Posted: 3:09 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Jason Carter backs a new push for transportation sales tax 

By Greg Bluestein

Carter vote

 

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.”

It drew a rebuke from Deal’s campaign, which pointed to Carter’s recent comments that a tax increase would be off the table if he ousts Deal from office.

“His campaign is like a restaurant without a menu,” said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson. “You never know what he’s serving up on any given day, but it swings wildly from vegan to all beef.”

Robinson said the governor funded Georgia’s top transportation priorities, such as the coming overhaul of the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange and the deepening of Savannah’s port, without raising taxes.

“Like other liberals, Carter is full of ideas on how to spend more of Georgians’ tax dollars,” said Robinson.

Lawmakers have been wary of proposing any sweeping solutions to address Georgia’s traffic problems after the 2012 defeat – Carter blames an unwritten edict by Deal forbidding a broader debate – but this month a legislative study committee began work exploring possible options to fill a $74 billion transportation funding shortfall in the next two decades.

One that’s presumably a non-starter with both candidates is an increase in the state’s 4 percent motor fuel sales tax, which Deal said would likely fail to pass the Republican-controlled Legislature.

84 comments
DanLovingood
DanLovingood

I agree with Carter.  The transportation issues are part of the drag down of Georgia's and resulting high unemployment rate.  The statements by Deal's mouthpiece are rather funny.... "restaurant without a menu"? Pu-leeeese! The menu is obvious and it is to fix everything Dirty Deal has f'd up.. and that is EVERYTHING! Repeat EVERYTHING!  Dirty Deal and his corrupt and immoral (R) General Assembly henchmen and henchwomen have caused the highest jobless rate in the US, left $33.7 million on the table and gave it to other states for not expanding Medicaid AND refused the 70,000 related new jobs.  Deal boasts about the low wage jobs in Dalton, GA as part of his myopic pinnacle.

It's really shocking how any informed Georgian in their right mind could have elected Nathan Deal to the highest political position of our state. Deal had to withdraw from Congress in disgrace for ethics violations then ran for Governor in the same year and WON!!!??!! Deal's 'win' was because Democrats didn't vote in 2010. Deal's unethical behavior as governor has persisted in ways that are not unlike Gov. Rick Perry who was indicted the other day for abuse of power and coercion, except Deal's infractions are worse that Perry's!  Georgia cannot afford another 4 years of Dirty Deal corruption. 

"It is undisputed that as a 'public servant,' Representative Deal took active steps to preserve a purely state program, one that had generated financial benefit for Representative Deal and his business partner. Further, while taking these steps, Representative Deal used resources of the House of Representatives." 

OCE Referral Regarding Former Rep. Nathan Deal
http://oce.house.gov/2010/03/march-29-2010---oce-referral-regarding-former-rep-deal.html

Congressional Ethics Report 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CPRT-111HPRT55496/pdf/CPRT-111HPRT55496.pdf

#gapol #GAdems #GAgop #GAgov #GeorgiasReady #ChangeTheDeal#weknownathan #noDeal #VoteBlue2014 #UniteBlue #tcot #gop 

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Jason"Empty Suit" Carter was all about no new taxes, wonder where that pledge went? I guess his Grandpa called and told him, " you can't be a good Democrat and be against taxes"

Andy123
Andy123

He just sealed his fate not that he had a chance anyway. 

honested
honested

Now that the truth is out about rick perry, shouldn't the Federal Grand Jury be ready to spill on shady?

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

At least Carter is thinking about DOING something. The TSplost may not be the answer but we have to improve transportation soon or the economy here will get even worse and other cities will continue to pass us by. Reading the oh so angry comments from the wrong winger nut jobs here shows they don't care about the future of this state or job creation or any thing other than their precious dollar. Nothing else matters to people like TD and the other crazy goons except that they don't want a penny of their money to go toward helping anything but themselves. That is all they care about.

Aboli
Aboli

Dang Jason your not even hiding the fact you want more of our money!

