Shirley Franklin: Transportation issues belong on Nathan Deal’s shoulders

Former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin was conspicuously silent during the debate over the transportation sales tax, but she’s ready to talk about the impact of its defeat. Below is a portion of a post she’s written for her website, Blogging While Blue:

It doesn’t mean metro Atlantans will never support alternative transportation funding models in the future.

It doesn’t mean the State of Georgia is off the hook for leading the development, planning and funding a metro Atlanta comprehensive transportation and environmental plan. Or that the Governor doesn’t have the obligation and responsibility to do everything in his power to invest in a transformative, smart transportation network of trains, rail, buses, roads, bridges, trails, sidewalks and highways. Transit is worthy of state funding in a smart transportation plan.

It doesn’t mean metro Atlanta should play second fiddle in the race for state funding for its needs -to clean the air we breathe or to improve transportation accessibility and mobility.

Finally, the issue of resolving the region’s transportation problems is back on the shoulders of the State and the Governor Deal, which is where I think it should have been all along.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Ga Values

August 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

Is this the same woman who supported cheating @ APS?

Beverly Fraud

August 2nd, 2012
2:06 pm

Yes Ga Values, this is the same woman who took to her Blogging While Blue after Hall left to write about what a great leader Hall was for APS.

And until this day maintains that position.

WAW

August 2nd, 2012
2:19 pm

But Madam Mayor, all those at the Capital have signed The Pledge and can’t do what they were elected to do. They can’t vote to raise the fuel tax (or any other) and let those who use the roadways pay for the roadways (or did they sign another pledge to get campaign contributions from the Trucking Industry Association?) Anyway, they can’t do nothing but parade around in front of the cameras and blow smoke up the microphones (that was polite).

shirley

August 2nd, 2012
2:20 pm

@ GA Values
I like you have my likes and dislikes but I learned a long time ago you have a right to your opinion and so do I. In fact, I am prepared to fight for your right because I hold mind so dear.
Back to Transportation…
The Georgia’s very economic strength is dependent on the health of metro Atlanta’s economy and as such the Governor has the responsibility and obligation to lead the state – all of us- to invest in clean air initiatives, green technology and transportation infrastructure to strengthen the state he was elected to lead.

Double Zero Eight

August 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

The tough decisions are suppose to be
made by the governor. The plan that was
presented was inherently flawed. It should
have been defeated. Deal wanted the job
and he got it. Nobody said it would be easy.
It appeared to me that his tone indicated he
was harboring some animosity for Perdue
and the voters, when he addressed the media
after the defeat.

Weetamoe

August 2nd, 2012
2:32 pm

That’s what happens when you elect a democrat in a republican suit. Deal was a democrat before he was a republican and you don’t change your ideology when you switch labels.

Double Zero Eight

August 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

It is obvious that our legislature has more
concern for the lobbyists than the voters.

@WAW
Excellent point regarding the trucking industry,

Kris

August 2nd, 2012
2:35 pm

Double Zero Eight “The tough decisions are suppose to be
made by the governor.:

No offense but is that assuming that Deal (governor term used lightly) Can think without a fist full of dollars in his face..

Putting the blame on Sonny is a good thing to do, However in the crowded room filed with cigar smoke and pungent smell of asphalt rest assured Deal was there with his tar covered hand out.

Just saying!

Don't Tread

August 2nd, 2012
2:47 pm

Using this logic, then I suppose that the water/sewer pipe issues in Atlanta are the state’s fault too, right Shirley? Maybe it’s time for a DUMP-SPLOST?

Beverly Fraud

August 2nd, 2012
2:51 pm

“I am prepared to fight for your right because I hold mind so dear.”

Yes Shirley, you have shown all too well that you are willing to engage in denial. After Beverly Hall was UNIVERSALLY discredited you still defend the indefensible.

Your mistake is that you think it’s somehow admirable; you’re not unlike the people who defend Joe Paterno to this day saying he did nothing wrong.

Trust me, it’s NOT admirable to defend people when their ACTIONS are no longer defensible.

td

August 2nd, 2012
2:58 pm

WAW

August 2nd, 2012
2:19 pm

“But Madam Mayor, all those at the Capital have signed The Pledge and can’t do what they were elected to do. They can’t vote to raise the fuel tax.”

I do not care if they signed a pledge or not but they promised to the people that elected them that they would not raise taxes and we will hold them to the promise.

