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Old 12-30-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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Raising the state sales tax by a penny would generate about $1.4 billion a year, according to the report, while increasing the gasoline tax by 10 cents per gallon would produce about $600 million annually.
Other options the committee urged the legislature to consider include:
-- Dedicating the fourth penny of the gasoline tax, which currently goes into the state's general fund, to transportation.
-- Indexing the gasoline tax to inflation, construction costs or the price of gasoline.
-- Establishing an annual road usage fee for alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrids, low-emission and zero-emission vehicles.
-- Recapitalizing the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, a fund administered by the State Road and Tollway Authority that provides grants and loans to local governments.
Without calling specifically for the state to start providing direct funding to MARTA, the only transit system in a major U.S. city that doesn't receive state aid, the report called for lawmakers to "acknowledge" the need for more investment in the 128 transit systems across Georgia.
Committee: Raise taxes to pay for transportation - Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:27 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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We shall see, if our legislatures have the balls to fix it.

The proposal is pretty far.
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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Wow, what a proposal. Raising the sales tax, establishing an annual road usage fee for hybrids and AFVs, and increasing the gasoline tax? Oh boy, I can't wait to see the debates in the General Assembly.

I anticipated seeing the committee suggest an increase in the gas tax, but I didn't expect them to go quite this far.

Oh, and I see that state funding for MARTA still isn't on the table.

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Old 12-30-2014, 05:00 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Oh, and I see that state funding for MARTA still isn't on the table.

- skbl17
I was wondering, if that would come out of the new penny tax? The state could divvy up the the $1.4 billion a year between transit and road projects.

I still don't understand why a raise in the state property tax or an additional title fee on sales in the metro aren't on the agenda as well.

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Old 12-30-2014, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Is this the same General Assembly that just gave us a referendum to cap the income tax rate of those of us who are best off? Sheesh, this state's taxation system becomes more regressive by the year.
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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Is this the same General Assembly that just gave us a referendum to cap the income tax rate of those of us who are best off? Sheesh, this state's taxation system becomes more regressive by the year
Exactly. The legislature makes sure those who benefit the most pay the least and if anything happens, it will definitely be a regressive tax.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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These people ought to give up on this business about raising taxes "a penny."

What they are actually proposing is raising taxes $1.4 billion a year...every year.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Any increase will have to include funds dedicated specifically to alternative transportation. I don't see why ARC can't spend the money as they see fit. They know the metro areas transportation needs better than anyone else and they could use the money for transit projects. Any conversation will have to include MARTA.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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Pretty unimpressive report
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Old 12-31-2014, 08:53 AM
 
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Our AJC colleague Scott Trubey asked the mayor what proportion of the new funding should go to mass transit, long a priority for Democrats and suddenly an emphasis for some leading Republicans as well.

“I believe that the appropriate split is about 55/45. Fifty-five in favor of roads, and 45 for transit, in the metro region,” said Reed. “I think that we have to respond to peoples’ lifestyles and what the public is demanding.”
Kasim Reed wants 45% of transportation funding in metro areas for transit | Political Insider blog
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