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TSPLOST Fails

Yesterday (July 31, 2012), voters made their voices heard loud and clear. The TSPLOST did not pass.

All counties in Georgia were given the chance to vote. I placed emphasis on the Atlanta and Northwest Georgia regions. What upsets me here is the fact that there may not be a statewide solution to Atlanta's traffic woes and a constructive means for creating jobs across the state while improving its infrastructure for a long time.

On Monday morning (July 30, 2012), I witnessed history with my own eyes as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (Democrat) and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (Republican) held a joint press conference at the State Capitol voicing the importance of a "yes" vote for the transportation referendum.

Now, today on August 1, 2012, that energy and vigor has been slapped in the face by dismay. Governor Deal stated earlier that he would not support a similar transportation measure like it.

In my opinion there are four factors as to why the referendum did not pass:
  1. Voter mistrust
  2. Not enough for transit
  3. Perhaps the pie was too big and some areas felt they would not have received a fair slice
  4. Georgia historically votes no to most taxation
Today, Denver, Charlotte, Seattle, and so many other of Atlanta's competitors for businesses and jobs are probably toasting cheers.

The good thing here is unity rang amongst businesses and politicians who crossed party lines in support of the referendum. The "yes" voters are all about economic impact: more jobs and less time in traffic. The push for the legislation's passing definitely lays the groundwork for maybe a better draft years down the road.

This is not the end of Atlanta as a major competitor internationally. Instead, those advocating the TSPLOST should hang their heads high. We definitely made progress and I believe we only showed ourselves a glimpse of what's possible when we unite.

Thanks for reading, God Bless



Comments

  1. Matt you have really provided a good bit of information for the everyday man who doesn't follow current event issues. Yet, I believe other TSPLOST supporters failed in that regard. Gaining voter trust in my opinion is the biggest reason for TSPLOST failing. I believe voters within the Atlanta area had limited knowledge regarding the effects and benefits of TSPLOST. I also believe that the push to promote TSPLOST didn't generate enough buzz early enough to gain voter trust. As well, voters outside of ATLANTA had limited knowledge regarding TSPLOST. Since I spend a lot of time outside of the Atlanta area I have had a chance to have conversations with people living outside the city concerning TSPLOST. Most of the people I talked to living outside the city had no clue they could vote for TSPLOST. As well, I found that most of the people living outside of the city had no idea how voting for TSPLOST would benefit them. The feeling I got was that most non city dwellers felt they would be voting and paying for a cause that had nothing to do with them. Yet, I do feel that TSPLOST would have benefited the city and state of GA.

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  2. KJ, thanks for the love man and I totally agree with comments. One of the bottom line truths as to why the campaign failed is because it picked up momentum a bit too late. A significantly large portion of Atlantans were still clueless about its effects and big name community and business leaders and politicians didn't throw in their full support until 2-3 weeks before the election, not enough time to win a campaign. Everything you stated above is absolutely true. Had we put more time in for pushing the TSPLOST's importance, we probably wouldn't have had such an ugly outcome.

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