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By Ron Sifen Does Cobb County need to figure out how to spend $1 billion? Or should Cobb opt for a $2 million alternative, and save taxpayers the other $998 million? When government spends money, taxpayers need to ask some questions.
By Ron Sifen The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has produced an outstanding “Plan B” transportation plan. It was developed by transportation professionals to cost-effectively address our real transportation needs. One of the major reasons why the TSPLOST failed is because many voters understood that the projects list squandered most of the money on projects that … Continue reading
By Ron Sifen Most people agree that one of the reasons that the TSPLOST failed was because government lost the trust of voters. TSPLOST supporters want to believe that all of the distrust is only because of the Ga. 400 toll debacle. They refuse to admit that voters figured out that most of the money … Continue reading
By Ron Sifen Voters in Cobb County and the entire Atlanta region have spoken and delivered the following clear message. It is not the job of government to invent boondoggles on which to spend our money, and then increase our taxes to pay for boondoggles. Many groups did a great job of putting together factual … Continue reading
TSPLOST was trounced in the Atlanta Region on Tuesday evening. The No vote won with 63% of the vote to the 37% Yes vote. The pro-TSPLOST campaign was stunned by the fact that that throwing $8-10 Million into advertising didn’t work out too well for them. The grassroots “pennies” campaign on the other hand proved that voters … Continue reading
By Ron Sifen The TSPLOST was supposed to be about reducing traffic congestion. The Atlanta Regional Commission has conceded that the TSPLOST projects list will do little to reduce regional commute times. The ARC says they are defining “alleviating traffic congestion” as meaning increasing the number of people who can reach a point in the … Continue reading
By Ron Sifen TSPLOST supporters have brought in a Washington, D.C. developer, Chris Leinberger, who is also a consultant on urbanism and smart growth, to race-bait the TSPLOST. Leinberger told the Cumberland Area Community Improvement District board last week that “MARTA really stands for ‘Moving African Americans Rapidly Through Atlanta.’ You’ve racialized it. The white … Continue reading
Here is an excerpt from the email that went out today. If you don’t have your yard signs, bumper stickers or push cards, visit TrafficTruth.comnow! “Only 25 days remain before the big July 31st referendum for the Regional Transportation Tax. The proponents are unleashing an $8,000,000+ war chest of propaganda to sell you on this tax. We don’t … Continue reading
The Transportation Leadership Coalition issued a Press Release today about the TSPLOST Ballot Language: Media Contact: Claire Bartlett, 404-384-3256 Transportation Leadership Coalition Initiates Legal Inquiry Against Secretary of State Brian Kemp Kemp has no legal authority to add promotional language to Georgia ballot. July 2, 2012, Roswell, GA – Today, the Transportation Leadership Coalition (TLC) took the … Continue reading
Thanks to Bob Jackson of Cobb for sending me this Flyer “Referendum for Another 1% Sales Tax!”. I especially like the “Feed the Pig” pic. Take a look and feel free to print it and distribute it around. It is meant to be printed double sided and then cut so that it is 1/2 sheet.
By Ron Sifen Last week, Cobb DOT presented its interim report on the Connect Cobb – Northwest Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis. I have been talking about huge cost differentials for different kinds of transit for a long time. This report confirms how extreme these differentials are. (Please note that Cobb presented national averages, and not … Continue reading
By Ron Sifen If the TSPLOST is approved, and after the projects are built, will you have a shorter commute time? The ARC recently admitted that the answer is NO. Instead, the ARC says that “alleviating traffic congestion” is defined as increasing the number of people who can hypothetically reach a given point within 45 … Continue reading
The Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC now has Vote NO signs available for order. Here is what their email stated: “We need to have orders in as soon as possible so that we can place this first order of signs. The deadline for you to participate in this order is Monday, May 21st at midnight. The … Continue reading
The Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC has announced it’s new website TrafficTruth.net. The website is a grassroots campaign to inform voters about the Truth of the July 31st Sales Tax Referendum. They have a Fact Sheet, mailing list sign-up, online Donation and Facebook & Twitter Links. Take a look and see why “Another Tax won’t help your … Continue reading
By Ron Sifen In the last few days, several pro-TSPLOST advocates have challenged me regarding my opposition to the Cobb light rail project. One emphatically defended the Cobb light rail project. Another emphatically denied that the Cobb light rail project is on the TSPLOST projects list. Hmmm. Let’s take a closer look at this “phantom” … Continue reading