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Lt. governor to speak at fundraiser

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, speaking at a meeting of Emerge Albany, said Friday Georgia must abandon its one-size-fits-all educational system in favor of more specialized systems in order to compete in the 21st-century worldwide economy.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, speaking at a meeting of Emerge Albany, said Friday Georgia must abandon its one-size-fits-all educational system in favor of more specialized systems in order to compete in the 21st-century worldwide economy.

ALBANY, Ga. -- ConnectGeorgia, an organization advocating improvements to Georgia's infrastructure, is hosting a fundraising reception today at Chehaw Park.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is scheduled to speak at the event.

ConnectGeorgia is promoting passage of the 1 percent special-purpose local-option transportation sales tax, or T-SPLOST, referendum on July 31 to fund regional improvements to highways and other transportation infrastructure. T-SPLOST would levy an additional 1-cent tax on every purchased item now subject to sales tax. Money donated at the Chehaw Park reception would go toward funding the T-SPLOST campaign only for the 14-county Southwest Georgia region, Assistant Communications Director for ConnectGeorgia Holly West said.

According to West, while there is a suggested minimum contribution of $250 per couple to attend the reception, the public is urged to attend simply to learn about T-SPLOST.

"It's important that people become educated on this so they can make an informed decision on the referendum," West said.

Several levels of contributions are designated, from benefactor, with a $500 donation, to platinum sponsor, at $25,000 or more.

The reception will be from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. at Chehaw's Creekside Education Center. Information is available by calling ConnectGeorgia's Eliza McArthur at (770) 435-5586.

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Trustbuster 2 years, 4 months ago

Fundraisers certainly should attend if they have a "vested interest" in the passage of this special tax. The T-SPLOST supporters must now fear the growing opposition. While there are numerous exemptions to the T-SPLOST it is still a tax increase. The state has powerful forces like the governor, lt. governor and commissioners backing this tax on the working people. I feel that it is unfair to those who are struggling in these economic hard times and most sales taxes are generally regressive. As stated in a previous forum no county can opt out even if the majority of voters opposed the T-SPLOST. This poses constitutional questions as well. May be it is time for the TEA party people to picket the big mules from Atlanta.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

It is against the law. The Legislators were suppose to put on the July ballot whether or not is should be voted on and instead they violated the GA Constitution and put it on the ballot anyway. Now that's the TRUTH...

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Happy 2 years, 4 months ago

Say No to T-Splost. It is another tax in which the people will Have NO say in how it is spent. Tell all of your friends to VOTE No for this tax.

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Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

I like Casey, but I'm still voting NO to T-SPLOST.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

Any time Atlanta comes down here, you better hid your pocketbook. Folks only have a certain amount of money to spend. If 1% more goes to sales tax, then less will go into the coffers of business establishments in all areas of the state. There are already 2 taxes for roads, so why do we need another one? This tax will not create 1 job, and many will be lost because we can buy less with our disposable earnings. Does not take a math expert to figure this out.

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