GA -Lt Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston released the following joint statement regarding the final passage of H.B. 277, which provides the state of Georgia with a transportation funding solution:
"Today's accomplishment is yet another example of the House and Senate working together to address Georgia's most pressing issues. Just as we collaborated to find responsible solutions for the budget, to provide tax cuts, to create a more sustainable water supply, and to expand job growth, the passage of this bill is the result of many hours of negotiation and a willingness to seek out common ground.
"We greatly appreciate Governor Perdue and his office for their input and involvement in this process. We applaud our Transportation Committee Chairmen, Senator Jeff Mullis and Representative Jay Roberts, as well as the members of this conference committee for their commitment to reach an agreement that helps Georgia meet its transportation goals.
"This bill takes us in the right direction at the right time and will address our congestion problems in metro Atlanta as well as our transportation infrastructure needs throughout the state. It also recognizes the role mass transit plays in solving our transportation needs and will provide relief for MARTA's budgetary challenges, while we continue to explore ways to ensure the transit system remains financially viable into the future.
"Our regional approach is a flexible and optional solution, which allows for true local input and influence of transportation projects. Just as our state has many diverse transportation needs, a funding mechanism should respect the diverse regional needs and should have the approval of voters. We made it a priority this session to address our state's transportation infrastructure and we look forward to putting this before Georgia voters for their consideration."