Posted: Monday, July 9th 2012 at 4:48pm
Ga Senate GOP leader opposes transportation vote
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - Georgia's Senate majority leader is now opposing a transportation sales tax referendum that would fund metro Atlanta's largest infrastructure investment in decades.
Republican Sen. Chip Rogers of Woodstock says most of the money wouldn't help solve traffic congestion. Rogers also says many of the projects will still need funding long after the 10-year tax expires.
Rogers appeared Monday with the Transportation Leadership Coalition, which is working to defeat the tax. Rogers' stance puts him opposite Republicans including Gov. Nathan Deal, who supports the plan.
Georgia lawmakers last year voted to allow 12 regions throughout the state ask residents whether to approve a 1-cent sales tax hike to fund a pre-approved list of projects. The vote is set for this month's primary.
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