It seems to be happening again. It might dangerous to declare last rites over an NFL team only seven games into a season, but there’s nothing about the Falcons that suggests they’re getting better, while there’s mounting evidence that the bottom is falling out.
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Democrat Jason Carter said Tuesday it was time to revive the idea of a regional sales tax for infrastructure improvements to fix a transportation dilemma he said is weighing down Georgia’s economy like an “anchor.”
The 2012 push for a sales tax increase for transportation, known as the T-SPLOST, failed in most parts of the state despite tremendous support from the business community and backing from most of the state’s leading politicians, including both Carter and Gov. Nathan Deal, his November opponent.
“We have to revisit a TSPLOST of some kind, and we have to revisit it in a way that would change the political environment,” Carter said in response to an audience question after a speech to Gwinnett County business leaders. “Folks just don’t trust the political environment.”
The Democratic state senator has previously said that “T-SPLOST like activity” and more public-private partnerships should be options to improve the state’s traffic-clogged corridors. He said in an interview Tuesday one option would be allowing counties to band together to levy their own tax.
“There has to be some way that we’re going to sit down and have a robust discussion about how to fund it. And one option is certainly to revisit a TSPLOST with a different geographical footprint, with a different set of partners, with a different structure. So there’s only so many places they can go,” said Carter. “All of that should be on the table.”