By Ron Sifen
Voters in Cobb County and the entire Atlanta region have spoken and delivered the following clear message. It is not the job of government to invent boondoggles on which to spend our money, and then increase our taxes to pay for boondoggles.
Many groups did a great job of putting together factual information and getting the information out to the public without much money. The Traffic Truth group, Tea Party groups, along with the Sierra Club and NAACP, plus the phenomenal analysis performed by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and Reason Foundation, and numerous state legislators who were outraged over the projects list, all worked together to inform the public about many things that were wrong with the TSPLOST. Several columnists also helped. Continue reading
TSPLOST was trounced in the Atlanta Region on Tuesday evening. The No vote won with 63% of the vote to the 37% Yes vote. The pro-TSPLOST campaign was stunned by the fact that that throwing $8-10 Million into advertising didn’t work out too well for them. The grassroots “pennies” campaign on the other hand proved that voters are tired of the Chamber, CIDs, lobbyists and political cronies that think they can buy an election with lies. We don’t trust the politicians and over and over again they prove why we shouldn’t.
A huge thanks go out to everyone in the grassroots effort that made this happen. The Transportation Leadership Coalition at TrafficTruth.net did an excellent job spreading the TRUTH!
By Ron Sifen
The TSPLOST was supposed to be about reducing traffic congestion.
The Atlanta Regional Commission has conceded that the TSPLOST projects list will do little to reduce regional commute times. The ARC says they are defining “alleviating traffic congestion” as meaning increasing the number of people who can reach a point in the region within 45 minutes. The ARC has conceded that this has nothing to do with improving the flow of traffic, and that it will have an insignificant impact on reducing commute times. Continue reading
By Ron Sifen
TSPLOST supporters have brought in a Washington, D.C. developer, Chris Leinberger, who is also a consultant on urbanism and smart growth, to race-bait the TSPLOST.
Leinberger told the Cumberland Area Community Improvement District board last week that “MARTA really stands for ‘Moving African Americans Rapidly Through Atlanta.’ You’ve racialized it. The white suburban neighborhoods and places have completely ignored the economic development potential that MARTA could have been and will be in the future.” Continue reading
Here is an excerpt from the email that went out today. If you don’t have your yard signs, bumper stickers or push cards, visit TrafficTruth.com now!
“Only 25 days remain before the big July 31st referendum for the Regional Transportation Tax. The proponents are unleashing an $8,000,000+ war chest of propaganda to sell you on this tax. We don’t have that kind of money but what we do have is the TRUTH and PASSION. It’s time for us to do all we can to get the word out. We’ve got new resources that will help us do just that: yard signs, bumper stickers and push cards. We’ve packaged these up in convenient bundles that can be shipped to you directly.”
The Transportation Leadership Coalition issued a Press Release today about the TSPLOST Ballot Language:
Media Contact: Claire Bartlett, 404-384-3256
Transportation Leadership Coalition Initiates Legal Inquiry Against Secretary of State Brian Kemp
Kemp has no legal authority to add promotional language to Georgia ballot.
July 2, 2012, Roswell, GA – Today, the Transportation Leadership Coalition (TLC) took the first formal step towards litigation challenging Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp for adding promotional language to the official state ballot in order to promote passage of Referendum 1. Referendum 1, commonly called T-SPLOST, is an $18B transportation program funded by a sales and use increase that is subject to voter approval in the July 31, 2012 primary election.
On behalf of TLC, Atlanta attorney Pitts Carr has taken the necessary initial action to protect the Georgia state ballot from political interference. Carr is a founding partner of the nationally recognized firm Pitts & Carr and served Georgia as a special assistant attorney general in the challenge to the constitutionality of individual mandate within the Patient Protection and Affordability Act. Continue reading
Thanks to Bob Jackson of Cobb for sending me this Flyer “Referendum for Another 1% Sales Tax!”. I especially like the “Feed the Pig” pic. Take a look and feel free to print it and distribute it around. It is meant to be printed double sided and then cut so that it is 1/2 sheet.
By Ron Sifen
Last week, Cobb DOT presented its interim report on the Connect Cobb – Northwest Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis.
I have been talking about huge cost differentials for different kinds of transit for a long time. This report confirms how extreme these differentials are. (Please note that Cobb presented national averages, and not Cobb-specific cost projections for this corridor.)
Costs to build:
* Light rail: $40 million to $120 million per mile
* Bus Rapid Transit (or BRT): $4 million to $50 million per mile
* Express Bus: $1 million to $2 million per mile.
Annual costs to operate and maintain:
* Light rail: $13 million to $33 million
* Bus Rapid Transit: $4 million to $29 million
* Express Bus: $4 million to $10 million Continue reading
By Ron Sifen
If the TSPLOST is approved, and after the projects are built, will you have a shorter commute time? The ARC recently admitted that the answer is NO.
Instead, the ARC says that “alleviating traffic congestion” is defined as increasing the number of people who can hypothetically reach a given point within 45 minutes. Paying $6.14 billion of your tax dollars for this projects list equals no reduction of commute times. Continue reading
The Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC now has Vote NO signs available for order. Here is what their email stated:
“We need to have orders in as soon as possible so that we can place this first order of signs. The deadline for you to participate in this order is Monday, May 21st at midnight. The best pricing is to get a minimum order of 1000 signs. The cost per sign is $4.00 each. This includes stand, freight, and taxes.
Once the signs have been produced and delivered, we will notify you of a date and time to pick up your signs. If you are out of the region or need your signs shipped, there will be an additional packing and shipping charge.”
Click on the sign to order>>>>>>
The Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC has announced it’s new website TrafficTruth.net. The website is a grassroots campaign to inform voters about the Truth of the July 31st Sales Tax Referendum. They have a Fact Sheet, mailing list sign-up, online Donation and Facebook & Twitter Links. Take a look and see why “Another Tax won’t help your Traffic Jam”.
Vote “NO” On Regional Transportation Referendum – July 31, 2012.
An article in The Saporta Report this week talked about the campaign strategy for the pro-TSPLOST groups. Sounds like they just want all of us to just go to Hawaii so we won’t be around for the vote. I have news for them: All of their Special Interest Groups have gotten their hands on our money and we don’t have any left for a vacation, much less a trip to Hawaii. We are here to stay and will continue to counter their disinformation campaign.
“We’ll divide them by ‘hard no,’ ‘hard yes,’ and ‘swing.’ We’ll ignore the ‘hard no’s’ and have them go to Hawaii, maybe, on the 31st [election day]. We’ll target swing voters and educate them more about what we’re doing and what this about.”
via Campaign strategy: TV ads for transportation sales tax show no local leader, nor any living creature | SaportaReport.
By Ron Sifen
In the last few days, several pro-TSPLOST advocates have challenged me regarding my opposition to the Cobb light rail project.
One emphatically defended the Cobb light rail project. Another emphatically denied that the Cobb light rail project is on the TSPLOST projects list. Hmmm.
Let’s take a closer look at this “phantom” light rail for Cobb. Continue reading
Here is what the TSPLOST referendum will look like on your ballot on July 31st. I went ahead and filled it in for you….
( ) Yes
( X) No
Shall _____ County’s transportation system and the transportation network in this region and the state be improved by providing for a 1 percent special district transportation sales and use tax for the purpose of transportation projects and programs for a period of ten years.