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Newsletter 335

Newsletter 335

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TIA Costs More than it Gives; Who is Behind T-SPLOST?; Gary Barham Kick Off; Monroe Roark: County Budget; Stockbridge Mayor & Council; Henry County Budget Woes; Marsha Schobert’s Wisdom
TIA Costs More than it Gives; Who is Behind T-SPLOST?; Gary Barham Kick Off; Monroe Roark: County Budget; Stockbridge Mayor & Council; Henry County Budget Woes; Marsha Schobert’s Wisdom

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The Citizen Newsletter 
The Conservative Voice of Henry County
 In This Issue:
 Page Feature
2 TIA Costs More than it Gives3 Who is Behind T-SPLOST?4 Gary Barham Kick Off 5 Monroe Roark: County Budget6
Stockbridge Mayor & Council
7 Henry County Budget Woes8 Marsha Schobert
s Wisdom
 Issue # 335
March 28, 2012 
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Transit costs more than it gives
By Steve Brown, Fayette County Commissioner
The Transportation Investment Act, or TIA, is turning into an infomercial like you see on TV, promising torevolutionize your lives, never living up to the hype.TIA was created to relieve regional
congestion, but the process was hijacked by special interestdesires, shelving many legitimate road projects.Over half the total funding, $3.2 billion, is going to a mode of transportation that less than 5 percent of commuters choose to use
mass transit.The indoctrination via the advertising on why you should vote for the TIA has begun. Special interests, mostrecently the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network, backed by groups such as the Metro Atlanta Chamber,are spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 million trying to convince you to support the TIA. Theobvious question is, if the list of projects is so beneficial, then why do they need to spend so much trying topersuade us?Likewise, if voting for the TIA is a no-brainer, then why did the
build in a financial penalty forlocal county transportation projects if the TIA is voted down?Even with all their power and money, these special interests know it
s the voters
demanding efficient andaccountable government and not likely to be wooed by the thought of perpetual indebtedness to an underusedand broken transit system
who have the real power to simply say
s a tough sell, saying the way to solve our
congestion problem is to take our mass-transit system
 that is 80 percent or more subsidized, with huge budget deficits, has billions in backlogged maintenance and isused by less than 5 percent of commuters
and make it bigger.Look for small print on those ads saying the only way to fund the exorbitant future operations andmaintenance expenses of an expanded transit system is with a permanent regional sales tax. Once you installthe permanent regional sales tax, it never goes away.The barrage of favorable TIA ads with no reporting of the harsh financial downside could influence voters whoknow very little about our infrastructure.Sadly, most government officials refer to inflated
economic development
benefits because the TIA does littlefor
congestion.We need formal debates on the TIA as soon as possible and to upload them to the Internet. The votersdeserve to hear both sides of the argument, not just a whitewashed horde of feel-good ads from chamber of commerce types.Hopefully, TIA supporters will accept my debate challenge, and let
s have two teams provide an open dialogueso the voters can be properly informed and not brainwashed by $7 million worth of lopsided advertisi
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Inside the loop:A look at whos behind the push for atransportation sales tax
 for the Atlanta Business Chronicle
This story was updated Tuesday morning. The flow chart depicting the campaign structure was changed to reflect new information on its social media vendor as provided by Citizens for Transportation Mobility, Inc.
 A bakers dozen of community leaders serve on the boards of two campaigns to promote passage of this
summers vote on a proposed 1 percent sales tax that is to raise $6.14 billion to build roads and transit.The two campaigns are run by two distinct organizations. Both MAVEN and Citizens for TransportationMobility, Inc. are set up with the Secretary of State as non-profit corporations, and one is registered as a fund-raising committee with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.The campaign strategy is for MAVEN to educate voters through April. CTM then will start a persuasioncampaign to convince voters to actually go to the polls during the July 31 primary election and support thereferendum.Click here to download an attachment with a hierarchical flow chart of the campaign:
Click here to download an attachment with CTMs board members and corporate officers:
Click here to download an attachment with MAVENs board members and corporate officers:
CTM first registered with the state campaign finance commission on June 2, 2010. CTM has not filed acampaign disclosure statement and is not required to do so until 15 days before the election, which is set forJuly 31. A grace period extends the filing deadline to July 23.CTM spokesman Jeff Dickerson said the organization expects to file a financial disclosure in May. CTM
released a partial list of donors to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which ran the list Sunday next to aneditorial that was generally supportive of the sales tax.Click here to see the list of donors.CTM first registered as a non-profit the same day it filed with the state campaign finance commission. Thepaperwork shows the initial board of directors included three local business leaders: Bill Linginfelter, an areapresident of Regions Bank; David Stockert, president/CEO of Post Properties; and Sam Williams, president of
the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.The purpose of the corporation is to advocate for passage of the 1 percent sales tax for transportation. It is not
a political action committee, or PAC. Instead, it filed as a ballot committee, meaning that it intends to campaignon behalf of a question that will be posed on a ballot.

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