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'T-SPLOST Prospects Look Dim'

Charles Bullock of the University of Georgia sees small chance of the initiative passing.


Georgia Republicans' aversion to any kind of tax, and concern about riling the Tea Party, are helping to consolidate opposition to the state's one-percent sales tax referendum for transportation, UGA professor Charles Bullock said in an analysis of a recent Patch survey.

showed overwhelming opposition to the TSPLOST referendum. Bullock, a longtime observer of Georgia politics, says that while the Tea Party didn't put up as many primary challengers to sitting Republican legislators as it had hoped, anti-tax pressure within the party remains high.

"So although tons of money is being spent to encourage voting for the T-SPLOST and the , it looks like it will go down to defeat," Bullock said in an analysis emailed to Patch. "We have the interesting phenomenon of disagreement between many GOP leaders and a group usually closely associated with the GOP (the Chamber)."

Bullock concluded: "With GOP leadership unwilling to step forward and reassure conservative, anti-tax voters that the projects to be funded with the T-SPLOST are meritorious, there is scant prospect for approval."

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Ralph Ellis July 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Do you agree with "scant prospect for approval"?
Ms. July 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I would like to say that I'm sure as h**** not a Tea Partier, Republican, or anti-tax if I feel it's warranted, but I am thoroughly fed up with the county and state government black hole of taxes and mismanagement. And after having thoroughly reviewed the list, much of it has nothing to do with congestion. E-SPLOST just went through, Dekalb raised taxes, completely insane property appraisals from the county that they won't address without an appeal- that they KNOW are faulty, and now they're asking for more. Two weeks ago we paid $500 for tags for 2 not new cars. How much in taxes and fees is enough every year? All these random taxes add up and really have the ability to affect a families bottom line. No one wants to find alternative solutions for anything, just keep raising taxes for any and everything. It's totally out of hand. I was pretty surprised E-SPLOST passed, so I'm not even going to try and guess this one.
bulldogger July 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Know how you feel, Ms.....my three year old trucks ad valorem taxes are more than some folks in Snellville pay for property taxes on their homes. There's no way I will vote for TSPLOST; however, let me warn you folks who are ambivalent on this forever tax......believe me, all those folks and their families who work with the GADOT or any company who has a stake in it's passage, will be out in force to vote "YES" on the referendum. That is why it is so important that we all go to the polls as a show of force, to tell these "Leaders"? that we're TEA and we're not gonna vote for any new taxes. Remember what happened on the ESPLOST referendum......all of those school employees and families showed up at the polls and hardly anyone else did.......that's the only reason it passed. VOTE NONONONONONONONO ON JULY 31ST, PLEASE.

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