The bill (Senate Bill 200) would give the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House of Representatives more control over the more than $2 billion in state transportation spending.
The measure, sponsored by Sen. Tommie Williams (R-Lyons), would shift many of the powers now held by the state Department of Transportation to a new agency called the State Transportation Authority. The authority, which would choose most state road projects, would be controlled by a board that was hand-picked by the state’s top three elected officials.
Three people hand-picking the decision-makers, eh? GDOT might be broke and mired in 1950s planning perspectives, but this bill will lead to an unprecedented politicization of transportation funding decisions. Good luck convincing the three good ole boys at the dome to fund greenways, rail-trails, transit, commuter rail, bike paths, sidewalks...
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