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Friday, April 9, 2010 - 10:58am

Business Leaders Urge Passage of Transportation Funding

Lawmakers have just seven legislative days left to pass a transportation funding plan to relieve traffic congestion in the state. Business leaders are urging them to come to an agreement as they work with a bill that’s been amended beyond what the governor says he’d sign.

The governor’s transportation plan that would let voters decide whether they want a one penny sales tax to fund projects in their region is being hammered out by Republican lawmakers of both chambers.

Thursday they read the template they’ll work from--- a version the house has amended which includes a sticking point with the governor--- it allows a region to pass on the vote if locals can’t agree on a list.

Phil Jacobs with the Georgia chamber of commerce says it’s crucial they work out their differences and pass a bill this year.

"Every year that goes by we get further in the hole and we’re going to be in a position where we’ll see congestion grind certain parts of the state to a halt and the result of that would be devastating to the economy of the state," says Jacobs.

Lawmakers have failed to pass a transportation funding bill for the past two years.