T-SPLOST just another tax which won't accomplish anything except put $$ into others handsJuly 26 2012 at 10:29 AM
Metro Atlanta road builders have a lot riding on Tuesdays transportation tax vote and have launched an all-out push to get it passed.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to appear together Monday, push for T-SPLOST
Businesses push sales tax
Road builders look for T-SPLOST boost
Environmental groups tout support for T-SPLOST
Latin American Chamber supports T-SPLOST
T-SPLOST projects costs include maintenance as well as construction
If it passes, leaders in the hard-hit industry estimate work that springs from the 157-project referendum will eclipse work done for the 1996 Olympics. If it fails, one of the areas largest road builders already has warned employees of layoffs.
The head of Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting, which already has lost 700 jobs in the last three years, recently warned its 1,300 workers in an in-house newsletter to imagine how much tougher times will become if this referendum does not pass.
If this fails, there could be additional layoffs, more so than weve seen in the last several years, President and Chief Executive Bill Hammack told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
So all of us should pay an additional sales tax on everything to help this company stay in business? Looks like another bailout opportunity to me. I will vote for it as soon as they remove the toll booth on 400. They said that was just to pay for the 400 project. Well it is paid for but the toll still remains.
Just like the peach lanes on 85
|July 26 2012, 1:24 PM |
Millions spent on those new lanes and no one ever uses them
this is a good example
|July 26 2012, 1:46 PM |
of a solution looking for a problem. I drive into Atlanta about once a week from the NE burbs. One in the car. I could by a peach pass, but then I have to exit the HOT lane when it become a HOV lane. In the event there are 2 of us in the car leaving ATL, I can use the HOV lane, but not the HOT lane.
How did those millions of Federal $'s help make traffic flow better, which is the problem? The answer is that it didn't. I know some civil engineers who have worked with the DOT in the past. There is never a cost-benefit study done on their designs. No look at optimizing bridge spans based on cost, or lane lengths for entrance and exit ramps based on cost and traffic flow. It's strictly conect the dots and check the boxes. That's government as opposed to private business that operates at a profit, or to stay in business. DOT just adds more dollars.
VOTE NO NO NO NO NO on the T-SPLOST.
You have a bunch of rich fools
|July 29 2012, 10:18 PM |
and NO viable PLAN trying to convince the taxpayers to keep giving them more money. Enforce the laws on the books and quit using cheap illegal labor and see how quickly people get behind the politicians. You already saw what happened with 'too big to fail' concepts. Put the plans out there for all to see or get used to being stuck in your driveway just for building more than the infrastructure can sustain. Once we see the gas prices begin to drop and more people having truly liveable wages, you will see consumer confidence rise. Lay off the junk and get busy with productive transportation systems instead of a myriad of ugly projects with little improvements.
The 1996 Olympic construction was to solve all of our
|July 27 2012, 1:39 AM |
traffic problems. The gasoline tax in the 1980s was supposed to solve our road problems. Obama's stimulus package in 2009 was to solve our road problems (shovel ready projects). Cash for clunkers was also to solve our road problems by retiring old cars that break down and cause traffic jams.
Why do we need the TSPLOST since all these other programs were to solve our road problems?
Un -related item. I believe the closing of GITMO was to solve our problems?
I don't trust the politicians and especially the DOT
|July 27 2012, 11:22 PM |
GA 400 tolls
Millions spent to put stop lights on entrance ramps
Millions spent to uselessly widen freeway entr./exit ramps
Don't forget the toll lanes on 85
|July 28 2012, 1:42 AM |
All those costs to put in a Peach toll lane no one uses and traffic stalls. Yeah let's give them more money to waste. Make them accountable!!!!!
Road Work= Jobs Program for the DOT
|July 28 2012, 2:17 AM |
I'm sure they bid at three times the cost so money go to the bigwigs, all this stuff is wasteful and pointless
|July 30 2012, 12:27 PM |
well, not. Just like the stimulus projects. The DOT/GRTA schedules show most of these projects need 3-5 years of design and permitting before dirt starts moving. Then 3-5 more years until completion. i.e. nothing gets better for the next five years, at least.
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