NWGAL
NWGAL

Deal is known for corruption yet he easily got elected. His ethics violations have cost the state $3 million so far, but so what? But mention needing money for repairing roads and conservatives scream about evil government. Go figure.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Good. I'm sick to death of the traffic. And only Republicans think there's a free lunch - if we want decent roads we have to pay for them.

robertbyrd
robertbyrd

We need our taxes raised because projects like these are so important !  "Cost overruns and schedule delays have beset the $100 million Atlanta Streetcar, a 2.7-mile loop from Centennial Olympic Park to the King Center, since it broke ground in February 2012. And Atlanta city officials are still pumping the brakes on the launch."


2.7 miles @ 100 million, what a deal.  I wonder if this was "shovel ready" ?

AvailableName
AvailableName

Mr. Bluestein, you changed the quote from the Governor's spokesman.  Did he not attack Carter for being vague about tax cuts?  You've also changed the substance of the criticism by the spokesman.  Just what did Mr. Robinson say?  I know this column is a fact/opinion hybrid; but, I prefer the facts with whatever spin you want to add so that I can draw my own opinion

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Deal only help those who gets him out of debt.

honested
honested

Why not just raise the gas tax and give all the fuel sales tax to the DOT for starters.


Don't be afraid to charge adequate revenue, the anti-tax nuts don't really SUPPORT anybody.

Astropig
Astropig

Jason Carter's Plan:


1) Tax the crap out of working people that are already strapped.


2) Launder the money raised through "public-private partnerships" to his cronies.


3) Blame "racists" when the voters rebel.


TheLine
TheLine

Jason Carter and Moochelle Nunn will lose in November.


Deal with it, losers.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Infraredguy The tea party went full blitz on President Obama about the wall street bailout, wonder what happened to that pledge?  I guess since David Perdue said that "the Wall Street bailout was a good thing" they are now showing us they are full of $h!t.  Any who I wonder how the Rick Perry indictment is coming along, has he been finger printed yet?   Just curious since Nathan Deal is next up....

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@ NolongerRepublican, I guess you left wing nut jobs have all the right answers right? Just like the LBJ war on poverty, trillions spent and we have more in poverty today than ever in history. Get a life bozo

DS
DS

@NOlongerRepublican

I think you're right.

The funny thing is, the Republican study committee for transportation is already cautiously tip-toeing around this topic. They're being very careful about not saying the word "taxes," but everyone know transportation projects aren't free, and we'd end up paying something one way or another.

By making this announcement, I think Carter was just letting them know, and letting voters know, that he would be open to ideas. He would be a willing partner in their efforts. Get 'er done.

Compare this to Deal, who drags his feet on everything. After the TSPLOST fiasco, Deal said he would find other ways to take care of our transportation needs. And? (Crickets chirp.)

Andy123
Andy123

@NWGAL 

I'm curious where these state roads are that are in need of 'repair'?  GA has some of the best state roads and interstates in the south, if not in the entire eastern US.  

Aboli
Aboli

Good. I'm sick to death of the traffic. Let's add another lane.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@CherokeeCounty If we don't have decent roads, we also pay. Suspension systems, tires. Two cracked windshields traveling on interstates from rocks. 

DS
DS

@robertbyrd

Yeah, I wouldn't call the Atlanta Trolly a transportation investment, with just four trolleys put-putting around a three mile loop. More like an economic development project to revitalize part of downtown.

Apparently it's having some impact, as there's been about $350m invested in commercial projects around the loop, with more projects planned.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@robertbyrd - Today I spoke with a Busniess owner on Auburn Ave in Downtown Atlanta and was told the (10) ten million dollar and counting Failing Atlanta Trolly System was not needed and too expensive. The business owner said that Kasim and the Atlanta City Council could have and should have purchased about (20) Twenty MARTA Buses and PAINTED them BLUE and called them "TROLLY BUSES". 

That particular Idea and forward thinking would have saved the City and Atlanta Taxpayers an estimated (20) Twenty million Dollars that will ultimately be spent in the building and the loss of REVENUE to the local Business owners of a very Costly expenditure of Taxpayer funds. An expense that will NEVER LIVE UP to its stated PLANS and GOALS.


When you think of the Idea of "TROLLY BUSES", it makes more sense economically and environmentally than what is presently in the process of being completed for the (3rd) Third

Time.


The only thing that was Shovel Ready about this Plan was the Pockets that are being filled

as a result of the spending. (10) Ten Million dollars Plus invested to date and it is still NOT OPERATIONAL. What in the World was Kasim THINKING?  Can you say Governor of Georgia, 2018?


uh..huh.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@robertbyrd What do you expect when you elect folks like Deal who are known to be corrupt?

