Posted: Saturday, July 21st 2012 at 1:29pm
Supporters gather for "Grillin' with the Governor"
By Jerry Gunn Staff
GAINESVILLE - Governor Nathan Deal used his Second Annual 'Grillin' with the Governor' at Lake Lanier to say hello and say thanks Saturday.
The parking lot was full; seated at the tables under the giant tent set up at the Olympic Rowing Venue were hundreds of supporters from Northeast Georgia and around the state and that’s just what the Governor wanted.
“It’s an opportunity for us to be able to invite people from all over the state of Georgia to come up and have an informal discussion and just say hello to them,” the Governor said.
For $15 admission those supporters got a Grillin' with the Governor t-shirt and a BBQ lunch.
With opposition mounting to the Transportation-SPLOST, Governor Deal said again he supports it. He said for the first time the public, not the state, has the opportunity to participate in the process of project selection.
“I think at least it’s an experiment in participatory Democracy,” Deal said. “I believe the project list justifies the additional one cent. It’s a mixed bag; there are those who are opposed to paying any additional tax and there are those who have looked at the project list and say these are important to our counties, cities and our region and those folks are going to support it.”
Voters statewide make their decision on T-SPLOST July 31st during the state primary election, with T-SPLOST divided into 12 regions.
“Most of the projects have significance within the regions that were carved out,” the Governor added. “They will be voting separately.”
Local candidates campaigning for election on July 31st also put in an appearance at the event.
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