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Friday, February 12, 2010 - 7:30am

Governor's Transportation Funding Plan Moves Forward

Georgia’s Governor and leaders in the legislature announced they’ve agreed on how—and when—to put a transportation relief plan before the state’s voters.

Governor Sonny Perdue, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, and House Speaker David Ralston want to include the plan on the Presidential primary ballots in February, 2012.

The plan would create regional districts, where voters could decide whether to charge themselves an extra penny-on-the-dollar in sales taxes to pay for regional transportation projects.

Earlier today, in a speech to the Atlanta Press Club, Speaker Ralston took on the State Transportation Board, which has a lot of power over highway projects. Ralston proposed a constitutional amendment to limit the terms of D-O-T board members.

"You’ve got a board over there that’s defying the law, and continuing to resist change," said Ralston. " And so I think the only way that we can bring that accountability is through these kind of changes."

The D-O-T board recently infuriated state leaders when it adopted an accounting system the state auditor said was illegal. Last week, the board reversed itself and scrapped that decision.

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