Contact governor, tell him, ‘Don’t penalize’

To all my friends, I thank you for showing your opposition to the regional T-SPLOST.

I am part of a group called the Transportation Leadership Coalition (www.traffictruth.net) and we have called on the Governor and the Georgia General Assembly to remove the penalty for voting our conscience called for in the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (also known as TIA or HB 277).

Within TIA, it states that any region that votes “no” is penalized, having to pay a 30 percent match on road and bridge projects.

Yes, the state thought it wise to attempt to intimidation voters to vote “yes” by threatening them with a significant penalty.

The reason you have a referendum in the first place is to allow the people to decide for themselves, without having to be intimidated.

Unbelievably, Gov. Deal has stated he is going to enforce the penalty and punish the voters for voting “no.”

This is utterly ridiculous and it is time for the Governor and Georgia General Assembly to do the right thing, immediately.

We are calling on everyone to phone, fax, or email Governor Nathan Deal,telephone 404-656-1776, fax 404-657-7332, email georgia.governor@gov.state.ga.us.

Ask Gov. Deal to use his executive influence to stop collection of the 30 percent penalty until the Georgia General Assembly reconvenes in January. That is well within his powers.

We also ask that you phone, fax, or email your state representative and state senator. Find your legislator at this site: www.legis.ga.gov.

Tell them that punishing you for voting your conscience is unacceptable. Tell them that referendums were created to let the voters decide without the intimidation or penalties. Demand that they draft legislation to remove the penalty and then completely repeal TIA (HB 277).

It’s obvious the T-SPLOST was a crooked deal because they would not have had to create penalties to intimidate voters otherwise.

Please act now. Our county, cities and towns cannot take the strain of paying a bogus penalty on our infrastructure.

Steve Brown

Fayette County Commission, Post 4

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Robert Morgan and Nuk

How about doing something positive and sending a note to the Governor and your legislators?

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A note? About what? Who cares?

That "penalty" is just us paying our own way on local road projects. So what? Isn't that what we voted for?
And if you think the governor is going to "penalize" all the counties that voted against T-SPLOST - which is all of them - even DeKalb, your political instincts aren't that great. It is a shame Ronnie and Matt won't take your calls or you would know all this. They told me days ago it is a done deal - meaning the penalty will go away when the post election bitterness of the T_SPLOST promoters goes away.

Besides what roads are we going to build around here in the next 5 years?

Why don't you do something positive and nominate Charles Oddo for commission chair? I think he will be more effective at the ARC meetings.

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We wanted local control

What is this hubbub about? We do not wish to be in league with the Atlanta metro area in transportation spending and projects, so we voted against it. Now we are allowed to pick our own projects and pay our way. Commissioner Brown calls this a penalty and acts as if it has been foisted upon us. We knew that rejecting the big picture meant going it alone. It is a logical result. Let's pick our projects, pay for them, and quit whining.

I agree that our local state representatives are MIA on the entire issue. This should have been settled in the legislature and never voted on by the region. Our local state representatives demonstrated complete incompetence on this issue because they feared being labeled as "taxers". You will get no argument from me about voting these timid souls out of office.

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Of The People, By The People, and For The People

So, now it is okay for the government to pass laws that say if we don't vote the way the government wants us to vote we will be penalized?

I thought our government was supposed to be "of the people, by the people, and for the people!"

If we truly want "of the people, by the people, and for the people," there has to be a whole heck of a lot more voting! There has to be a whole lot more getting involved. Mr. Brown is trying to stand up for our rights.

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Thank you Commissioner Brown

Thank you once again for exposing the crooks and crooked deals! Your time and energy in researching these events and sharing valuable info are greatly appreciated!

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Now here is a thought - Recall officials who are incompetent!

Recall is a procedure that allows citizens to remove and replace a public official before the end of a term of office. Historically, recall has been used most frequently at the local level. By some estimates, three-fourths of recall elections are at the city council or school board level. This brief, however, focuses on the recall only as it applies to state officials.

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Matt Ramsey & Ronnie Chance

Matt Ramsey & Ronnie Chance both supported HB277 and the Penalty for a "NO VOTE!"

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Moral and ethical people do not put penalties on voters for voting their conscience. Coercive tactics should never be part of a public referendum.

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Step up to the plate

What penalty, Commissioner Brown? You knew the rules before you began your grandstand against T-SPLOST. Just because you spin this as a penalty, it doesn't make it so. We desire independence from all other regions of Georgia in general and Atlanta in particular, and you made this point abundantly clear in your vociferous crusade against T-SPLOST. We won our independence. Now, why not pay our own way instead of begging for relief?

Must you always create a boogeyman and be a victim? We are a rich county that can pay our own way for what we want or decide to pay nothing and live with the status quo. It is our prerogative. Let's be mature and hold our heads up as the victors we are!

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Let's take responsibility

Look at the logic here. Our county voted overwhelmingly to reject the TSPLOST and clearly recognized that this negative vote entailed a package with the 30% penalty consequence. There was no stealth, and we chose freely to vote NO. Now some wish to enjoy the freedom from paying the despised tax, but forgo the penalty we also voted for.

I think we should put on our "big boy pants" and accept the package that we voted for. Why should we whine like spoiled children about taking responsibility for our actions? It makes us look foolish.

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The large print giveth

and the fine print taketh away.

Funny how there was no mention about clause in the bill this in the considerable ramblings prior to the vote...... even from the person who travel more, and read more than anyone else in Fayette County.

Ouch.

I think TSPLOST passed in 3 regions. If I repeal the penalty, does it not penalize those regions who passed the initiative ? Does that really seem fair to them ?

For sure there will be transit reform in the state of Georgia. The only question is will anyone from Fayette country provide intelligent input to the process ?

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Government Thuggery

This sounds more like Chicago than Georgia!

Anyone know where Matt Ramsey is on this?

All I can say folks is make a list and remember, we need to clean this mess up and bring INTEGRITY back to government. GP

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GP - Matt

is MIA on this one, but he supported the bill for TSPLOST and vote "for" the law.

What say you Matt? Matt? Are you there Matt?