Do You Feel Pressured to Support TSPLOST?

Local municipalities, chambers of commerce and even businesses are mobilizing to get voters to the polls in support of TSLOST on July 31. How to you feel about this effort?

It’s no secret that most municipalities are urging a "yes" vote on TSPLOST. Without it, local governments are going to have to look at other ways to raise funds for traffic and transportation projects. But did you know local chambers of commerce and even businesses have been recruited to do the same thing?

According to Jim Galloway, political insider for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, more than 400 businesses, including some of metro Atlanta’s largest, have signed on to turn out extra voters who have been given a firm understanding of the importance of a “yes” vote on July 31. Sam Williams, president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber, which is reportedly coordinating the turnout effort, has said the effort is even bigger than the Tea Party.

Galloway added that most voters expected to turn out for the primary will be Republican.

"Not a deck stacked for passage of a new sales tax," he wrote. However, the voters who turn out at the behest of their employers may behave more like moderate voters, which could make a difference in a close contest.

Do you feel the pressure yet? How do you feel about such a large, coordinated effort to get you to check "yes" for TSPLOST on July 31?

Mike Jones June 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM
As a member of the Loganville City Council, I am encouraging all my friends and constituents to vote "No" to TSPLOST. Unlike our local SPLOST, we have very little control or benefit from TSPLOST. Our taxes are too high now. Mike Jones
M.K. OSBORNE June 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
No ............. that wasn't hard at all!
MDG June 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Pressure to support it? Y-E-S! Pressure to not support it? Y-E-S!
Racer X July 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM
If a region votes NO for this tax but the rest of the State passes it, then that region will still have to pay the tax while getting a 20% cut in benefits. What I hear them saying is "Vote for TSPLOST.....or else!". That, people, is extortion, extortion perpetrated by our State government on us and that is wrong. Anyone who votes yes on this tax is voting yes for the government to make gains through threats. At the end of the day, no matter what, we cannot pass the TSPLOST or we are lost. Dawn Siska and her husband are absolutely right. Government is an insatiable monster and feeding this monster only makes it more powerful. The government needs to learn how to use what money they already get more wisely just as ALL of us have to do. You don't end government waste by giving them more money. Please people, vote NO on the TSPLOST!
Racer X July 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
They built the HOV lanes in Atlanta, supposedly, to encourage car pooling. This to reduce the number of cars on the road. Why? They said it was so we could have cleaner air, would be good for our environment and reduce congestion. So, we said, heck yes, what a great idea and the HOV lanes were built. Flash forward to today. The HOV lanes outside of the perimeter are no longer HOV lanes and have been converted to pay lanes. Apparently State government decided their addiction to our money is more important than our need for clean air and less congestion. Thanks, that great, what a great bunch of great folks, our government. Here comes the TSPLOST. The problem, they say, is that our roads are too congested. We need to untie Georgia, they say. Now, instead of coming up with ways to encourage people to drive less, the solution is to build BIGGER roads. Greeeeeeat. Let's encourage people to drive even more. Now we consume more fuel, which also puts more money in the State's coffers. Pollution, meanwhile, gets worse, government waste increases, and our quality of living goes down. The TSPLOST is NOT the answer.


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