House Transportation Package Leaves out New Revenues, Could Harm Key Services
Georgia needs a sustained commitment to transportation that includes new revenues or it will struggle to thrive in the 21st century. A funding proposal unveiled by House legislative leaders in January 2015 includes some reasonable reforms of Georgia’s gas tax system but could cause undue harm to other critical state investments. Rather than raising new revenues above what Georgia now collects, it diverts funds from existing pots of tax money. It moves money from the state’s general budget and its local governments, which will require immediate cuts to other state services and limit the ability of cities and counties to pay for schools, road maintenance and other public needs. State lawmakers can address these shortcomings by including some common sense tax reforms in the plan to raise new revenues. Download the report.