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economist 2 years, 2 months ago on Service settlement price tag $31 million for county

"The money, Nash said, is coming from funds left over from 2011."

What? Funds left over? The general fund made $48M in 2011!! Original ending fund balance budget was $110M.....actual ending fund balance was $170M AFTER a $27M additional contribution to Pension/OPEB!! I suspect that there are other reserves socked away, so it was probably even better than that! Yet, no raises for county employees in sight!

http://www.gwinnettcounty.com/static/departments/financialservices/pdf/December%202011%20Monthly%20Report.pdf

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economist 2 years, 2 months ago on Toll lanes set another record

I take them both ways every day and never drop below 65 MPH. I love them. I go flying by everyone on my right, and get to work downtown in about 30 min. Getting home quickly in time to do stuff with my family is great. And the money I am saving by not sitting in stop and go traffic more than pays for the tolls. LOVE THE HOT LANES!!

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economist 2 years, 2 months ago on Propeller submits sole proposal for Briscoe

This will be huge for the County! It will be the single largest economic development boost that they County has ever had. This is a real game changer. I can't wait until I can drive a few miles down the road, park, and be on a plane to a major city in less than 15 min.

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economist 2 years, 2 months ago on Service settlement price tag $31 million for county

The County got screwed and so did the taxpayers in the unincorporated areas of the county. If you live in a city, you just got a HUGE subsidy from the rest of us. You're welcome.

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economist 2 years, 3 months ago on Pepsi partners with Gwinnett Center

Wow!! Preston Williams has lost his mind! What a STUPID move. I'll still go to the arena, but I won't buy a drink....I'll just smuggle my own Coke products in. Pepsi just doesn't taste near as good, and if I am going to have to pay those prices, I at least want a drink that doesn't taste like crap!

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economist 2 years, 5 months ago on Usage triples in first month of HOT lanes

As someone who actually uses the lanes, I can say that yes, usage has gone up. I am still moving at no less than 55 MPH the whole way, but there are a lot more cars in the lane. No one can argue that during rush hour, I-85 is an over-allocated and scarce resource. And what mechanism do good, free-market Republican capitalists use to allocate a scarce resource? Oh yea, that would be price. And, it would appear to me that price is doing a fine job of allocating that resource. And, as that resource (the HOT lane) continues to get use (as is currently happening) and becomes over-allocated itself, then the price (toll) will rise, continuing to efficiently allocate the scare resource. And commuters will continue to make the personal cost-benefit trade-off to decide if they will sit in traffic or pay the toll. I love it when economics works. I also love how the good conservatives of Gwinnett love the price system until it inconveniences them.

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economist 2 years, 5 months ago on Chance to express HOT lane frustration at new town hall

LOL!!! "...Rodgers, whose own commute has increased from about 45 minutes to nearly an hour and a half..." How stupid!! Here's an idea....pay the buck and a half and get there quicker!! My commute is down to just under 30 minutes and I rarely drop below 60 MPH the whole way!! I want to say "thank you" to all the people who like to sit in traffic and then complain about it instead of just paying the toll. I will happily continue to pay the toll as it is a service that is worth far more to me that $1.50. Thank you to Gwinnett County and the Georgia DOT for this wonderful idea. (I'll wave to all you people on the right as I drive by!!)

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economist 2 years, 6 months ago on Nash feels sympathy for I-85 drivers

I drive I-85 every day and I LOVE the new HOT lanes!! All you people just keep whining and complaining and I will keep on flying past on your left and getting to work faster and faster. Or, PLEASE be like Chairman Nash and "vow to use them only in dire emergencies!" That will keep them even less congested! Seriously? You won't pay $1.55 not to sit in that traffic? That is the best deal going. You waste more than that in gas while you idle on I-85. AND, I bet most of you are "good, conservative, free-market Republicans." Well, welcome to the free market! Pure old-fashion market supply & demand pricing (unless you whine to the Governor and get him to interfere in the pricing system....doesn't sound very Republican to me.....) I happily paid the tolls last week when they were $2.35 going in and $4.55 going out. Even if it saves me only 20 minutes each way, that is $6.90 for 40 minutes which translates to $10.35 per hour. My time is worth WAY more than $10.35 per hour. Again, at these prices, the tolls are a bargain! My commute time is WAY down. So again, thanks to all of you for taking a stand and not using them. Keep up the good work. I'll wave as I drive by.

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