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Foundation Statement on T-SPLOST Vote Results

Kelly McCutchen, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a state-focused think tank, had this response to the results of the regional transportation sales tax (T-SPLOST) referendum, which failed in metro Atlanta by a vote of 63 percent against to 37 percent for passage, and passed in three of the other 11 regions:

“The voters have spoken. Now it’s up to the Legislature to provide leadership in establishing transportation policy, projects and programs that ensure greater mobility and congestion relief,” McCutchen said.

“The 10-year tax would have relieved congestion in some areas of the 10-county metro region, but clearly there is much more to be done to improve regionwide mobility for commuters, freight and through traffic.

“We have long been proponents of common-sense, cost-effective and market-based approaches for Georgia. The Foundation looks forward to seeing that happen in transportation and participating, on behalf of Georgia’s taxpayers and voters, as the process moves forward,” McCutchen added.