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Will Transportation Referendum Create Jobs?

DeKalb CEO Burrell Eliis, other leaders will talk about the possibility of 34,000 new jobs this Saturday, June 30, at the Courtyard Marriott in Decatur.

Metro Atlanta leaders have urged voters to approve the July 31 because it would reduce gridlock.

Now they're saying there's another benefit: the possible creation of 34,000 jobs.

They'll talk about it from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, during a "What If" Forum at the Courtyard Marriott in Decatur. The public is invited.

Here's the message from DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis:

What if the referendum passes and $8.5 billion of construction needs to be completed in metropolitan Atlanta?

What kind of workers will be needed to get the work done? The public is invited to hear from companies that will build these projects and find out what it takes to qualify for one of the 34,000 jobs expected to be created as a result of the passage of the measure.

 The summit is hosted by CEO Ellis in conjunction with Congressman Hank Johnson, Ambassador Andrew Young, The Rev. Joseph Lowery, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden, The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, 100 Black Men of DeKalb, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Atlanta Business League, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, The Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber, National Black MBA Association, Partnership for Southern Equity, Regional Business Coalition, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, The Collaborative Firm, and Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

The summit is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Area technical schools and workforce offices will also be on site.

 To register, visit www.workforceatlanta.eventbrite.com or call 404-586-8524.

Ralph Ellis June 29, 2012 at 03:25 PM
34,000 jobs? Do you think this is correct?
William Johnson June 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM
It is not only incorrect, it is insane. The 8.5 billion dollars will be taken out of our pockets. That is $8.5 billion that would have been spent on something that we really want. Those goods and services will not be provided and the jobs they would have provided will either be lost or never come into existence. The jobs should pretty much be a wash, but we will have $8.5 billions dollars less worth of something we would have been willing to pay for and we will have $8.5 billion worth of stuff we had to be forced to pay for!
Jimmy Bridges June 30, 2012 at 03:59 PM
This will actually have the exact opposite effect of the "What If" proposed by these politicians. The money that will pay the additional tax is probably currently being spent locally for, as Mr. Johnson notes, things that we choose to buy. When we go to buy those things that we want in the future, we will look to buy them in the most cost-effective place. When local taxes go up, that makes buying them locally less cost-effective which means that at least some of those dollars that we currently use to buy things locally(paying for local jobs) will be bought elsewhere(on-line as an example). Local jobs will actually be reduced, not grow. Economics folks. Economics.
Ms. June 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
34,000? No way. County folk will say anything to get this passed considering they get a billion dollars to play around with, with no accountability measures attached to it.
Jimmy Bridges July 01, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Guess we can see where The Patch stands on this. They are displaying ads FOR this referendum paid for by Citizens for Transportation Mobility. So much for being impartial.....follow the money......
Joe_Harris July 02, 2012 at 04:42 AM
With the numerous projects that are presented how could the passage of the Regional Transportation Referendum not produce any jobs? People have to go out and improve the roads and build the light rail projects that this referendum speaks of.
Jimmy Bridges July 02, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Simply because there are projects doesn't mean that there will be more jobs. The dollars that we will be paying in taxes to fund the projects and pay for the "new" jobs will come from dollars that are being spent on other things that we buy currently paying for existing jobs. As these dollars are paid in taxes, they will no longer be used to buy the things we are currently buying with them so the jobs that exist currently because of us buying these things will go away. They will(at best) shift from the places that they exist now to the jobs funded by these projects. As indicated above, this is best case. Because items that we want to purchase will now be more expensive to buy locally(because of the increased taxes on them) some of us will buy them elsewhere. This will mean a reduction in jobs, not an increase.

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