T-SPLOST was authorized through legislation which passed in the year 2010. House Bill 277 was named the "Transportation Investment Act of 2010." It passed in the Senate by a vote of 43-8 and in the House by a vote of 141-29. The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Perdue on June 2, 2010.
While the General Assembly has been busy with bills which will change current laws in Georgia or add new ones to the books, the members have also been introducing several hundred resolutions.
Last week, an amendment to an existing law pertaining to “the riding of bicycles on roadways and bicycle paths” was filed in the Senate by Sen. Miller of the 49th (SB 468).
Perhaps because the General Assembly has been focused and working hard on the supplemental budget for the fiscal year ending 2012 and the “big budget” which will run from 2012 to 2013, it has not focused on many new laws or amendments to existing laws. However, some legislation which affects our region has started moving and has received a favorable vote in the Senate.
I heard a buzz toward the end of 2011 and more frequently in 2012 that there is a need for the General Assembly to eliminate the sales tax on energy used for manufacturing (some organizations such as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce are also asking to broaden that to include elimination of sales tax on energy used in mining and agriculture).
The State budget writers received more bad news this week. The Revenue Department announced that February collections declined by almost 10%. In dollars, they decreased by $62,197,000. Solutions are hard to find. Cut services or raise revenues? Here are three examples of proposals.Michael Meyer von Bremen, guest columnist
The General Assembly is taking a lengthy adjournment to allow time to work on the budget and the greatly decreased collections in revenue related to the recession, among others.