Friday, January 16, 2009

Lawmakers are willing to fund transportation, but their approach differs

House Speaker Glenn Richardson

Georgia’s political leaders agree that they want to solve Georgia’s transportation problems, but they differ on the approach. House Speaker Glenn Richardson is not keen on the idea, favored by Atlanta Business Leaders, to set up regions that tax themselves to fund their transportation problems. "Transportation is not an Atlanta problem, it's a Georgia problem," Richardson told business leaders at the annual Eggs and issues Breakfast sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

"Its time we address transportation on a statewide basis," he said.

Governor Perdue said he also favors a statewide approach. One idea, to levy a penny sales tax for transportation, however, seems to be out. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle says it won’t pass the Senate. His chamber, he says, favors a regional tax approach. Transportation Lobbyists say there is plenty of room for compromise. They say they’re encouraged that this year at least everyone seems willing to fund transportation despite a tough budget year.

-By Susanna Capelouto

Photo courtesy of Georgia House of Representatives

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