From the press release:
For Immediate Release
Date: June 14, 2012
Contact: Julianne Thompson at [redacted]
TSPLOST – THE UNFAIR TAX
Tea Party Leaders Blast Pro-T-SPLOST Campaign As Being Promoted On Falsehoods
Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Tea Party Leaders Debbie Dooley and Julianne Thompson blast the pro-T-SPLOST campaign as being deceptive to metro-Atlanta voters.
Thompson stated, “Citizens for Transportation Mobility, the high dollar public relations arm of the pro-T-SPLOST political campaign has shown in their recent attacks that they are worried and desperate. Recent polls show that voters are becoming more educated on this tax, and that this referendum is going to fail. A new Insider Advantage Poll shows 47% voting against it, and only 32% favorable to the tax. In addition, the poor public relations strategy for this tax has been built on false promises to the public, which are being brought to light.”
She continued, “The Atlanta Tea Party has always supported tax reform, with the vast majority of our activists supporting a consumption tax over what is currently in place. Both Debbie and I have stated on multiple occasions that that infrastructure improvements and traffic relief must be addressed, however, the project list created by regional roundtable does nothing to relieve traffic congestion. It does nothing to bring in new jobs. It does two things: It creates the largest tax increase in Georgia history, and it creates a bailout for a failing MARTA. This project list is fiscal irresponsibility at it’s worst.”
The Tea Party leaders point to a recent study by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation that states, “Proponents are campaigning hard. Unfortunately, the plan barely translates into improved regional mobility. Operating in an if-you-build-it-they-will-come fugue, regional leaders allocate more than half the expected funds to expensive transit projects, most of which would not offer congestion relief within 10 years, if ever.”
On April 16, 2012, the Atlanta Journal Constitution released Politifact’s Truth-O-Meter found Atlanta Regional Commission’s claim of T-SPLOST creating or supporting an additional 200,000 jobs mostly false.
Dooley stated, “Although we support a consumption-based approach, we have made it clear repeatedly that until elected officials earn our trust by showing they are fiscally responsible with the tax dollars they have now, they should not be given more. Elected officials must prove they have made cuts in other areas such as cutting all tax-payer funding to build a new, nearly half a billion dollar stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, and other such government waste. The impulse should be to cut in others areas in order to fund projects that are high priority.”
Dooley continued, “The Atlanta Tea Party believes that users of roadways or mass transit should be the ones to pay for maintenance, expansion and upgrades. In other words, a consumption based tax that would only impact users of roadways. T-SPLOST does the opposite. It takes the majority of the tax revenue to fund mass transit-related projects which will be used by less that 5% of the people paying the tax.”
“During these tough economic times, people can barely make ends meet. The damage this tax will do is far reaching,” said Dooley.
Both Thompson and Dooley stated, “Many people do not realize that T-SPLOST will also tax food and prescription drugs. And for single mothers trying to put food on the table and for senior citizens barely able to make ends meet, this is a travesty.”
Thompson added, “The negative economic impact for the taxpayers will be significant, as there is no funding in place for the long-term maintenance of the projects. Be certain that this T-SPLOST will be merely the first in a long line of taxes imposed on the citizens of metro-Atlanta under the false premise of economic development. Add to that the new tax on food and prescription drugs this would create and it is easy to see that T-SPLOST is truly the UNFAIR Tax.”
For more information contact Julianne Thompson at [redacted].