Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday that defeat of this summer’s transportation sales tax is proof that extremists on the left and right are ganging up against business, says Larry Peterson over at the Savannah Morning News:
His remarks were part of a wide-ranging overview of the programs, goals and concerns of the chamber, Georgia’s largest business group.
“It used to be,” Clark said in reference to state government, “ … we could stand in the background and whisper and nudge our friends and we could move the business agenda along.
“But the world’s changed. It’s not like that any more. We have folks on both ends of the political spectrum that are anti-business.”
Clark cited a recent group of regional referendums on proposed penny sales taxes for transportation projects. Voters in most of the state, including Chatham County, rejected them.
To be clear, business types have often accused those on the political left of being anti-business. The news is that the chamber leader is now wrapping a major portion of the Republican base into that characterization. Clark said his chamber group was boosting its lobbying efforts at the state Capitol as a result.
Former GOP presidential candidate and future radio talk show host Herman Cain this morning endorsed the proposed charter schools amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot.
“I’m sorry, but Georgia’s professional education establishment just isn’t cutting it for a lot of kids, so we need to give parents and children as many choices as possible,” said Cain. “Charter schools are a great option for families who want another public school choice.”
Opponents of the charter school measure have been the most common targets of those who say taxpayer funds are being used for campaigning.
But Karen Noll, a member of the anti-charter group Valdosta Women’s Voices sends the photo at left – taken at an Oct. 13 high school cross-country meet in Tifton.
“The runners from a publicly funded school in Georgia wore T-shirts with ‘Vote Yes’ and the symbol from the proponent organization on the back and Pataula Charter Academy, the school name, on the front,” Noll wrote in a letter addressed to Attorney General Sam Olens.
Walter Jones at Morris News Service says a move is afoot at the state Capitol to decriminalize many traffic offenses:
Legislators, judges, lawyers and cops are spending the fall debating proposals for removing criminal penalties and jail time for some traffic offenses as a way to save taxpayers money on court costs….
Among the proposals being kicked around are versions of ideas tried in 14 other states in which drivers simply pay a fine, maybe even online, without the fear of going to jail for certain infractions like a broken taillight or crossing a yellow line. Jail time still would be possible for some serious issues like drunk driving, and minor offenses could become more serious if committed in conjunction with a major traffic crime.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider