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Saturday, April 5, 2008

State Senate's warped priorities let us down

After all the encouraging build up toward finally passing the desperately needed T-SPLOST bill, the Georgia Senate let it slip through our fingers.
According to the Banner-Herald,
State lawmakers worked for months to cobble together a plan to allow local governments to levy a 1-cent sales tax for transportation projects to ease the state's congested roads. It passed in the House but fell three votes short of the needed two-thirds majority in the Senate.
It's not saying much, but at least it was close. This legislation should have happened ten years ago. We will just have to re-double our efforts for next year.

On the bright side, the Legislature did ensure our continuing safety in the menacing, kill-or-be-killed world of bus riding in Athens-Clarke County:
Lawmakers [did vote] to allow Georgians with concealed weapons permits [to] carry their guns on public transportation.
We're so glad they're looking out for our best interests.

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