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T-SPLOST aftermath: South Georgians to lead transportation policy development

Former state representatives Johnny Floyd and Jay Shaw have been elected the heads of the state's transportation council.

Former state representatives Johnny Floyd and Jay Shaw have been elected the heads of the state's transportation council.

CORDELE, Ga. — As the governor tries to piece together the future of Georgia's transportation network in the wake of the failure of the controversial "T-SPLOST" initiative, the state's transportation board has tapped two former South Georgia lawmakers to lead the body that will develop Georgia's infrastructure policy.

Johnny Floyd, a former state representative from District 147 in Cordele, was elected chairman of the panel, while former state rep. Jay Shaw of District 176 in Lakeland, was elected as vice chairman.

"We have our work cut out for us on this board and in this department," Floyd said in a statement. "We need to hear what the voters were saying and work with Governor (Nathan) Deal ... to make the most of the resources we have."

Their promotions come in the wake of most Georgia regions, including metro Atlanta, rejecting a sales tax hike that would have paid for $18 billion in transportation projects statewide.

Voters in three of the 12 districts did, however, pass the T-SPLOST bill and will begin collecting revenues for transportation projects early next year.

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Nous_Defions 1 year, 8 months ago

Floyd said in a statement. "We need to hear what the voters were saying and work with Governor (Nathan) Deal ... to make the most of the resources we have."

YOU HEARD US Gov. Deal!!!!! And we said HELL NO!!!

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chinaberry25 1 year, 8 months ago

Cut out this Medicaid and have them take responsibility for their own actions. If they get pregnant out of wedlock or in wedlock and cannot afford this baby, then go to work to support this baby. I worked with a girl who had a child and she had a beeper and a cell phone and and sports car and paid no rent at all. Still we paid for that child and she knew who daddy was. There should be a reward for whistle blowers on baby daddies.

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Jimboob 1 year, 8 months ago

We decided that dirt roads were good enough for our parents so they should be good enough for us. In Dallas they made the better highways toll roads because people wouldn't raise taxes. Now most pay tolls rather than drive stop and go clear across town. Maybe that's something to look at.

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