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Monday, February 7, 2011

Has metro Atlanta basically become the biggest loser on the face of the Earth?

The Peach State apparently had a case of the sads this weekend, as not one but two news outlets offered thinkpieces asking whether Georgia and metro Atlanta's best days are behind us. We hand the mic to Maria Saporta:

After our experience of hosting the Olympics, we’ve had a hard time finding our way. There has been a disconnect between our state government leaders and our regional and city leaders. As a result, the state and the city have not invested in our all-important infrastructure that contribute to our quality of life.

Why? We have become prisoners of the less government, lower taxes mantra. Rather than demanding smart government and wise public investment, we pride ourselves in saying we have the second lowest per-capita state taxes in the nation as well as the second lowest motor fuel taxes.

As a result, Georgia ranks near the bottom on all sorts of measures — education, infant health, road maintenance, land conservation and public investment in the arts.

(kicks dirt, softly weeps) At least we have the National Museum of Patriotism. Oh wait.

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