Taxes will NOT be raised so you libs are going to have to figure out what is more important roads or expanding social services? Right now the state spends about 45% of its entire budget on education, 30% (and going up) on Medicaid and the other 25% goes to transportation, courts, police, social services (DFCS), Labor, DNR, Agriculture, public health, mental health ect… Our current budget is about $20 billion per year

What needs to be cut to add more roads? It is pretty obvious to me.

bart

August 2nd, 2012
3:06 pm

Guess what, td? The folks in Augusta, Columbus, and Vidalia are not “libs.” They want economic development and jobs for their areas. Wait and see. Those parts of the state are going to soar, leaving Atlana and suburbs behind. I have relatives in Columbus and Augusta, and they are thrilled the t-splost passed in their areas. They are smart enough to understand the enormous benefits for their districts without sacrificing the services they want.

Beverly Fraud

August 2nd, 2012
3:09 pm

“I like you have my likes and dislikes but I learned a long time ago you have a right to your opinion and so do I.”

No Shirley this isn’t about who likes chocolate ice cream and who likes strawberry ice cream.

Your “like” was to support a woman who did INCALCULABLE damage to THOUSANDS of Atlanta’s school children and set up a “corporate culture” designed to HARASS and INTIMIDATE those who dare spoke out.

Yet somehow you think you can come on these blogs and NOT be held accountable for your actions as though it never happened?

now you HAVE to make plan B liars

August 2nd, 2012
3:15 pm

Hey, I thought the sky was supposed to fall and all our roads were going to disappear Wednesday morning if T-SPLOST was voted down?
Sun came up and traveled around very easily….
Shame on K. Reed and all the other T-Splost advocates with their doom and gloom predictions and veiled threats if public didn’t vote yes.

now you HAVE to make plan B liars

August 2nd, 2012
3:18 pm

Get your asses back to work on something feasible….and eliminate pet/pork projects. A new cobb county McCollum control tower is not going to relieve traffic on I-75.

vroom vroom

August 2nd, 2012
3:20 pm

Quicker we get to Jetsons cars, the better

time to go

August 2nd, 2012
3:22 pm

All the transplants can now march back to their crappy states that they left to come here.

Beverly Fraud

August 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

And, just as we have seen on Get Schooled, when Shirley is confront with the truth of HER actions, she beats a quick and hasty retreat from that truth.

Beverly Fraud

August 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

Lesson learned? If you want taxpayers to VOLUNTARILY take on 7 BILLION plus dollars in new taxes, you might want to pick as your advocates for such people you can TRUST.

Kasim Reed? Sam Williams? Nathan Deal? Are these people the public trust?

Apparently not.

bye bye

August 2nd, 2012
3:31 pm

Close our nations borders? Yes and close Atlanta and GA’s borders. Not just from international invaders, but from all the northerners, northern ghetto trash, bamalama retards, etc.
Turned this town and state from very nice into a dump.
Take out the trash that’s built up. That’s how you spell Relief.

C. Tampa Ironworse

August 2nd, 2012
3:46 pm

We need a by-pass just to re-route traffic around those HUGE flowers Shirley used to wear on her suits.

the truth

August 2nd, 2012
3:47 pm

This city has gone from nice to pitiful the last 20 years or so. and it’s not a coincidence that’s when an explosion of illegals and tons of northern blacks, who think Atlanta is their mecca for some reason, came here. And it’s a surprise there’s a traffic problem? City is in red, crimes and gangs are rampant, Unqualified city politicians that can’t manage a fart, much less a big city. City that will only vote black. Think that City is one, big personal ATM for themselves. Think all the money wasted on this social program or that social program is the answer. Education is never taken seriously by students. But neither is it by the corrupt educators in this town.
Coincidence—-I think not.

sheepdawg

August 2nd, 2012
3:52 pm

that’s expecting a lot from someone who usually runs from facing issues

DannyX

August 2nd, 2012
3:54 pm

“And, just as we have seen on Get Schooled, when Shirley is confront with the truth of HER actions, she beats a quick and hasty retreat from that truth.”

Why on earth would Shirley Franklin or anyone else want to feed your strange obsession?

You can't handle the truth

August 2nd, 2012
3:59 pm

Atlanta needs to be willing to vote for someone who is not black and is not stuck in 60’s civil rights era.

Trolls Bane

August 2nd, 2012
4:02 pm

It’s time

It’s time for all progressive minded people to move to leave this Mississippi wanna-be backwards looking state. If it wasn’t for Atlanta, this state would be just like Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina ….

Mr. KnowitAll

August 2nd, 2012
4:14 pm

She’s just covering Kasim Reed’s hiney that he stuck out to get the TSPLOST passed. God forbid he get called a “loser”, even though he clearly is.

