Monday, June 7, 2010

Georgia in perspective

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I was in a swell mood today until two news stories reminded me how aggressively backwards Georgia's lawmakers are.

News item 1: Marta is holding public hearings to discuss how exactly it's going to slash its already not-so-comprehensive service. Unlike every other large metro area mass transit system gets no money from the state in which it operates. The much-heralded transportation bill passed by the state legislature this year doesn't actually change that - it merely gives counties the authority to tax themselves to pay for transportation. It's not leadership. It's the state grudgingly agreeing to get out of the way.

News item 2: Gov. Perdue signed a bill extending the state's hotel tax as part of an effort to keep the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

In other words, we live in a state controlled by people who are happy to direct state tax dollars to wealthy sports team owners, all the while treating mass transit like a bacteria to be battled lest it turn patriotic SUV drivers in gay Communist soccer fans.

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