WXIA 11Alive T-SPLOST Poll: Voters say NO

ATLANTA — Two weeks ahead of the primary election, an exclusive 11Alive News poll shows a majority of voters oppose a tax increase for regional transportation projects. The Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) would equal one cent for every dollar spent in a given region.


Among likely voters surveyed by SurveyUSA for 11Alive News, across the state, 48% said they would vote against T-SPLOST and 36% said they would vote for it if the primary were today; 16% were still undecided. The margin of error was 3.4%.





T-SPLOST: Tax Proponents Resort to name calling: “Racists”

The Marietta Daily Journal reports supporters of the July 31 transportation sales tax referendum has resorted to calling tax foes “racists” as polls show 56% of likely voters say no to the tax.

Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee has also described opponents of a proposed rail line from Midtown to Cumberland Mall as racists, according to MDJ.

“And one of the major reasons is that you turned your back on MARTA,” Leinberger said. “You have so underinvested in MARTA, and of course we all know what MARTA really stands for. It’s not the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit. It is 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.”



WSBTV Poll: 56% Oppose Sales Tax Referendum 1 (T-SPLOST)

From WSB TV Atlanta : A poll conducted less than three weeks before the Georgia statewide primary shows support for a transportation referendum continued to slip.

A majority of black voters no longer support the measure for the first time. Pollster John Garst said opposition from state Sen. Vincent Fort and other community leaders has hurt the TSPLOST in more urban areas. Opposition has grown among Republicans since the last poll on June 29, while support among Democrats has almost dropped below 50 percent as well.







Outside the perimeter, 64 percent are opposed to the tax and just 28 percent supporting the plan.  Opposition to the TSPLOST also rose among women, younger voters and Democrats, according to the poll.

Early Voting, July 31 Referendum: Where to vote?

Early voting for the July 31 Democrat & Republican primary is underway. The transportation sale tax referendum will be listed at the end of the ballot as “Special Election Referendum 1”  We ask that you vote “NO” on this $18 Billion sales tax ($8.4 billion – 10 County, Atlanta Region). Tell your friends and neighbors! Your vote will count!

To learn more about when and where to vote go to Georgia Secretary of State Elections website http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/

Coalition Initiates Legal Inquiry Against Secretary of State Brian Kemp

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.

TLC recently uncovered that promotional language, in addition to the ballot question provided by the legislature, was added to Georgia’s official ballot to encourage passage of Referendum 1, the T-SPLOST sales tax increase for road and transit projects. The Secretary of State took responsibility for the language and the unprecedented act of modifying the ballot with no apparent legal authority.

Today’s formal inquiry from attorney Carr directs Secretary of State Brian Kemp to cite the legal authority for adding the language “Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.”

Carr’s letter in part reads:

“Secretary of State Kemp concluded that the preamble “is referenced in the original legislation”.  Nowhere does that language appear in O.C.G.A. 48-8-240 et seq.  To the contrary, the ballot language was specifically directed by the legislature as noted above.” Continue reading

Political Insider Channel 2 poll: Transportation sales tax support slips

AJC Political Insider Jim Galloway reports support for the July 31 transportation 1% sales tax referendum is slipping. A Rosetta Stone Communications poll conducted for Channel 2 Action News found only 38 percent of voters in 10 metro counties support the proposed tax, while 49 percent oppose the plan.

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Is transportation tax question biased?

The controversy over the ballot wording of the transportation tax referendum continues. Many are wondering how and why a “bias” preamble ended up on the ballot when the law is specific as to how the ballot question shall read.

The Dalton Daily Citizen filed this report:

The July 31 general primary ballot includes a regional transportation tax, and if all voters know about the tax is what they read on the ballot, they may believe it sounds pretty good.

The preamble to the referendum says the proposed tax, “Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and improve roads and safety with citizen oversight.”

And that has some critics of the tax seeing red.

Last week, Tax Party groups, conservative activists and others opposed to the tax gathered at the capitol in Atlanta to demand the preamble be removed from the ballot, saying the language was biased in favor of the measure.


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Sales tax ballot wording to mislead Georgia voters?

A controversy is spinning around the ballot language of the July 31 transportation sales tax referendum. If passed, the ten county Atlanta region sales tax would cost taxpayer nearly $9 billion over 10 years .

The controversy is over the “preamble” of  the  “SPECIAL ELECTION Referendum 1” on the July 31 primary ballot.  The preamble reads “Provides local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.”

James Bell, Director of Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, said the wording was cleverly crafted in an attempt to influence voters opinion of the tax and to mislead the public.

According to Bell, this is a desperate attempt by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to influence the out come of the tax vote. In an email exchange with a member of the Transportation Leadership Coalition , Kemp took credit (or blame) for the preamble to the ballot question.

More on this issues later.

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Is transportation tax referendum ballot language legal?

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Transportation Leadership Coalition Uncovers Unethical Ballot Language
Marketing language taints ballot question in an effort to sway votes in favor of the largest tax increase in Georgia history.

June 21, 2012, Roswell, GA – Today, citizens from across Georgia call on the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State to remove language that was wrongly placed on state ballots.  The language improperly promotes a ballot question on the largest tax increase in Georgia history.  Marketing language, not authorized by law, was added to Referendum 1, the TSPLOST issue, offering misleading and untrue statements about the referendum.

“We are disappointed that our elected officials would act in such a corrupt manner,” said Jack Staver, chairman of Transportation Leadership Coalition.  “Our leaders know this proposed tax can’t stand on its own merits.  So they have resorted to back room trickery, deceit, and misleading the people of Atlanta and Georgia.” Continue reading

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