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Governor Perdue, Lieutenant Governor Cagle and Speaker Ralston held a joint press conference to announce a forthcoming bill in support of a regional TSPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). This is similar to a proposal I introduced 2007. Needless to say, I am pleased that we are moving in a forward direction. I am optimistic; however, there are many details to be addressed and I remain committed to an option that allows for local input and control. I am also concerned that this proposal would allow MARTA to use 50% of its revenue currently restricted to capital projects for operating expenses over a three-year period. Additional details about this proposal will be made available after the bill is filed. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking to change the accounting method it currently employs. Representative Jay Roberts, R-154, has introduced a bill to allow the GDOT Board to switch back to the accrual method of accounting. The cash method now used by the department requires for the allotment of a projectís entire cost at its onset. This bill would give the board more flexibility in allowing the funding of multiyear projects, and ultimately allow for large transportation projects to begin sooner.


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