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Chambliss sees opportunity in transportation vote

ATLANTA -- Saxby Chambliss sees windows of opportunity in Atlanta -- and America -- open now.

After years of phenomenal growth, metro Atlanta is suffering high unemployment, failing banks and foreclosures even worse than the national statistics.

But Chambliss said some key opportunities could help bring back the prosperity of the past.

Savannah's harbor project, linked with an expansion to the Panama Canal, could add to the already thriving port, he said.

And with regional transportation funding votes set across the state, the stage could soon be set for a comeback.

"Transportation isn't just how you get around. It's how we sustain our economic growth," Chambliss said Monday at a showcase for the region's Community Improvement Districts.

Chambliss praised the quasi-governmental associations heeding the call from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to infuse private dollars into funding the nation's infrastructure.

He said he is working in Washington to create more than a "Band-Aid" for transportation, but with budgeting issues, next year's regional sales tax vote is an opportunity to find the funding.

"Everybody here needs to leave this lunch today with a commitment," to educate their friends and neighbors before the July 31 vote, he said. "Atlanta is the economic engine of the Southeast. So goes Atlanta, so goes this part of the country."

In another speech, Bucky Johnson, the mayor of Norcross who last week led a regional roundtable of leaders to a unanimous vote on the project list for the proposed tax, said the venture is very personal to him, as a native Atlantan.

"It really brought the region together in a way that hadn't been done before," he said of the yearlong process to form the list. "I'm going to do everything I can to make this successful. There is a lot of work to do (before passage)."

Also at Monday's Council for Quality Growth event, Chambliss talked about his work as a member of the so-called "Gang of Six" -- a bipartisan group of senators studying financial reforms. Chambliss said there is an opportunity in Washington to fix finances where spending has reached 25 percent of the gross domestic product and revenues are only 14.5 percent of the GDP.

"You've got to figure out a way to close that gap," Chambliss said, adding, "There is no silver bullet."

He said he also wants to curb regulations except those impacting health and safety to help businesses.

Comments

kevin 2 years, 6 months ago

The people I talk to already are saying NO WAY they are voting for another tax for anything, especially roads. Just a pile of more money to be handed out to friends involved in development. Gwinnett is now in this bad road conditions because of the years of haphazed development all over the place. No one can use any public transportation anymore. How are you going to get to your place of work with a bus or train? Think about it. No one works next to a bus stop. Just look at what the DOT and the State has done to oour "paid-for" HOV lane. And you want to hand them a billion more to spend on their well-connected friends? Enough.

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citized 2 years, 6 months ago

Look at empty buses. And thanks Kevin for pointing out that the roads are ALREADY paid for now they want more. Why the gas tax????

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NewsReader 2 years, 6 months ago

Same song, different verse. "NO" means "NO". Add Chambliss to the rest if the useless mouthpieces promoting this garbage.

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apsLilburn 2 years, 6 months ago

There is NO way I will vote for a road tax that politicians control. What they did with GA 400 by extending the toll after the road was paid for and the HOT lane are just two examples. It would just be a matter of time where they would do the same type of thing with this money.

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BuzzG 2 years, 6 months ago

It's never enough. Give them this money and they will be back looking for more. We have too much government now. We should not have to vote for more tax to get roads. We pay enough tax already. The problem is government wastes it so many ways and then they threaten to stop funding highways and schools if we don't let them pick our pocket one more time. Say NO to more government. Say NO to Chambliss and his big government buddies on election day.

Power to the people!

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JimmyOrr 2 years, 6 months ago

Spoken like a true RINO. Republican In Name Only. Saxby, your statements in the Gwinnett Daily Post, along with those attributed to Ray LaHood, sounds more like those of a tax and spend Democrat than they do of a supposedly conservative Republican. Perhaps you should move to the other side of the aisle. I often wonder how many voters there are throughout Georgia who think as I do in that perhaps it is time for you to establish permanent residence in Moultrie, Georgia.

James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr.

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jack 2 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, Georgia is replete with folks that fall for any politician's unctuous palaver. Cardinal rule: NEVER vote for a tax on yourself! They never go away. Those traversing GA400 know exactly how political promises are fulfilled.

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suedehead 2 years, 6 months ago

After the smear campaign Saxby used to unseat Max Cleland (a triple amputee Vietnam vet that has done far more for this country than this man will ever do) by labeling him as unpatriotic, I've always thought he was a low life and have never believed a word he's said.

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