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Learning From T-SPLOST Mistakes: Honest Feedback Needed for General Assembly

Learning from mistakes is critical to our future - Let's give Senator Unterman some good ideas to press as the General Assembly seeks to improve transportation legislation.

Yesterday, I wrote about a pressing issue of this (non-)election cycle: holding our State Senator Renee Unterman (Senate Site |Facebook Page) accountable for keeping the status quo of questionable ethics and unmitigated influence on the Senate's Leadership.  (Link:  

To that end, I "I [urged] Senator Unterman to call for a meeting of the committee on Assignments, and to have Senators like Don Balfour removed from the leadership ranks, so that our Senator will no longer be linked to such ilk."  

While criticism is often much easier to dispense and deflect, constructive feedback and partnerships are much harder to both embrace and build.  To her credit, Sen. Unterman is embracing social media by taking to Facebook to solicit feedback on the failed T-SPLOST, and how we think she should represent our interests moving forward.

I was going to link directly to her post, so that she could get even more feedback on the T-SPLOST, but alas, she has chosen to de-friend me.  I'll write more about social media etiquette tomorrow, but for now, please feel free to post what you think the legislature should do next.  

Personally, here are my ideas:

  • I am not a big fan of HOT lanes or toll lanes
  • I would like to see the DOT's organization aligned better with local planning.
  • There is $200 Million worth of gas tax currently appropriated for general debt service - that should go back to the transportation expenditures.
  • I would like to see her to work to heal the Gwinnett area into a region with Atlanta, since we are symbiotic.

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R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 30, 2012 at 04:20 AM
So I proposed recombining as regional governments. I doubt the elected leaders that were so Gun Ho for TSPLOST really WANT the regional approach under those conditions. When they are, I'll listen
Jeffrey Allen August 31, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Do away with the D.U.M.B. lanes and end the Ga 400 toll. Period. I mean, really now, that's the best "new" ideas they have...a sliding scale toll lane that makes traffic worse? Skirting responsibility just ain't gonna cut it. There are no physical barriers...simply set all the digital signs to read "HOV lane OPEN to cars with two or more occupants", set all the price tickers to $0.00 and stop enforcing the peach pass. You could debate and point fingers and play politics as usual, or you could set a firm date to do away with it. Tomorrow works for me. Not so simple, you say? We'll see. Such a firm date has been set with the 400 Toll Lanes. Will they follow through? Honestly, I give that a 50/50 change. Deal's reelection is on the line as is, no way he'll keep his job if he falls though on another promise.
Laura Cope August 31, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Jeffery, what else has Deal failed at? Thx
Kristi Reed August 31, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Agreed - HOT lanes and GA400 toll need to go. I was perfectly satisfied with the HOV lanes because that was a practice that positively rewarded "good" behavior (carpooling). HOT lanes reward no one because you can't use them without paying a price (unless you consider the ability to pay the toll its own reward). Instead, these lanes are punitive due to the adverse impact they have on the other lanes of travel.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 31, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Well there is that small matter of spending our resources traveling around supporting a TSPLOST “non tax increase”, tax increase because the voters would decide… Remember? This move even wrapped Politifact’s little meter around a peg or two and caused it to FLIP upside down for awhile…

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