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Friday, February 20, 2009

Perdue unveils transportation agency reorg, kind of

"She was a fine ship, that HMS Georgia!

Flanked by the Gold Dome's top pachyderms, Gov. Sonny Perdue yesterday gave residents another peek at his plan to overhaul the state's transportation agencies.

From Dave Williams at the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Perdue unveiled plans Thursday to introduce legislation merging two transportation agencies created by former Gov. Roy Barnes into a new organization that essentially would take over the main planning and funding duties of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The DOT would maintain its operations and maintenance functions and could compete with private highway contractors for road-building projects.

The State Transportation Authority would consist of 11 members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House. Its board would make policy decisions that now are the responsibility of the 13-member DOT board, which has one member representing each of Georgia’s congressional districts.

The bill, which is still being drafted, is expected to be longer than the Bible. Perdue told reporters he won't support either the state Senate or House's proposals to increase transportation funding until they tend to his reorganization effort.

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