Kasim seems irritated and snarling and having difficulty facing the fact he’s not going to get that CASH WINDFALL he was hoping for his pet projects (Beltline) and cover his inefficiencies at taking care of infrastructure as mayor.

Boo-hoo!

Last Man Standing

August 2nd, 2012
4:16 pm

Was that ‘Pothole Franklin’ speaking?

What part of “Taxed Enough Already” do you not comprehend?

Maybe she thinks we need a POTHOLE-SPLOST?

Last Man Standing

August 2nd, 2012
4:20 pm

Trolls Bane:

Have a nice trip and don’t let the state line hit you in the backside as you depart.

Goobye and good riddance . . .

Last Man Standing

August 2nd, 2012
4:24 pm

You can’t handle the truth:

“Atlanta needs to be willing to vote for someone who is not black and is not stuck in 60’s civil rights era.”

But the person elected has to be black, right? How racist!

td

August 2nd, 2012
4:29 pm

bart

August 2nd, 2012
3:06 pm

I hope you are right. I have said for a long time now that metro Atlanta has maxed out it growth due to water resources and now transportation. The rest of the state needs to grow and the state should be concentrating on this instead of trying to stuff more people in metro Atlanta.

just me

August 2nd, 2012
4:29 pm

@ the truth

Northern Blacks caused the traffic issues? Its not us stuck on GA 400 buddy… it’s you.

Steve

August 2nd, 2012
4:41 pm

The T-SPLOST was all about greedy construction companies wanting more money and promising corrupt politicians with lots of re-election campaign contributions to make it happen. Why else would more taxes be needed when we already pay for transportation improvements in our current property and sales tax jurisdictions (i.e. Gwinnett already has its own local sales tax option for roads and parks etc.)?

Proud Voter

August 2nd, 2012
5:57 pm

Look for all of the progress in Georgia’s transportation to go right across the middle of the state. Those folks want to improve their regions! Shame on the rest of Georgia! Congratulations to those who had the good sense to vote for T-splost! Setting a good example for others to follow is a brave action. Good luck!

Attack Dog

August 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

Reed nor Williams have never been implicated or indicted, but Dixiecrats try to put them in the same stink boat as Deal? So, who is the mayor of Sandy Springs?

Ted

August 2nd, 2012
6:59 pm

An important part of Tsplost is having good plans and persuading the electorate. Obviously, the three areas that passed it did a better job in this regard.

catlady

August 2nd, 2012
7:56 pm

The state government brought this on themselves. Period. The chickens have come home to roost.

Kris

August 2nd, 2012
8:27 pm

@Last Man Standing

“Was that ‘Pothole Franklin’ speaking?
What part of “Taxed Enough Already” do you not comprehend?
Maybe she thinks we need a POTHOLE-SPLOST?”

I so agree!

Perhaps instead of low grade asphalt, we could use greed and corruption to fill them.

Beverly Fraud

August 2nd, 2012
8:28 pm

Why on earth would Shirley Franklin or anyone else want to feed your strange obsession?

Yes DannyX we shouldn’t pay any attention to THE largest cheating scandal in United States educational history; indeed we should give a free pass to Shirley Franklin, Kasim Reed, Sam Williams and everyone else who were more concerned with “damage control” than they were with the THOUSANDS of children affected?

I guess given the LACK of ethics we see here, it is “strange” to want civic leaders to be ethical.

Edmund Ruffin

August 3rd, 2012
7:12 am

Who exactly gives a rip about what Shirley Franklin thinks?

Ted

August 3rd, 2012
9:06 am

How did a discussion about T SPLOST turn into a discussion about race? Why is this city (and this part of the country) so obsessed with race?

JASon

August 3rd, 2012
9:53 am

“Why Atlanta voted No and others Yes”

Because Atlanta is tired of being lied to. Reference GA 400 toll boths, which were supposed to be gone years ago. The local government is a lying, cheating, stealing entity. Screw them.

Carol

August 3rd, 2012
1:02 pm

The Truth
Think all the money wasted on this social program or that social program is the answer. Education is never taken seriously by students. But neither is it by the corrupt educators in this town.
Coincidence—-I think not.

++++++++

Really, you call that the Truth. Ok, so you’ve run down the City of Atlanta, the PRIMARY reason people even come to Georgia. And you act as if the rest of the state is really flourishing. Maybe you should take a drive a around the state and tell how well the rest of it is doing with their “white” leaders. Why not start with Go Fish.