlanta doesn’t need your fraction of pennies, but we’ve been lumped in a 10 county region with your county and even if you don’t support and it still passes, Cobb gets the money.

Atlanta has proven through our numerous splost and most issues that we can do big things for growth, now let’s see if our little friends next door to the west can do the same!

Church of the painful Truth

July 17th, 2012
5:19 pm

Vote No!!!! If passed,10 years from now only half the projects will be completed and a new Tsplost with a fancy name will be asked to be voted on again.Also, the Beltline if completed will be a center for holdups and other crimes.Look at Georgia Tech and Georgia State.Students can not walk around on or off campus without looking over their shoulders.

BRIGHT

July 17th, 2012
5:20 pm

Mayor Reed is not afraid to tackle tough issues. His support on this issue has been clear, for those who choose to see and acknowledge it.