ARC President Talks Taxes and Regionalism

“Are we creating pockets and islands of folks who will become increasingly dependent on others for transportation?” said Hooker. “As our population becomes more diverse, the dominant groups will be younger, less educated and poorer. Are we creating a permanent underclass, increasing social friction?” Doug Hooker

Doug Hooker, president of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), gave a speech on regionalism at Tuesday’s GreyStone Power luncheon.

Hooker spoke mostly about the concept of governing and making decisions as a region rather than a state or county. Specific focus was given to the July 31 vote on a one-cent regional sales tax for transportation projects, known as the T-SPLOST.

“Regardless of the outcome of the T-SPLOST vote, we should not overlook the significance of the moment,” said the Georgia Tech and Emory University graduate. “The very act of having a regional vote is extremely significant.”

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