Astropig
Astropig

@EdUktr 

Wowsers. Both (D) standard bearers are stuck in the upper 30's-low 40's. Look for the bitterness to accelerate from the foaming-at-the-mouth libs on these pages as election day draws nigh. Gonna get ugly as reality washes over them. Buckle up.

TheLine
TheLine

@honested


What does the DOT do again? Oh right, fix roads that don't need fixin'.


Why don't you move your 400 pound a$$ to a blue state. Oh that's right, you can't afford it.

pompano
pompano

@TheLine


Wonder how many votes she'd receive if she ran under her real name Michelle Martin?

DS
DS

@Andy123

"878 of the 14,739 bridges in Georgia (6.0%) are considered structurally deficient.

1,871 of the 14,739 bridges in Georgia (12.7%) are considered functionally obsolete.

Driving on roads in need of repair costs Georgia motorists $374 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $60 per motorist.

19% of Georgia’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Georgia has 121,632 public road miles.

Georgia’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 11,503 per capita, ranking it 10th in the nation.

Georgia ranks 49th in per capita transportation funding."

http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/georgia/georgia-overview/

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DS We is goin see if yer R riitte!  Time will tell fer sure!


Kamchak
Kamchak

@Astropig 

Look for the bitterness to accelerate from the foaming-at-the-mouth libs...

Whistling past the graveyard.

Just sayin'.

td1234
td1234

@Astropig @EdUktr Nunn will end up around 44 or 45% of the vote and Carter may get a few more votes but it will be a 5 to 10 point win for both the Republicans. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Astropig 

 Q: What's bright yellow and sleeps four? 

A. Your mama.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TheLine 

What does the DOT do again? Oh right, fix roads that don't need fixin'.

Got proof?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@TheLine @honested - How Interesting The CHILDREN OF Darkness Sent most likely by the campaign of the Very Nervous Goliath Yella Teeth Governor to Blanket Us with his Evilness and Hatred TODAY!


Isn't it IRONIC The Evil ONE, would choose a photo of ONE of God's most Favorite Child and Follower of his Word and Deed to deliver his Vile Message. The Former President of The United States Of America, The Honorable Jimmy Carter.


This Child Of Darkness has come to spread his Evil Spirit in a attempt to DEFEND and ADVOCATE for the EVIL One, who would be KING. 

What this Follower of Darkness fails to see and understand, he lacks the Power and Authority to Derail the Destiny of our Young David aka Jason Carter.


Pray for Him....


For the intentions of the Evil One will NOT and cannot NOT PREVAIL in the Shadow of The Most High.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@pompano 

... her real name Michelle Martin...

Liz Cheney and Elaine Chao both say, "What?"

Astropig
Astropig

@pompano @TheLine 

" Wonder how many votes she'd receive if she ran under her real name Michelle Martin?"

I don't know. How many Hamas members can there be in Georgia?

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

@td1234    Your prediction in the Eric Cantor race was way off.  You backed the losing horse in that race and you are backing the wrong one in this race.   

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak @pompano Her real name is whatever she wants to call herself but she sure can not hide from the fact that no matter the name she can not wipe off the ugly (literally and philosophically) 


Just sayin

td1234
td1234

@The_Real_Centrist @td1234 You are full of crap. Please show me the post where I predicted Cantor or where I have even mentioned that RINO? 

Kamchak
Kamchak

the ugly

And there's your sign.

Just sayin'.

Astropig
Astropig

@Kamchak @Astropig


"Eric Cantor says, "What?"


Eric must be hard of hearing. I said NUNN-MARTIN 39%!!!!


Get the wax out of your ears,Eric.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

td

Oh, you hate RINO's do you? Then why do you have such a fetish for Former Democrat Nathan Deal? You can't possibly be attracted to the politics of RINO Deal, so what's your obsession? I know, you're both cross dressers.

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

@td1234   Oh, Cantor is a RINO now.  Before the election, ou called him a Tea Party Republican.  Which is it, goober?

td1234
td1234

@PoliticalOutsider I did not vote for Deal in the primary either this year or 4 years ago because I always vote for the most conservative candidate which means come the general election I will have to vote for Deal.